Global Health Initiatives: Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery


Our thyroid specialists have actively participated in global surgical teaching for many years. Each year, members of the Division provide goiter surgery in Migori, Kenya, and other underserved regions, where they not only care for patients but also train local physicians. This team includes surgeons Dr. Gregory Randolph, Dr. Paul Konowitz, and Dr. David Lesnik, along with Harvard Otolaryngology fellow Dr. Dunia Abdul-Aziz and thyroid nurse specialist Nancy Kotzuba.

In 2014, Dr. Randolph, Dr. Konowitz, Dr. Dipti Kamani, and Dr. Abdul-Aziz teamed up with ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeons from across India at the Neeti Clinic in Chikhaldara, India. While there, they provided care to patients with goiter and thyroid disease, and showed their junior ENT surgeons thyroid surgical techniques, including neural monitoring, through hands on experience, interactive video surgical conferencing, and formal lectures.

Photos from past trips:

 Surgical camp group photo
Surgical camp group photo

                      Neural monitoring demonstration
                      Dr. Randolph demonstrating
                    neural monitoring in Russia
 Video conference instruction in India
Dr. Paul Konowitz instructing
via video conference in India
                   Dr. Dunia Abdul-Aziz presenting in India
                    Dr. Dunia Abdul-Aziz presenting
                  at a course in India
 
Kenya Thyroid mission group
Thyroid team in Migori, Kenya

                  Thyroid surgery in Kenya
                    Operating in a clinic
                  in Migori, Kenya
 
 Thyroid surgery in Russia
Performing thyroid surgery
in St. Petersburg, Russia
                 Nerve monitoring instruction in the Ukraine
                Teaching Ukrainian doctors nerve
                monitoring during thyroid surgery