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This is a meeting place to hear from top thyroid doctors and healthcare professionals.

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Coming in August: Dr. Ashok Shaha from Memorial Sloan Kettering

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: September 2, 2017

Dr. Shaha specializes in head and neck surgery, with a particular interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He uses an algorithm of selective thyroid tumor criteria (the size, location, stage and type of cancer, along with the patient’s age), to tailor therapy to each individual’s circumstances. This can help thyroid cancer patients avoid unnecessary and potentially damaging over-treatment, while still providing the best option for control of their cancer and better quality of life after treatment. Dr. Shaha works very closely with Memorial Sloan Ketterings’ endocrinologists to monitor the careful post-treatment hormone balancing necessary for thyroid cancer patients. Many academic hospitals and medical societies worldwide have invited Dr. Shaha to speak on the principles of targeted thyroid surgery and to share his expertise in the treatment of head and neck cancers.

Coming in August: Dr. Susanne Breen from Pearl Natural Health in Portland

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: September 2, 2017

Dr. Susanne Breen is a board certified naturopathic physician. She completed her medical training at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) after initial medical studies at the Oregon Health Sciences University in conventional medicine.  Healing, she discovered, required more than medication or even natural remedies. Her inspiration came from her advanced studies at NCNM in gastroenterology, including Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), where she learned about the root causes of her personal health challenges. She read Breaking the Vicious Cycle, changed her diet, found direction from practitioners and started her path to health. She brings her personal experience and training to help others do the same.  As a doctor and mother, Dr. Breen knows how important women’s health is to feeling optimal. After childbirth women in France receive a prescription for 10 -20 sessions of pelvic floor therapy, which is recognized as vital to their reinvigoration. Dr. Breen brings this unique and effective therapy to her women patients. Her training and expertise in the areas of gynecology, bio-identical hormones, pelvic floor therapy, botanicals and lifestyle changes offers women a holistic, integrative and comprehensive model of care.

Coming in August: Dr. Michael Tuttle from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: September 2, 2017

Dr. Tuttle is an endocrinologist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York and Professor at the Cornell School of Medicine. He is a board of directors member of the American Thyroid Association and serves on the Medical Advisory Council of ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association). Dr. Tuttle’s research is focused on investigational therapies for thyroid cancer. He was educated at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and was a resident at the Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Coming in August: Dr. Hernán Tala de la Pontificia Universidad de Chile

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: September 2, 2017

El Dr. Hernán Pablo Tala Jury egresado de la Pontificia Universidad de Chile es Especialista en Medicina Interna y subespecializado en Endocrinología. Actualmente el Dr. Tala Jury se encuentra dando consulta en la Clínica Alemana de Santiago.

Coming in August: Dr. Elizabeth Pearce from Boston University

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: September 2, 2017

Elizabeth Pearce, MD, MSc received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard and a masters’ degree in epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and her fellowship in endocrinology at the Boston University Medical Center.  She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition. She has served on the editorial boards for Endocrine Practice, Thyroid, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. She has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Thyroid Association and is currently on the management council of the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders. She recently served as a member of the American Thyroid Association’s Thyroid in Pregnancy Guidelines Task Force.  Her research interests include the sufficiency of dietary iodine in the U.S., thyroid function in pregnancy, the thyroid effects of environmental perchlorate exposure, and the cardiovascular effects of subclinical thyroid dysfunction. Dr. Pearce was the 2011 recipient of the American Thyroid Association’s Van Meter Award for outstanding contributions to research on the thyroid gland.

Coming in September: Dr. Gerard Doherty from Boston Medical Center

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: October 2, 2017

Dr. Doherty, an acclaimed endocrine surgeon, became the Utley professor and chair of Surgery at Boston University and surgeon-in-chief at Boston Medical Center in 2012. A graduate of Holy Cross and the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Doherty completed residency training at University of California San Francisco and a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He joined Washington University School of Medicine in 1993 and became professor of Surgery in 2001. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he focused mainly on surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, endocrine pancreas and adrenal glands, as well as the surgical management of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes.  Dr. Doherty has been at the forefront of outstanding patient care as a devoted clinician, directing much of his time to the care of patients. He has practiced the breadth of the specialty of Surgical Oncology, including as founder and co-director of the Breast Health Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. His clinical and administrative work was integral to the establishment of the renowned, multidisciplinary Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University.   His primary focus at Boston University and Boston Medical Center was on building an excellent Department of Surgery dedicated to meeting the needs of the Boston community and of the students and residents who come to Boston to train. His commitment to enhancing medical education and policy through direct mentorship and teaching is deep-seated. His bibliography includes more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters, in addition to several edited books.

Coming in August: Dr. Takahiro Okamoto with Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: October 2, 2017

Takahiro Okamoto:

1982 MD, University of Tsukuba, School of Medicine
1992 PhD, Tokyo Women’s Medical University
1996 MSc, McMaster University, Graduate School (Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University
2007 Associate Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University
2009 Professor, Department of Endocrine Surgery, Tokyo Women’s Medical University
2015 Professor & Chair, Department of Surgery II, Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Coming in September: Carmelo Nucera, MD, PhD from Harvard Medical School

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: October 2, 2017

I am an MD/PhD with specialty in endocrine cancers and I’m developing as Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School a research program in the “Division of Cancer Biology and Angiogenesis” at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, focused on “preclinical and translational models of human thyroid cancer with an emphasis on mechanisms of metastatic networks, new models of in vitro angiogenesis, tumor microenvironment, and metabolic regulations, using and dissecting new targeted therapies anti-BRAFV600E. I am primarily engaged in basic and translational thyroid cancer research, but also actively participate in tutoring and teaching activities to basic science students and medical students. I have 10-years of research and clinical experience.  In particular, my research interests are in elucidating mechanisms by which the oncogene BRAFV600E leads to the invasive behavior in aggressive, metastatic, and iodine-refractory thyroid cancers.   I’m highly committed and motivated to applying my research and effort to patient care, to facilitate innovation, to solve unmet clinical needs, and improve public health.  I was recently awarded from the American Thyroid Association and from the NIH/NCI for Thyroid Cancer Research, Tumor Microenvironment, and BRAFV600E.

Coming in September: Dr. Bryan McIver from Moffitt Cancer Cente

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: October 2, 2017

Dr. McIver contributes to Moffitt Cancer Center almost 20 years of clinical experience in the care of patients with endocrine diseases, specializing in the evaluation of patients with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. He has a particular interest in the management of patients with advanced and aggressive forms of cancer and the role of genetic and molecular techniques to improve the accuracy of diagnosis; to tailor appropriate treatment to a patientdisease. Dr. McIver has a long-standing basic research interest in the genetic regulation of growth, invasion and spread of thyroid tumors of all types. His primary research focus is the use of molecular and genetic information to more accurately diagnose thyroid cancer and to predict outcomes in the disease. Dr. McIver received his MB ChB degree from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, followed by a clinical fellowship and clinical investigator fellowship in Endocrinology at the School of Graduate Medical Education at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Prior to joining Moffitt, he was employed as Professor and Consultant at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism. Amongst his most proud accomplishments, Dr. McIver counts his two commitment to education of medical students, residents and fellows; his involvement as a founding member of the World Congress on Thyroid Cancer, an international conference held every four years; and his appointment as a member of the Endowed and Master Clinician Program at the Mayo Clinic, recognizing excellence in patient care.

Coming in September: Dr. Angela Leung from UCLA

Start date: August 2, 2017

End date: October 2, 2017

Dr. Angela M. Leung is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at both UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.  After pursuing her undergraduate studies at Occidental College, Dr. Leung completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine. She also studied at the Boston University School of Public Health and obtained a master’s degree in Epidemiology.  Dr. Leung has particular clinical and research interests in thyroid disorders, and she also sees patients regarding parathyroid and adrenal disorders.  She has published widely and lectures frequently on thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and thyroid disease during pregnancy.

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