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Ralph Tufano, M.B.A., M.D.

Ralph P Tufano, M.B.A., M.D.

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4.9 out of 5
100 Ratings
  • Charles W. Cummings M.D. Professor
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Benign Thyroid Disorders, Goiter, Graves' Disease, Head and Neck Cancers, Head and Neck Surgery, Hyperparathyroidism, Nodal Metastsis, Otolaryngology, Parathyroid Diseases, Parathyroid Surgery, Thyroglossal Cysts, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Surgery, Thyroid Tumors more

Research Interests

Optimizing outcomes in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, Assessing clinical utility of novel DNA mutations in thyroid cancer; Novel treatments for thyroid and parathyroid disease more

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Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-3628

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

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1800 Orleans St.
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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


Dr. Ralph P. Tufano is the Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and conducts thyroid and parathyroid surgery with a focus on optimizing outcomes.  He is a recognized world authority on the management of thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, benign thyroid diseases and parathyroid disease. He has expertise in the management of thyroid cancer nodal metastases, advanced and invasive thyroid cancers as well as recurrent thyroid cancers. His work in molecular markers, improving surgical outcomes, nerve monitoring and exploring novel treatment techniques for thyroid and parathyroid diseases has helped the medical field tailor and personalize treatment for patients with these conditions.

Dr. Tufano has performed every type of minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic thyroid and parathyroid surgery over the years and was director of the initial team that developed the now internationally accepted approach for the scarless transoral thyroidectomy and parathyroid surgery. more


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


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery / Otolaryngology (2001)

Additional Training

  • FACS, American College of Surgeons

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

Ralph P. Tufano and Phillip K. Pellitteri, Reoperative Parathyroid Surgery: Techniques and Tips for Success (2017)

Activities & Honors


  • 100 Best Healthcare Providers in the State of Maryland, The American Health Council "Best in Healthcare" award
  • Baltimore Top Docs - Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Malignancies, Baltimore Magazine
  • Physician of the Year, Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams


  • American Thyroid Association, 2016
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    • elected to the board of directors
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    • First otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon to hold this position
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Videos & Media

Thyroidectomy - Nikki's Story

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Second Opinion Thwarts Spreading Thyroid Tumor - Roberta's Story: Thyroid Cancer, Johns Hopkins Medicine, March 9, 2016

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