American Thyroid Association’s 2017 Paul Starr Award Lecture to Be Delivered by Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS

The ATA announced the Paul Starr Award recipient

 October 16, 2017—The American Thyroid Association (ATA) announces with pleasure that the 2017 Paul Starr Award recipient is Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Endocrine Surgery at the University of San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Duh is also Attending Surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco.

The Paul Starr Award is presented to an outstanding contributor to clinical thyroidology. At the ATA annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, Dr. Duh will deliver the Starr Lecture at 1:00 pm on October 20, 2017. His lecture is titled “Technical and Technological Advances that Changed Thyroid Surgery.”

Dr. Duh joined the ATA in 1990 and has served on the editorial boards of Thyroid and VideoEndocrinology; as well as several committees, ATA Research, Surgical Affairs and Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Dr. Duh is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in endocrine surgery. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Yale University, then attended UCSF Medical School, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha (Honor Medical Society). He then did a surgical residency and a fellowship in endocrine surgery at UCSF and subsequently joined their surgical faculty.

As a teacher, a researcher, and a surgeon, Dr. Duh has served as a mentor to more than 100 surgery and research fellows, has assured the future of endocrinology and endocrine surgery.  In addition, Dr. Duh has written more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and has been a committee member for many practice guidelines involving thyroid cancer, parathyroid surgery, pheochromocytoma, and adrenal surgery.

As stated in his letters of nomination for the Paul Starr Award, Dr. Duh’s superb skills and expertise, his wealth of knowledge, and his approachable manner and kindness lead all who work with him and learn from him—including his patients—to trust and admire him. He is indeed an outstanding contributor to clinical thyroidology.


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).