Thyroid anatomy

Research and Publications

Our physicians conduct leading-edge research primarily focused on investigations to improve intraoperative nerve monitoring, preservation of voice, and algorithm generation 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.
  • Patients who are voice professional artists undergoing thyroid surgery.
  • 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/Harvard Medical School. For more information, please contact Dipti Kamani.


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Advanced Publications


Thyroid Book coverComing Spring of 2020! Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands: Third Edition” by Gregory W. Randolph, MD, FACS, provides expert guidance on preoperative evaluation, illustrated surgical anatomy, intraoperative techniques, and postoperative management for the full range of malignant and benign disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. New for this edition is access to more video content including procedural online videos covering all forms of minimally invasive and alternate access thyroid and parathyroid surgery, surgical anatomy and monitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, surgery for locally advanced thyroid cancer and nodal disease, and interviews from international leaders in this field.


Thyroid textbook coverThe Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerves” by Gregory W. Randolph, MD, FACS, is a comprehensive up-to-date review of all aspects of recurrent laryngeal nerve and superior laryngeal nerve anatomy, written by world-class US and international experts in anatomy, surgery, and nerve monitoring.





Thyroid textbook cover"Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands: Second Edition" by Gregory W. Randolph, MD, FACS, is a comprehensive text encompassing the most up-to-date, state-of- the-art knowledge presented by world-renowned authorities in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, providing the detailed guidance needed to produce the best results.