American Thyroid Association’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award to Be Presented to Bryan R. Haugen, MD

ATA selects DSA

Bryan R. Haugen, MDOctober 16, 2017—The American Thyroid Association (ATA) announces with pleasure that the 2017 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) will be presented to Bryan R. Haugen, MD. Dr. Haugen is Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Colorado,  is Head of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and holds the Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome H. Kern Chair in Endocrine Neoplasms Research. He is also a staff physician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and at the VA Medical Center in Denver.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ATA member who has made important and continuing contributions to the American Thyroid Association. Dr. Haugen’s award will be given at the ATA annual meeting, October 18 to 22, in Victoria, British Columbia, just prior to the Sawin Historical Vignette on Friday, October 20 at 4:00 pm.

Dr. Haugen received his MD from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. He then served his internship, residency in internal medicine, and both clinical and research fellowships in endocrinology, all at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

He is considered an eloquent leader and researcher in the field of thyroid cancer molecular mechanisms. Dr. Haugen’s research commitment is demonstrated by the substantial NIH independent funding he continues to receive. His publications describing detailed research and experimentation number in the hundreds, and he is welcomed as a speaker on his specialties at conferences, symposia, and universities around the world.  In clinical practice, Dr. Haugen has had a great interest in caring for patients with thyroid cancer and helping to find better treatments and management strategies for more than 20 years.

Dr. Haugen has served in leadership positions in the ATA over many years, as co-chair of the Annual Meeting Program committee, as a fundraiser for the E. Chester Ridgway Legacy Fund in support of the Ridgway Trainee Conference.  He has trained numerous postdoctoral candidates from around the country and the world, thereby extending his impact on the future of thyroid research and clinical practice.  Since joining the ATA in 1994, his commitment has set a high bar. He served as ATA president in 2012-2013, and received its Paul Starr award in 2012.

His model of service extends to many other professional organizations, contributed significantly to committees at the university, state, national, and international levels, and served on the editorial boards, or as an editor or reviewer, for a dozen journals. Other honors include recognition as one of the Best Doctors in America from 2006 through 2014, the Farahe Maloof Lectureship at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012, and the Clinical Innovation Award from the University of Colorado Hospital in 2015.

A notable contribution to the ATA was his chairmanship of the 2015 Thyroid Nodule and Thyroid Cancer ATA Guidelines. Dr. Haugen “orchestrated the panel members through a massive undertaking, always with the highest quality in mind and with a collaborative spirit,” according to Dr. Gregory Randolph of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in his recommendation letter for this award.

Dr. Haugen has contributed his time, talents, energy, perspective, and leadership to the Association throughout his career, thereby meriting this year’s ATA 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 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 94th anniversary, the ATA continues to deliver 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

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).