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HOPKINS ENDOCRINOLOGIST ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION

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Dec. 2, 2004

HOPKINS ENDOCRINOLOGIST ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION

Paul Ladenson, M.D., professor and director of the division of endocrinology and metabolism at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) at its recent annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  Ladenson will serve a one-year term as head of the association, the North American professional society for physicians and researchers specializing in diseases of the thyroid gland. 

“It is an honor and privilege to lead the preeminent professional organization dedicated to the better understanding and treating of thyroid diseases,” said Ladenson, who is also the John Eager Howard Professor of Endocrinology, and professor of medicine, oncology, radiology and international health at Hopkins. “During the coming year, we intend to raise awareness of thyroid cancer as the malignancy with the fastest rising incidence in American women.  We also plan to revise thyroid cancer care guidelines and define a roadmap for thyroid cancer in the decade ahead.”

Ladenson has been an active member of the ATA for more than a decade, serving on numerous committees and most recently completing a five-year term as the organization’s secretary. 

An award-winning expert and researcher in diseases of the thyroid gland, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid cancer and the effects of thyroid hormone on the heart.  Ladenson has published more than 150 articles and book chapters in the field, and he currently serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 

Educated at Dartmouth, Oxford and Harvard universities, Ladenson completed his training in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston before joining Hopkins in 1983.

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