Ridgway Trainee Conference

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is excited to announce the agenda and faculty for the 2024 E. Chester Ridgway Trainee Conference! This full-day event, featuring lectures on thyroid disease and cancer, takes place on October 30th in Chicago as part of the Annual Meeting. ATA Trainee and Early Career members can attend for free (application required). Nonmembers can attend at a fee.

Designed specifically for trainees and early career professionals in the thyroid field, the Ridgway Conference provides a comprehensive foundation in thyroid research and practice. Through enriching lectures from leading experts, you’ll gain invaluable insights into a range of topics. This pre-meeting program serves as a perfect springboard for the ATA Annual Meeting, which delves deeper into the latest advancements in thyroid disease and cancer.

ATA Members:

Are you a current ATA Associate or Early Career member? As a member benefit, you can include this pre-meeting program in your registration for the Annual Meeting at no additional cost.


Non-members are invited to join the ATA to participate in the Ridgway Conference for free and enjoy other  member benefits. Please note that ATA membership application processing and review takes 2-3 weeks. Alternatively, you can pay a small registration fee.

We look forward to seeing you at the Ridgway Trainee Conference!

E. Chester Ridgway Trainee Day
Main Symposium
8:00AM – 5:00PM

All Trainees
October 30

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM


  • F. Thurston Drake, MD, MPH
  • Iñigo Landa, PhD

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

How Do Thyroid Hormones Work?

  • Bryan Haugen, MD

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Thyroid Cancer: Historical Perspective

Peter Kopp, MD

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Hormones and Deiodinases

  • Antonio Bianco, MD, PhD

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Elevator Pitch Workshop: Presenting Your Science to a General Audience

  • Meredith Hartley, PhD
    (interactive workshop)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

How to Survive (or Even Thrive) Peer Review


  • Sheue-yann Cheng, PhD
  • Mark Zafereo, MD
  • Carmelo Nucera, MD, PhD

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lewis E. Braverman Round-table Luncheon

Basic Science and Clinical Tracks Break-Out Groups:

Medical & Surgical Thyroidology Clinical Symposium:

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Clinical Evaluation of Thyroid Nodules

  • Jennifer Sipos, MD

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

ATA Risk Stratification, RAI Treatment and Response to Therapy

  • Michael Tuttle, MD

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Long Term Follow Up of Thyroid Cancer

  • Megan Haymart, MD

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Surgical Lecture: Special Considerations in surgical treatment of Graves’ Disease

  • Elizabeth Cottrill, MD

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Keynote – A “Hot Topic” in Thyroidology

  • Angela Leung, MD

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Medullary Thyroid Cancer Case Panel

  • Moderator – Danica Vodopivec, MD
  • Adult Endocrinology – Ruchi Gaba, MD
  • Pediatric Endocrinology – Steven Waguespack, MD
  • Surgeon – Sean Wrenn, MD

4:45PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Evaluations

Thyroid Research and Basic Science Symposium:

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Hot Topics #1: Metabolic Preferences of Thyroid Cancers

Antonio Di Cristofano, PhD

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Hot Topics #2: Single-Cell Omics to Decipher Thyroid Hormone Action in Brain Development

Robert Opitz, PhD

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM


2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

NIH Grant Writing Workshop

  • Aime Franco, PhD
  • Rebecca Schweppe, PhD

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Research Presentations

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Evaluations

5:00PM – 6:00 PM

Happy Hour + Networking

E. Chester Ridgway Trainee Day
Medical & Surgical Thyroidology Clinical Symposium

All Trainees
October 31

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Fundamentals of Thyroid Ultrasound

  • Susan J. Mandel, MD