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Nikki's Story


Professional singer Nikki Jean saw doctors around the country when she was diagnosed with a lesion in her thyroid. It wasn’t until she met Dr. Ralph Tufano at Johns Hopkins that she felt confident to have the surgery.

Using information from his own cutting-edge research, Dr. Tufano successfully performed a full thyroidectomy while preserving all of Nikki's nerves critical for singing. Now, Nikki Jean is back in Los Angeles with a successful singing career.

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Dr. Ralph Tufano

Treatment Team

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Our team of thyroid experts diagnoses and treats patients with a variety of thyroid and parathyroid conditions including tumors, nodules and hyperparythroidism.

Learn more about how our team treats patients with thyroid disorders.


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Condition Information

The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck at the base of the throat. Thyroid tumors are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) growths. Examples of benign tumors are adenomas, which may secrete thyroid hormone.

Learn more about thyroid tumors in the Johns Hopkins Health Library.