2018 Distinguished Service Award to Be Given to David H. Sarne, MD, at American Thyroid Association’s Annual Meeting

October 1, 2018—The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient will be Dr. David H. Sarne, currently Clinical Associate in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ATA member who has made important and continuing contributions to the Association. The award will be conferred during the Presentation of Awards, beginning at 4:00 pm on October 4 during the ATA Annual Meeting, held this year from October 3 to 7 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Sarne received his MD with honors from the University of Michigan Medical School, after receiving his BS with highest distinction in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Michigan. He spent his internship and residency with the University of California Hospitals and Clinics in San Francisco and then became a Fellow in the Section of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Chicago. After three years as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, he moved to the University of Illinois Medical Center, where he rose to Professor. In 2012 he returned to the University of Chicago in his current position.

He has specialized in thyroid disorders, including hyperthyroidism, nodules, and thyroid cancer. As such, he has received regular funding for research efforts and has been an invited speaker at universities, association meetings, and conferences. Dr. Sarne has been the primary or a significant contributor to over 50 articles, book chapters, and other publications and has served as a manuscript reviewer for numerous medical journals, including JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, Thyroid, and Endocrinology, among others. He has repeatedly been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” and received scholarships, prizes, and awards throughout his academic and practice years.

Most important for the Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Sarne served on a variety of committees for the ATA between 1987 and 2017, including the Education Committee, the Distinguished Service Committee, the Awards Committee, the Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, and the Finance and Audit Committee—for the last of which he was Chair for 13 years. And he has twice served on the ATA’s Board of Directors as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee, first for a period of 7 years and most recently for 2 more years.

Dr. Sarne’s tremendous commitment of time and energy to the Association over the past 30 years has helped to maintain our successful operation, particularly our financial health and stability. That commitment, combined with his dedication to his patients and students, makes him a very worthy recipient for the highly sought after and prestigious Distinguished Service Award.


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 70 countries around the world. Celebrating its 95th 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. 

These efforts are carried out via several key endeavors:

  • The publication of the 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
  • Development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer

 Further information about the ATA® annual meeting can be found https://www.thyroid.org/88th-annual-meeting-ata/ and research grants program https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/ and patient information https://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-information/.  The ATA promotes thyroid awareness and information online through Clinical Thyroidology® for the Public 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. Every fifth year, the American Thyroid Association joins with the Latin American Thyroid Society, the European Thyroid Association, and the Asia and Oceania Thyroid Association to cosponsor the International Thyroid Congress (ITC).