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Ralph Tufano, M.D.

Ralph P Tufano, M.D.
Charles W. Cummings M.D. Professor
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Appointment Phone


Main Location

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Out-of-State & International Patients +
Out of State Patients

Call 410-464-6641 (8a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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Call +1-410-502-7683 (7a.m. to 6p.m., EST, Mon-Fri)

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  • Charles W. Cummings M.D. Professor
  • Director, Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Director, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Multidisciplinary Thyroid Tumor Center
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Centers & Institutes



Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-3628

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

Green Spring Station
10751 Falls Road
Falls Concourse Suite 408
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-616-7300

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-3628
Fax: 410-955-0035

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map


Benign Thyroid Disorders, Goiter, Graves' Disease, Head and Neck Cancers, Head and Neck Surgery, Nodal Metastsis, Otolaryngology, Parathyroid Disorders, Parathyroid Surgery, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Surgery

Research Interests

Assessing clinical utility of novel DNA mutations in thyroid cancer; Functional outcomes in patients undergoing supracricoid laryngectomy; Treatments for thyroid and parathyroid disease; Surgical treatments for thyroid cancer


Dr. Ralph Tufano is the Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and conducts thyroid surgery with a focus on minimally invasive video assisted thyroid surgery and recurrent thyroid cancer. He helps patients with parathyroid disease, head and neck cancer, benign thyroid disorders, management of nodal metastais, recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring molecular markers for disagnosis and prognosis of thyroid cancer and specializes in novel treatment techniques for thyroid and parathyroid deseases. more

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine / MD (1995)


    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania / Otolaryngology (2000)


    • American Board of Otolaryngology / Otolaryngology (2001)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications

    Farrag TY, Agrawal N, Sheth S, Bettegowda C, Ewertz M, Kim M, Tufano RP>Algorithm for safe and effective reoperative thyroid bed surgery for recurrent/persistent papillary thyroid cancer. Head Neck. 2007 Dec;29(12):1069-1074

    Farrag TY, Koch WM, Cumming CW, Goldenberg D, Abou-Jaoude PM, Califano JA, Flint PW, Webster K, Tufano RP> Supracricoid Laryngectomy Outcomes-The Johns Hopkins Experience. Laryngoscope. 2007 Jan;117(1):129-132

    Nahas ZS, Farrag TY, Lin FR, Belin RM, Tufano RP> A safe and cost effective short hospital stay protocol to identify patients at low risk for the development of significant hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy. laryngoscope. 2006 jun;116(6):906-910

    Nayhas, Z., Cohade, C., Fakhry, C., ladenson, P., Zeiger, M., Wahl, R., Tufano, R.P. The Role of PET-CT in management of ZRecurrent Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Laryngoscope. 2005 Vol. 115(2); 51(1);35

    Ha, P., Hdeib, A., Patel, P., Koch, W.M., Califano, J., Cummings, C.W.C., Flint, P., Wahl, R., Tufano, R.P.: The Role of Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Fusion in the Management of Early and Advanced Stage Primary Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Jan;132(1):12-16

    Farrag, T., Samlan, R.A., Lin, F.R., Tufano, R.P.: The Utility of Evaluating True Vocal fold motion Before thyroid Surgery. Laryngoscope 2006 Feb; 116(2):235-8
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