ThyCa Medical Advisors

Douglas W. Ball, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, MD
Douglas W. Ball, M.D., Endocrinologist, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, is a clinician and researcher specializing in Thyroid Cancer, Medullary Thyroid Cancer, and Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia. His laboratory studies mechanisms underlying the neuroendocrine phenotype seen in some human cancers. Dr. Ball is active in developing new therapies for medullary thyroid cancer, and works in this translational research program in collaboration with other researchers and clinicians. Dr. Ball graduated from George Washington University Medical School and completed further training in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed medical journal articles and has been a speaker at previous ThyCa educational events.
Marcia S. Brose, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Oncologist
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Marcia Brose, M.D., Ph.D., is a Medical Oncologist and Assistant Professor at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she also directs the Cancer Genetics Laboratory and is involved in clinical trials of new treatments for patients with advanced thyroid cancer. Her clinical focus is familial cancer syndromes and cancer risk evaluation, Phase I/II clinical trials, and novel drug target discovery. Her research focuses on genomic characterization of cancers of the head and neck, thyroid, and lung; novel drug target discovery; and the use of genetic testing in the diagnosis, prognostication, and treatment of cancer. Dr. Brose received her bachelor's degree from Amherst College, her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University.
Kenneth D. Burman, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC
Kenneth D. Burman, M.D., is Director of the Section of Endocrinology at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.. His appointments also include Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health and Sciences, Georgetown University of Medicine, and George Washington University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Missouri Medical School, he completed his internship and residency at Barnes Hospital and a fellowship in endocrinology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Burman is board certified in internal medicine as well as endocrinology and metabolism, and is also certified as a specialist in clinical nutrition by the American Board of Nutrition. He currently serves on several committees for the American Thyroid association Council; is a member of the editorial board of Thyroid; is a frequent invited lecturer; and has received awards for patient care, research and teaching.
Mark S. Chambers, D.M.D., M.S.
Dentist/Oral Oncologist
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX
Mark S. Chambers, D.M.D., M.S., is a professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and also serves in the Department of Radiation Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, he also has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Louisville Medical School, and in Chemical Engineering and Biology from Brescia College. He is Chief of Oncologic Dentistry, Director of the Clinical Research Program, and Director of Rotating Residents in the Surgery Division of the Department of Head and Neck Surgery. His work with the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics has led to the advancement of the field as well as the development of the Head and Neck Surgery Department at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Jeffrey A. Cooper, M.D.
Nuclear Medicine Physician
Copernicus Group IRB Washington, DC
Jeffrey A. Cooper, M.D. is Vice President for Global Consulting at WIRB Copernicus Group IRB. Jeff is a physician who trained in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonary disease, and nuclear medicine. During his academic career he was a basic science investigator, clinical investigator, IRB chair, and hospital administrator. Jeff left medical practice in 2002 to help start the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) where he was responsible for the development and operation of the accreditation process. Prior to that Jeff was Associate Medical Director at Albany Medical Center where he was responsible for utilization management and quality improvement. Jeff’s main interest at WIRB Copernicus Group IRB is combining his management and regulatory experience to create systems that promote clinical research while meeting regulatory requirements and high ethical standards. Dr. Cooper received his undergraduate training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and obtained his medical degree from Albany Medical College, and a Masters in Medical Management from H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He trained in pediatrics at the University of Iowa and trained in nuclear medicine at Albany Medical Center. He is board certified in pediatrics, nuclear medicine and nuclear cardiology. After completion of his post-graduate training, Dr. Cooper trained in pulmonary physiology under a National Research Service Award and has been active in basic science and clinical research.
Gary L. Francis, M.D., Ph.D.
Endocrinologist
VCU Children's Medical Center Richmond, VA
Gary L. Francis, M.D., Ph.D. received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Florida and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Florida and Yale University. He then specialized with Fellowship Training in Endocrinology, Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Oklahoma. He joined the Division in 2005 after having previously held faculty appointments at the National Institutes of Health, The Medical College of Georgia, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). While at the USUHS, he directed the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Program for 10 years and trained over 15 fellows. Graduates from that program have assumed leadership roles as Director, Pediatric Fellowship Program, USUHS and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center, Naval Hospital San Diego, Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. Others now serve as Pediatric Endocrinologists at Yale University, and the Children’s Hospitals in Akron, OH, Chattanooga TN, and Detroit MI.
Robert F. Gagel, M.D.
Endocrinologist
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX
Robert F. Gagel, M.D., Endocrinologist, is Director, Division of Internal Medicine, and Professor, Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as well as Adjunct Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. A graduate of Ohio State University Medical School, he completed postgraduate training at Tufts-New England Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. He is a frequent faculty member at medical meetings, serves on numerous committees and advisory groups for professional organizations, and has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications. His studies have focused on transcriptional regulation of the calcitonin gene. He and his colleagues identified the new variant of MEN2. Dr. Gagel has also been active in studies of the development of strategies for treatment of medullary thyroid carcinoma.
Janis I. Halzel, Pharm.D.
Pharmacist
Halzel and Associates Denver, CO
Janis I. Halzel, Pharm.D., Biogen Idec, works in drug safety and clinical data management in the pharmaceutical industry. She is a co-moderator of ThyCa’s Medullary Thyroid Cancer E-mail Support Group and is involved in developing the Medullary Thyroid Cancer content on ThyCa’s web site. She also moderates ThyCa's free webinar series, and represents ThyCa at medical association meetings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the University of Rhode Island and her doctoral degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Bryan R. Haugen M.D.
Endocrinologist
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver, CO
Bryan R. Haugen, M.D., Endocrinologist, University of Colorado School of Medicine, is Professor of Medicine and Pathology, as well as Head, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes, and Chair of Endocrine Neoplasms Research. Dr. Haugen’s clinical and research interests focus on thyroid cancer, including molecular therapeutic targets. Specific areas of research include nuclear hormone receptors (RXR, TR, PPAR) and kinase signaling pathways as therapeutic targets in thyroid cancer, as well as proteomic approaches to molecular markers in thyroid neoplasms. He presented a ThyCa Webinar on Thyrogen in September 2012, available on ThyCa's web site. Dr. Haugen is President of the American Thyroid Association.
Paul W. Ladenson, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, MD
Paul W. Ladenson, M.D. is Director of Endocrinology and Metabolism and The Johns Hopkins Thyroid Tumor Center, as well as Medical Director of The Johns Hopkins Diabetes and Endocrinology Network. He is also Professor of Oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and was a resident in medicine, fellow in primary care medicine, and clinical and research fellow in the endocrine and thyroid units of Massachusetts General Hospital. His major research interests include thyroid carcinoma and cost-effectiveness of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for thyroid diseases. He is on the editorial board of Thyroid and is Associate Editor-Elect (for Thyroidology) of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. In 2000 he received the Robert Graves Award from The Thyroid Society.
Stephanie L. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Endocrinologist
Boston Medical Center Boston, MA
Stephanie L. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.E., Endocrinologist, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine as well as Director of the Thyroid Disease Center at Boston Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and earned her Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego. Her postgraduate training included residency at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center and Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology and a Research Fellowship in Molecular Medicine at the New England Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests are the Etiology and Treatment of Thyroid Disease. She recently participated in writing the American Thyroid Association Evidence-based Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules and cancer and was named in Boston Magazine’s “Boston’s Top Doctors” and the “Guide to America’s Top Physicians.”
Donald Margouleff, M.D.
Nuclear Medicine Physician
North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY
Donald Margouleff, M.D., is a Nuclear Medicine Physician at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York. He is also Clinical Professor at New York University Langone Medical Center. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Clinical Nuclear Medicine.
Bryan McIver, M.D., Ch.B., Ph.D.
Endocrinologist
Moffitt Cancer Center Tampa, FL
Bryan McIver, M.B., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., Endocrinologist. He has extensive experience treating patients with thyroid diseases, specifically those faced with aggressive thyroid cancers. He also runs a research lab, working on thyroid cancer genetics and new treatments for patients with thyroid cancer. He has received numerous awards and honors. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Medical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Vermont; and his M.B. Ch.B. Faculty of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the American Thyroid Association’s Thyroid Cancer Guidelines Development Group.
Mira M. Milas, M.D.
Endocrine Surgeon
Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR
Mira M. Milas, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an Endocrine Surgeon at the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. After graduating from Rice University and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, she completed specialty training at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Emory University Hospitals and School of Medicine and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She has received numerous awards and honors, including being named in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons 2007 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. She is extensively involved in research as well as in training other medical professionals, including, in September, serving as a faculty member for the course Advances in Diagnostic and Interventional Endocrine Neck Ultrasound, sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. At ThyCa events, her sessions have included thyroid cancer basics for newcomers, thyroid surgery in complex situations including liver metastases, and physician-patient communications.
Jeffrey F. Moley, M.D.
Surgeon
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine St. Louis, MO
Jeffrey F. Moley, M.D., Surgeon, is Professor of Surgery, Chief of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, and Associate Director of the Siteman Cancer Center at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Chief of the Surgical Service, at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. Since 2005 he has also served on the American Board of Surgery Surgical Oncology Advisory Committee. Dr. Moley is study chair and principal investigator of clinical trials and studies of treatments for metastatic medullary thyroid cancer and differentiated thyroid cancer. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University Medical School, he completed post-graduate training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. The author of dozens of articles as well as books and monographs, Dr. Moley also serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.
David Myssiorek, M.D.
Otolaryngologist
New York University Clinical Cancer Center New York, NY
David Myssiorek, M.D., F.A.C.S., Otolaryngologist, is Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York University Clinical Cancer Center in New York City, New York. He is also Secretary of the New York Head and Neck Society. Previously he was on the staff of Long Island Jewish Hospital. A graduate of New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Myssiorek did his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and was Chief Resident at New York University/Bellevue. He is the author of numerous articles on thyroid cancer surgery and other head and neck surgery. At ThyCa conferences Dr. Myssiorek has spoken about general surgical issues and issues related to having additional neck surgeries, as well as on the causes, prevention, and solutions for voice issues. His survey on voice issues, conducted in cooperation with ThyCa, received more than 6,000 responses.
Yolanda C. Oertel, M.D.
Cytopathologist
Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC
Yolanda Oertel, M.D. is a Pathologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. She has may years of experience with fine needle aspiration and evaluation of thyroid nodules and has trained many other pathologists in these techniques.
Gregory Randolph, M.D.
Otolaryngologist
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Boston, MA
Gregory W. Randolph, M.D., is an Otolaryngologist, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he directs the thyroid clinic. He is also Clinical Associate in the Division of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. His main clinical interest is thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He earned his medical degree with research honors at Cornell Medical College, New York, and completed postdoctoral training in otolargyngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts. He serves on numerous hospital and national committees, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, is editor of medical texts, and has contributed to practice guidelines for thyroid cancer management. He serves on the editorial board of Head and Neck Journal.
Scot C. Remick, M.D.
Medical Oncologist
Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Morgantown, WV
Scot C. Remich M.D. is a Medical Oncologist at Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgan Town, West Virginia. He graduated from New York Medical College and then completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and his fellowship at University of Wisconsin. Dr. Remick is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine as well as Medical Oncology. His special interests include AIDS Malignancies, AIDS Research, Developmental Therapeutics, General Oncology, Melanoma, and Thyroid Cancer.
Matthew D. Ringel, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Columbus, OH
Matthew D. Ringel, M.D., Endocrinologist, is a thyroid cancer specialist and professor at The Ohio State University Hospital and Research Institute. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in thyroid cancer invasion and new drug testing for thyroid cancer treatment. The focus of his group has been on clarifying the role of the PI3 kinase/Akt pathway in cancer invasion and metastasis, and on identification of novel endogenous metastasis inhibitor pathways in thyroid cancer. He earned his M.D. degree at Pennsylvania State University, followed by internship and residency at Georgetown University, and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.
Arturo R. Rolla, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA
Arturo R. Rolla, M.D. Endocrinologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and has received awards for excellence in teaching from both institutions. His research focuses on thyroid cancer and other endocrine disorders and he is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. Born in Argentina, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from college and medical school at Catholic University of Cordoba. He completed his internship at Mercy Medical Center in Pennsylvania and was chief resident at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He is the owner of the ThyCa listserv, and was integrally involved in the founding of ThyCa.
Pamela Schultz, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.
Nursing Professor/Researcher
New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM
Pamela Schultz, R.N., Ph.D. is Professor of Nursing and Interim Director of the School of Nursing at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her interests include Mental Health and Oncology Research Projects regarding Long-Term Cancer Survivorship and the quality of life of cancer survivors. Previously she was Program Director for Endocrinology in the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where she worked for more than 30 years. In addition to her nursing and doctoral degrees, she has a master’s degree in psychiatric mental health nursing and has facilitated cancer support groups for families and patients.
Martin Schlumberger, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Institute Gustave Roussy Paris, France

Manisha H. Shah, M.D.
Oncologist and Hematologist
Ohio State College of Medicine Columbus, OH
Manisha H. Shah, M.D., Oncologist, is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her clinical research interests include thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine cancers, and adrenal cancers. Her group focuses on discovering new targeted therapies and conducts phase II-III clinical trials, leading many national studies. The group also conducts pre- clinical studies to learn types of drugs and combination of drugs and apply that knowledge to design clinical trials. Dr. Shah is the author of numerous articles.
Steven I. Sherman, M.D.
Endocrinologist
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX
Steven I. Sherman, M.D., Endocrinologist, is Chair of the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, where he is also a Professor. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College, he received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by internship, residency, and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and 3 years as a Clinical Associate Physician, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. His research interests include novel therapies for thyroid carcinoma and recombinant human TSH. He is coauthor of the American Thyroid Association Guidelines on Differentiated Thyroid Cancer and a Board Member of the American Thyroid Association.
Peter A. Singer, M.D.
Endocrinologist
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Los Angeles, CA
Peter A. Singer, M.D., Endocrinologist, graduated from the Medical School of the University of California at San Francisco, and did his internship at Los Angeles County General Hospital (now LAC-USC Medical Center). He then served two years in the military, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Dr. Singer then returned to LAC-USC for a medical residency and an NIH-funded endocrine fellowship. He was for many years a faculty member of the USC Division of Endocrinology at USC. In 1991, Dr. Singer moved his practice to USC and, since then has been Professor and Chief of Clinical Endocrinology at the Keck School of Medicine, USC. In addition to a full-time clinical practice in endocrinology, he also teaches medical students, residents and endocrine fellows. In 2004, Dr. Singer was named the Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He is a Past President, of the American Thyroid Association.
Monica C. Skarulis, M.D.
Endocrinologist
National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD
Monica Skarulis, M.D. is an Endocrinologist in the National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Julie Ann Sosa, M.D., M.A.
Endocrine and Oncologic Surgeon
Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC
Julie Ann Sosa, M.D., M.A., is an Endocrine and Oncologic Surgeon at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She is principal investigator or co-principal investigator of studies of new drug treatments for differentiated thyroid cancer (papillary/follicular), medullary thyroid cancer, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. Following undergraduate education at Princeton University, she received a master's degree in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. She received postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals, Oxford, England. She is a frequent invited lecturer and course leader/instructor for professional audiences.
Carole A. Spencer, Ph.D., F.A.C.B.
Thyroglobulin Researcher
University of Southern California Endocrine Services Laboratory Los Angeles, CA
Carole A. Spencer, Ph.D., F.A.C.B., is Professor of Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at USC, where she also is a licensed medical technologist, and directs the USC Endocrine Laboratories. Dr. Spencer received a B.S. in Applied Biochemistry from Bath University of Technology in England, U.K., and a Ph.D. from the Department of Medicine at Glasgow University, Scotland, U.K. In 1977, she joined the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The author or co-author of more than 80 original papers, chapters and monographs, Dr. Spencer has focused her research on the clinical and laboratory aspects of thyroid disease and treatment. She is a Past President of the American Thyroid Association.
R. Michael Tuttle, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY
R. Michael Tuttle, M.D. is an Endocrinologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, NY. He is an active clinician and researcher specializing in the management of advanced thyroid cancer. He travels extensively both within the US and abroad lecturing on the difficult management issues in thyroid cancer. His research projects in radiation- induced thyroid cancer have taken him from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands to the Hanford Nuclear power-plant in Washington State to regions in Russia that were exposed to fallout from the Chernobyl accident. He serves on the American Thyroid Association committee that produced the current guidelines for the management of benign and malignant thyroid nodules. He also chaired the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Thyroid Cancer Panel, and served on the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug, and as a consultant.
Douglas Van Nostrand, M.D.
Nuclear Medicine Physician
Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC
Douglas Van Nostrand, M.D., Nuclear Medicine Physician, is Director of Nuclear Medicine of the Division of Medicine at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He is also Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital and Director of the Washington Hospital Center’s nuclear medicine residency program. Prior to joining the Hospital Center, Dr. Van Nostrand was director of nuclear medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, after serving in the United States Army as director of nuclear medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and in the US Air Force as director of nuclear medicine at Malcolm Grow Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Van Nostrand completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and his nuclear medicine training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has an M.D. degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a B.S. from Duke University. He has held numerous leadership positions, has received numerous awards, and has authored or coauthored more than 100 abstracts, articles, and chapters. He also has edited and co-edited seven medical books for professionals and patients including the patients’ reference Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Patients, and the medical textbook co-authored with Dr. Leonard Wartofsky, Thyroid Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management.
Steven G. Waguespack, M.D.
Endocrinologist
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX
Steven G. Waguespack, M.D., Endocrinologist, is an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. A native of Louisiana, Dr. Waguespack graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, where he also participated in the presidential scholars honor program. He graduated from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School with honors and pursued training in internal medicine/pediatrics at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He completed a combined adult and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Indiana University and is board certified in both subspecialties. Recognized as one of “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer” in pediatric endocrinology, his major clinical and research interests are thyroid cancer, pituitary tumors, and metabolic bone disease. At M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Waguespack provides endocrine care to patients of all ages.
Leonard Wartofsky, M.D.
Endocrinologist
Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC
Leonard Wartofsky, M.D. is an endocrinologist at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. He is also editor of the medical textbook Thyroid Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management and is co-editor of a thyroid cancer patient education book in progress.
Samuel A. Wells, M.D.
Surgeon
National Cancer Institute NIH, Bethesda, MD
Samuel A. Wells, M.D., Surgeon, is Senior Clinician and Director of the Thyroid Clinical Research Program in the Medical Oncology Branch at the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. His career has focused on research and treatment for medullary thyroid cancer, including Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndromes. His primary focus is the study of molecular targeted therapeutics. Dr. Wells received his M.D. from Emory University, followed by a residency at Duke University. From 1981 to 1998 he was Chair of the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He was a Clinical Associate, and later a Senior Investigator, in the Surgery Branch of the NCI. He was also a Guest Investigator at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ernest L. Mazzaferri, M.D.
Endocrinologist
In Memory and Gratitude
Ernest L. Mazzaferri, M.D., M.A.C.P. was an Endocrinologist and past president of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), as well as a member of ATA’s Guidelines Task Force that developed ATA’s official clinical guidelines (2006) for managing thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer. Dr. Mazzaferri was a Master of the American College of Physicians, an award given to approximately 300 people in the US. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and served as Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board in Endocrinology. Dr. Mazzaferri had a long and distinguished career in thyroid cancer treatment and research at Ohio State University and in recent years at the University of Florida. He was a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine, chaired the National Cancer Center Network panel that issued guidelines for managing thyroid cancer, and was author and editor of over 200 peer-reviewed publications as well as textbooks on endocrinology and thyroid cancer. He was editor of Clinical Thyroidology and received many awards. He wrote the foreword for the patient reference book, Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Patients.