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Global Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgical Missions

Each year, members of the Division provide goiter surgery in underserved regions, where they not only care for patients but also train local physicians to work toward sustainable health care for patients suffering from goiter and other conditions. Click here to learn more about the global thyroid missions.

Publications and Resources

The Division of Thyroid surgery has provided various books, paper, and other resources. See thyroid publications here.

Research in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Research in the Division of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery at Mass. Eye and Ear primarily focuses on investigations to improve intraoperative nerve monitoring, preservation of voice and to generate algorithms for thyroid cancer management.

Ongoing research investigations include:

  • The application of spectrally encoded laser confocal microscopy to provide intraoperative histologic information without tissue resection. A paper has been published on this subject and additional studies are underway, including the development of a confocal tissue atlas.
  • Vagal electrode intraoperative real time monitoring.
  • Study of patients who are voice professional artists undergoing thyroid surgery.
  • Study of recurrent laryngeal nerve malignant invasion.

Research Fellowship in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

The Division offers a one-year proctored research fellowship through the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear and the Department of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School. For more information, please contact

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