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Ralph Tufano, MD

Ralph P Tufano, MD
Charles W. Cummings M.D. Professor
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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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
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Centers & Institutes

  • Head and Neck Cancer Center
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Thyroid Cancer Center


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

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

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  • Education +


    • SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine (Buffalo NY ) (1995)


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


    • Otolaryngology, American Board of 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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    Meet our Experts - Dr. Ralph Tufano

    Dr. Ralph Tufano, is director of the Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery treating thyroid and parathyroid diseases.

    Thyroidectomy - 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, hopeful he could preserve her vocal cords. 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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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-3628
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
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    Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
    10751 Falls Road
    Falls Concourse
    Lutherville, MD 21093
    Phone: 410-616-7300
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-3628
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
    Fax: 410-955-0035
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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    4940 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
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    • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Division of Thyroid and Parathyroid

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