AACE/ ACE Endocrine Neck Ultrasound 2019: Hands-On Approach

Lab Practicum

Wednesday, April 24
1:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: JW Marriott Gold Salon 2

Learning Objectives:

Dev Abraham, MD, MRCP(UK), FACE, ECNU

Professor of Medicine (clinical), Adjunct Professor of Medicine. Asst Dean, Faculty Affairs, School of Medicine,
University of Utah.

Dr. Dev Abraham attended medical school in India and graduated from the University of Madras. He underwent post graduate training and was awarded MRCP (UK) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, London, England. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Utah and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN respectively. He holds the ranks of Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the University of Utah. He also serves as Asst Dean for Faculty Affairs, School of Medicine, Univeristy of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. His clinical role invoves seeing patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders and serves as the Medical Director for the Thyroid and Parathyroid Tumor Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT.


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Debbie Margulies, MD, FACE, ECNU

Clinical Endocrinologist
Summit Medical Group

Debra Margulies, MD, FACE, ECNU practices Endocrinology at Summit Medical Group in Morristown, New Jersey and has a clinical focus in thyroid disease.

In addition to her clinical work Dr Margulies is the current Secretary/Treasurer for the New Jersey chapter of AACE. She also teaches neck ultrasound in the evaluation of thyroid nodules, parathyroid disease, and cancers as part of the clinical symposia offered by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE). Dr. Margulies is a member of the American Thyroid Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists , Endocrine Society, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Prior to her current position Dr Margulies practiced as part of the Faculty Group at New York University.


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R. Mack Harrell, MD

Co-Director of the Memorial Center for Integrative Endocrine Surgery
Memorial Health System

Dr. R. Mack Harrell has built the last 27 years of his life around sound. In 1992, he became the first endocrinologist in the Cleveland Clinic system to bring neck ultrasound technology into the endocrine office setting. In 2011, he and his surgical partner, Dr. David Bimston established the first hospital-based integrative endocrine surgery office in the United States- bringing imaging endocrinologists and endocrine surgeons together with high resolution realtime ultrasound equipment and on site cytology capability to create a full service thyroidology, parathyroidolgy and adrenal practice serving Florida and the Caribbean. SInce 2005, Drs. Harrell and Bimston have published multiple peer-reviewed papers together regarding the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid nodular disease and hyperparathyroidism. Dr. Harrell has served as the president of AACE in 2014-2015 and the president of the American College of Endocrinology from 2017-2018. When not practicing thyroidology, Dr. Harrell enjoys working with sound in the range of human hearing and is an award winning member of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International (NSAI) in search of his first Country radio hit. Over the years he has been blessed to perform at AACE events with his bandmates Dr. Tim Bailey and Dr. Kathleen Figaro in the band "Sugar."


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Alex Tessnow, MD

Associate Professor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Alex Tessnow, MD, MBA, ECNU is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He clinical efforts focus on the management of thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Dr. Tessnow has served on faculty at UTSW since 2011 and plays a principal role in the education of fellows in diagnostic neck ultrasound and image-guided fine needle aspiration.


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Emily Smith, BS RDMS RVT

Clinical Marketing Specialist
CIVCO Medical Solutions

Emily Smith BS RDMS RVT
Sonographer and Educator for 25 years. I have been an AACE Ultrasound Lab Faculty for 15 yrs. I was a sonographer and resident educator at Mayo Clinic Rochester for 20 years. I am certified in multiple areas of ultrasound including Abdominal and Superficial parts, Vascular, OB/ Gyn and Pediatric ultrasound. I continue to do some work at Mayo but am now employeed full time as a Clinical Marketing Specialist for CIVCO Medical Solutions.


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Kevin T. Rooker, RDMS, RVT

Clinical Marketing Specialist
CIVCO Medical Solutions

Mr. Rooker has been a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer for over 35 years and has a vast amount of clinical experience in a varietyof clinical settings. His passion is sonography education for point of care physicians, nurses and sonographers, and has been a part of the AACE faculty for neck sonography and UGFNA for over 8 years.


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Mark A. Lupo, MD, FACE, ECNU

Medical Director
Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida

Dr. Lupo is the founder and medical director of the Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida located in Sarasota. . His endocrine practice is limited to thyroidology with an emphasis on structural thyroid disease – nodules and cancer as well as autoimmune thyroid disease. He has published book chapters and several articles in the field of thyroidology. The Thyroid & Endocrine Center has been involved in several clinical trials on thyroid nodule evaluation and lab testing. He is on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Medicine as Clinical Assistant Professor.


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Mira Milas, MD

Chief of Endocrine Surgery, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs Department of Surgery
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix, AZ

See Biosketch submitted with CV.
here is a personal statement as well.

With both endocrine surgery and surgical oncology backgrounds, my career has been focused on the field of endocrine tumors. This encompasses predominantly diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Guiding this surgical life for nearly 25 years has been devotion to key values: excellent and compassionate patient care, teaching, and innovative clinical investigation. Contributions to the field highlighted by my peers have included clinical advancements (novel thyroid cancer molecular markers, hereditary thyroid cancer syndromes/Cowden & PHTS, parathyroid disease phenotypes) and trailblazing to establish new clinical and educational programs. At Cleveland Clinic, I established the Thyroid Center and led translational clinical studies that developed TSHR mRNA, the 1st new molecularly-based blood test for thyroid cancer diagnosis. At OHSU, I developed the software ORION© for the 1st comprehensive endocrine data/tissue registry. At UACOM-Phoenix, it is true joy and the rare privilege to be part of the founding faculty, to help build the 1st academic surgery department and to evolve the 1st endocrine surgery academic program in this city. Surgeon-performed ultrasound has been a long-standing area of expertise and engagement with national and international educational outreach to students, residents, fellows, surgeons and endocrinologists. Multidisciplinary collaboration has been a fruitful way of life in all of these efforts and via numerous professional societies throughout the world. My passions are to keep advancing our understanding of thyroid and parathyroid disorders to make life better for patients, to inspire and create opportunities for students, residents and colleagues to have a similarly wonderful career, and to leave a meaningful legacy in endocrine surgery for UA-Phoenix.


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Robert A. Levine, MD, FACE, ECNU

St. Joseph Hospital Endocrinology

Robert A. Levine, MD, FACE, ECNU is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Endocrinology at Dartmouth Medical School. He is director of the Thyroid Center of New Hampshire and has been a regular member of the faculty of the Thyroid Ultrasound and Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy course sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Tufts University he worked for the U.S. Navy in submarine sonar design. He received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was a clinical fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Following Endocrinology training at Yale University he was on the faculty at Yale and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, before establishing his practice in New Hampshire. Dr. Levine was the 2013 recipient of the H. Jack Baskin, MD, Endocrine Teaching Award at the AACE 22nd Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to his publications on thyroid ultrasound and thyroid cancer, he is co-author and co-editor of the second and third and fourth editions of Thyroid Ultrasound and Ultrasound-Guided FNA.


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