Gregory Randolph, M.D., FACS, FACE

Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

Claire and John Bertucci Endowed Chair in Thyroid Surgical Oncology

Director, General and Thyroid/Parathyroid Endocrine Surgical Divisions, Mass. Eye and Ear


Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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With more than 25 years of experience in otolaryngology, Dr. Gregory Randolph specializes in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He is a Full Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, the Claire and John Bertucci Endowed Chair in Thyroid Surgical Oncology, and a surgeon at Mass. Eye and Ear, where he also serves as the Division Chief of both the General Otolaryngology and Thyroid and Parathyroid Endocrine Surgery Divisions and as a member of the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery. Dr. Randolph has a thyroid and parathyroid surgical practice, seeing patients and operating at both Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass General.

Currently serving as the President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and its Foundation, Dr. Randolph trained at Cornell and Harvard Medical Schools. He was the first otolaryngologist member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES), the first otolaryngologist member and council member of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES), and the first otolaryngologist and United States surgeon to be board-certified in endocrine surgery in the European Union. He currently serves as Chair of the Endocrine Surgery Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, is Chair-Elect 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. Alongside Dr. Henning Dralle of Germany, he founded the Global International Neural Monitoring Study Group, which has generated multiple publications and standards guidelines for neural monitoring at thyroid surgery.

With more than 155 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Randolph has focused the bulk of his research on recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy, preservation, and monitoring during thyroid cancer surgery, with a concentration on the importance of laryngeal exams, the recognition of lymph node metastasis, and revision cancer surgery. He has led thyroid surgical missions to St. Petersburg, Russia; Guangzhou, China; Kenya; rural India; and 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, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia.

New Publications

Dr. Randolph's publication, Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, 2nd Edition, is a comprehensive surgical textbook focused on malignant and benign disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. The text emphasizes the anatomy, surgical procedures, and workup needed for these conditions, as well as how to effectively manage the difficult cases encountered by experienced surgeons. It focuses on neural monitoring pioneered by Dr. Randolph to preserve voice during thyroid cancer surgery. The publication's 200 plus illustrations provide further guidance and insight. Learn more »

Select Publications

2015 American Thyroid Association management guidelines for adult patients with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer: The American Thyroid Association Guidelines Task Force on Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Haugen BR, Alexander EK, Bible KC, Doherty GM, Mandel SJ, Nikiforov YE, Pacini F, Randolph GW, Sawka AM, Schlumberger M, Schuff KG, Sherman SI, Sosa JA, Steward DL, Tuttle RM, Wartofsky L. Thyroid. 2016 Jan;26(1):1–133.

Electrophysiologic recurrent laryngeal and nerve monitoring during thyroid and parathyroid surgery: International standards guidelines statement. Randolph GW, Dralle H, the International Neural Monitoring Study Group. Laryngoscope. 2011;121:S1–S16.

External branch of the superior laryngeal nerve monitoring during thyroid and parathyroid surgery: International Neural Monitoring Study Group standards guideline statement. Barczynski M, Randolph GW, Cernea C, et al. Laryngoscope. 2013 Sep;123 Suppl 4:S1–14

Clinical practice guideline: Improving voice outcomes after thyroid surgery. Chandrasekhar SS, Randolph GW, Seidman MD, et al. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jun;148(6 Suppl):S1–37.

The prognostic significance of nodal metastases from papillary thyroid carcinoma can be stratified based on the size and number of metastatic lymph nodes, as well as the presence of extranodal extension. Randolph GW, Duh QY, Heller KS, et al. Thyroid. 2012 Nov;22(11):1144–52. American Thyroid Association Surgical Affairs Committee's Taskforce on Thyroid Cancer Nodal Surgery.

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  • Cornell Medical College, M.D.


  • Cornell Medical College (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)