New President of the American Thyroid Association Takes Office

October 18, 2013 — Hossein Gharib, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, accepted the role of President of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) at the organization’s 83rd Annual Meeting, being held October 16-20, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Gharib, who served as President-Elect of the ATA in 2012-2013, will lead the Board of Directors as it fulfills the strategic plans set in place in 2013, including a new publication, VideoEndocrinology.

Among Dr. Gharib’s stated goals for the ATA going forward are “to enhance our corporate connections and support; collaborate with our sister endocrine societies; expand our educational programs; expand public awareness campaigns; and increase our membership.” He also proposes the development of educational programs for colleagues in primary care. Additionally, “We must continue to recruit and retain young members, those who are in training or have just finished, and involve them in our communities and programs,” says Dr. Gharib.

A member of the ATA since 1972, Dr. Gharib has served on the Patient Education and Advocacy, Membership, Education, and Development Committees. He is currently an Editorial Board member of Thyroid, the official journal of the ATA.

Dr. Gharib is a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition & Metabolism at the Mayo Clinic. He completed his undergraduate education at The Ohio State University, received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, and completed his internal medicine residency and endocrine training at the Mayo Clinic.

About the ATA

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 individual membership organization with over 1,700 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of highly regarded monthly journals, THYROID, Clinical Thyroidology (CT), VideoEndocrinology and CT for Patients; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs through www.thyroid.org; and the development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease. Visit www.thyroid.org for more information.

Media Contact
Bobbi Smith
Executive Director of the American Thyroid Association
Email: thyroidexec@thyroid.org

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