2014 Distinguished Lectureship Award Winners to Give Presentations at American Thyroid Association 84th Annual Meeting

October 28, 2014 — The recipients of Distinguished Lectureship Awards announced by the American Thyroid Association will each deliver an award lecture at the ATA’s upcoming 84th Annual Meeting, October 29th – November 2nd, in Coronado, California.

Graham Williams, MB BS, Ph.D., winner of the Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Lectureship Award, is a physician-scientist and Professor of Endocrinology and Director of Research in the Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK. Dr. Williams has contributed groundbreaking discoveries demonstrating the fundamental importance of thyroid hormones in the skeleton and their effects on bone and cartilage. These have translated in numerous ways to a better understanding of bone biology, thyroid pathophysiology, and how thyroid hormones can affect skeletal growth and development, bone mineralization, fracture risk, and diseases such as osteoporosis. On Thursday, October 30th, Dr. Williams will deliver the Sidney H. Ingbar Award Lecture, entitled “Role of Thyroid Hormones in Skeletal Development and Bone Maintenance.”

The Paul Starr Lectureship Award recipient is Gilbert Daniels, M.D., the James Howard Means Endowed Chair in Thyroid Disease, Co-Director of Thyroid Associates, Medical Director of the Endocrine Tumor Center, and Co-Director of the Endocrine Tumor Genetics Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA). Dr. Daniels has contributed important research and perspectives on multiple aspects of thyroid cancer treatment, including lobar ablation, calcitonin screening, and management of follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service, helping to author practice guidelines and using his unique strengths in mentorship to educate and prepare medical residents and fellows. Dr. Daniels will present the Paul Starr Lecture entitled “What Can a Clinician Contribute?” on Saturday, November 1st.

Leonard Wartofsky, M.D., M.P.H., is the winner of the Lewis E. Braverman Distinguished Lectureship Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence and passion for mentoring fellows, students, and junior faculty and has a long history of productive thyroid research. Dr. Wartofsky is Chairman Emeritus, Department of Medicine at Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC), Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and at Georgetown University, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Howard University, and George Washington University Schools of Medicine. He has mentored numerous fellows, and many have gone on to have their own distinguished careers in academic thyroidology. His endocrinology and research accomplishments include using the double isotope technique to demonstrate that unlabeled iodine directly inhibits thyroid hormone action. On Friday, October 31st, Dr. Wartofsky will deliver the Lewis E. Braverman Lecture entitled “A Tale of Two Iodines — And the Braverman/Wartofsky Intersection.”

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The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the leading worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. ATA is an international membership medical society with over 1,700 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 91st anniversary, the ATA delivers its mission — of being devoted to thyroid biology and to the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease through excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health — through several key endeavors: the publication of highly regarded professional journals, Thyroid, Clinical Thyroidology, and VideoEndocrinology; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs; and the development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. The ATA promotes thyroid awareness and information through its online Clinical Thyroidology for the Public (distributed free of charge to over 11,000 patients and public subscribers) and extensive, authoritative explanations of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer in both English and Spanish. The ATA website serves as the clinical resource for patients and the public who look for reliable information on the Internet.