AACE Medical Surgical Collaborative

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Convention Center Hall B


Gregory Randolph, MD FACS FACE

Claire and John Bertucci Chair in Thyroid Surgical Oncology Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Gregory W. Randolph serves as Director of the General Otolaryngology Division and founded and directs the Division of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. Dr. Randolph has a thyroid and parathyroid surgical practice seeing patients and operating at both Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and Mass General Hospital.
Dr. Randolph has focused the bulk of his research on recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy, preservation and monitoring during thyroid cancer surgery with focus on importance of laryngeal exam, recognition of lymph node metastasis and revision cancer surgery and has over 155 peer reviewed publications. He has lead thyroid surgical missions to thyroid surgical units in St. Petersburg, Russia, Guangzhou, China, Kenya, rural India and in the Chernobyl region of the Ukraine. He founded and directs the Harvard Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Course for surgeons and has directed international surgical courses in Italy, India, Germany, Switzerland and Russia. He has received board certification from the European Union’s Board of Surgery in Neck Endocrine Surgery. He has published an endocrine surgical text: “Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands” published by Elsevier Saunders now in its second edition as well as a text centered on surgery of the recurrent laryngeal nerve “The Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerves” published by Springer Publishers. He was director of International Affairs for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery served on their Board of Directors and currently is the Academy’s President. He has served as Treasurer and on the executive board of the American Thyroid Association. He currently serves as chair of the Endocrine Surgical Section of the American Head and Neck Society and is on the Board of Directors of the International Thyroid Oncology Group.


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Jeff Mechanick, MD

Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology, Medical Director, Kravis Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Health; Director Metabolic Support
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Jeffrey I. Mechanick, M.D.

• Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Cardiology and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
• Medical Director, Kravis Center for Clinical Cardiovascular Health at Mount Sinai Heart, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
• Director, Metabolic Support – Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
• Chair of the Board of Visitors for the College of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park
• Past President, American College of Endocrinology
• Past President, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
• Past President, American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists
• Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Presidents Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition – Elevate Health
• Past Member of the Science Board, President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
• Over 300 publications with 226 PubMed citations, over 60 chapters, and 9 books


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Mark Zafereo, MD

Associate Professor, Head & Neck Surgery
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Mark Zafereo, MD is an Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He is Section Chief of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and Associate Medical Director of the Endocrine Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Zafereo holds national committee appointments for the American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and he is a Past President of the Houston Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has published extensively on Thyroid and other Head & Neck cancers, speaking nationally and internationally. His clinical practice focuses on patients afflicted with thyroid cancer and parathyroid neoplasms.


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Allen S. Ho, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery; Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Allen Ho is Associate Professor of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He serves as Co-Director of the Thyroid Cancer Program. He completed his training at Stanford University and head and neck surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research interests lie in molecular assays and active surveillance for low-risk thyroid canceres.


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Peter A. Singer, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Southern California

Peter A. Singer, M.D., FACE is Professor and Chief, Clinical Endocrinology, and Director, the USC Thyroid Center, at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He is a greaduate of UCSF medical school, and completed a rotating internship at Los Angeles County General Hospital. After two years in military service he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology, at USC.

Dr Singer is Past-President of the American Thyroid Association, and a former Board Member of AACE. He is a reciipient of the 2004 AACE Oustanding Clinician Award, the 2013 American Thyroid Association Distinguished Service Award, and the 2017 AACE Excellence in Ethics and Humanities Award.


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Brendan C. Stack, Jr., MD, FACS, FACE

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Brendan C. Stack, Jr., M.D., FACS, FACE was trained in Surgery for two years and then Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for four years at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Stack completed a Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction accredited by the Joint Council for Approval of Advanced training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery in 1997 at the University of Washington, Seattle. While in Seattle, Dr. Stack also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and served as an Instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and on the medical staff of the Seattle VA Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Stack is Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. Dr. Stack has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and internet articles. Dr. Stack was co-editor of Medical and Surgical Treatment of Parathyroid Diseases - An evidence-based approach, Cham Switzerland: Springer International Publishing 2016. Dr. Stack was co-editor of Neck Dissection, Berlin, Germany: Thieme, 2018. He has presented at over 350 meetings regionally, nationally, and internationally. He collaborates on grants from the NIH, NSF and other public and private organizations. Dr. Stack has appeared on, or been cited by, local and national media numerous times. He has served on review panels for the National Institutes of Health and review agencies for the nations of Singapore, Italy, and England. Dr. Stack is listed in “Best Doctors” of America (since 2006), “Guide to America’s Top Surgeons” (since 2004), “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” (since 2009), Castle and Connolly Top Doctors and Cancer Specialists (since 2014), and “Top Thyroid Doctors” (since 2004).


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Ralph Tufano, MD MBA

Charles W. Cummings MD Endowed Professor and Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Tufano is the Charles W. Cummings MD Endowed Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Tufano serves as the department’s Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and the American Head and Neck Society accredited fellowship in Endocrine Surgery. He serves on the Board of the American Thyroid Association and the Endocrine Section of the American Head and Neck Society. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Surgical Affairs Committee for the ATA and served as its inaugural co-chair. He is also the recent past chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Endocrine Surgery Committee. He has authored over 175 peer-reviewed papers, and more than 30 textbook chapters related to thyroid and parathyroid diseases which have helped to define surgical management in this area. His research interests include novel directed therapies for the treatment of thyroid and parathyroid diseases, prognostic molecular markers for differentiated thyroid cancer, clinical outcomes research especially for transoral thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and determining the value propositions of thyroid and parathyroid surgical care episodes.


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Elizabeth G. Grubbs, MD

Associate Professor
MD Anderson Cancer Center


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Electron Kebebew, MD

Professor and Chief, Division of General Surgery Program Leader, Endocrine Oncology Program Harry A. Oberhelman, Jr. and Mark L. Welton Professor
Stanford School of Medicine

Dr. Kebebew is an internationally recognized expert in Endocrine Oncology and Surgery. He has performed more than three thousand operations on the adrenal, parathyroid and thyroid glands, and for neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas. Dr. Kebebew has published over 400 articles, chapters and textbooks, and serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for 54 biomedical journals. He has received awards from the American Cancer Society, American Association for Cancer Research, American Thyroid Association, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and International Association of Endocrine Surgeons.


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Peter M. Sadow, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Pathology, Harvard Medical School Director, Head & Neck Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital Associate Pathologist, Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Peter Sadow is Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Head & Neck Pathology Service and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Peter attending medical school and graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he completed his PhD work in thyroid hormone receptor signalling in the laboratory of Roy Weiss and Samuel Refetoff in Endocrinology. He subsequently did his pathology residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston before joining the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear in 2008. His research interests focus on molecular mechanisms of thyroid neoplasia and associated prognositician for clinical management. Dr. Sadow is the residency training director for anatomic pathology at MGH as well as the director of the head & neck pathology fellowship program. The majority of his work is interdisciplinary, and he takes great pride in collaborating across subspecialities in the management of endocrine disease.


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Jeffrey Krane, MD, PhD

Chief, Head and Neck Pathology Service
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jeffrey Krane is a staff cytopathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, most recently serving as Associate Director of Cytology and the Chief of Head and Neck Pathology as well as Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. After 26 years at BWH, Dr. Krane will be joining the UCLA Department of Pathology in June 2019. He has served on the Executive Board of the American Society of Cytopathology and is currently an Associate Editor of the journal Cancer Cytopathology. Dr. Krane has broad research interests in head and neck neoplasia with a particular focus in thyroid and salivary gland cytopathology. He has co-authored/contributed to several books including The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology and The Milan System for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytopathology.


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Dinesh K. Chhetri, MD

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA


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