The 2012 conference has been set for October 26th-28th at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego!
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Terry J. Smith, M.D., University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Dr. Smith's clinical interests include Graves' disease, thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy, and metabolic diseases. The laboratory group at Kellogg Eye Center is interested in understanding and developing new treatments for Graves' Disease (GD) or thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO). Their work is focused on defining the molecular targets that will lead to effective and specific therapy design. Dr. Smith also serves as the Chief Medical & Scientific Officer for the Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation.
Raymond S. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center
Dr. Douglas specializes in Eye Plastic, Orbital and Facial Cosmetic Surgery. His clinical interests include orbital surgery, especially minimally invasive surgery, and decompressions for thyroid-associated eye disease; Cosmetic facial surgery including blepharoplasty. Dr. Douglas and his colleagues have identified immune cells (T cells, B cells and fibrocytes) that are unique to Graves' disease and are targets for treatment. The team is committed to bringing these novel treatments into the clinic and are conducting several clinical trials. Dr. Douglas has been a key player in the development of the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society to formulate international clinical trials.
Ira Lesser, M.D., Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Lesser is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Prior to becoming Chair at Harbor-UCLA, he was the Director of Residency Training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for 18 years. Dr. Lesser has published over 120 peer-review articles and chapters in books, mostly in the fields of mood and anxiety disorders, depression in the geriatric age population, and the interface of depression and race/ethnicity. Dr. Lesser will be addressing the mental and emotional impact of Graves' disease on patients and family members.
Dr. Noel Rose, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research
Dr. Rose is considered a pioneer in the field of autoimmune disease research. In 1985, Dr. Rose co-authored “The Autoimmune Disease.” Now in its fourth edition, this was the first textbook to focus on the underlying connections between seemingly disparate autoimmune conditions. Through his work at the Johns Hopkins Center for Autoimmune Disease Research, Dr. Rose helps to promote collaboration on autoimmune research among scientists in different departments at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Dr. Lawrence C. Wood (ret.)
Dr. Wood is the Founder of the Thyroid Foundation of America and has served as a past president of the Thyroid Foundation International. Dr. Wood co-authored “Your Thyroid: A Home Reference” with Dr. David Cooper and Dr. E. Chester Ridgway. Retired from private practice in 2006, Dr. Wood remains actively involved in patient education efforts and research into autoimmune thyroid disease and serves on the Board of Directors for the GDATF.
Dr. Kimberly Cockerham
Dr. Cockerham is the Bay Area and Central Valley expert for patients with eyelid and facial concerns. She provides the latest medical therapies, lasers and advanced surgical techniques for cancer, inflammation, aging changes and other conditions of the eyelids, eye muscles, area behind the eye (orbit) and face. Dr. Cockerham has a particular clinical and research interest in thyroid eye disease. Dr. Cockerham founded the "Let's Face It Together Foundation", which provides grants to uninsured patients so they can receive the medical and surgical care they need.
Dr. Kikkawa practices in La Jolla, California at the UCSD Shiley Eye Center, where patients travel from around the world for specialized eye care. Dr. Kikkawa has been elected to Woodward and White’s “Best Doctors in America” and San Diego Magazine’s “Top Doctors” issue. Dr. Kikkawa, along with colleagues Drs. Leah Levi and David Granet, founded the UCSD Thyroid Eye Center in 1997, one of the first of its kind in the US. Their work has been featured on the TV show“The Doctors”, Fox News, and in Mary Shomon’s book, “Living Well With Graves Disease and Hyperthyroidism.” Their research has also been published in many ophthalmic journals and textbooks.
David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P., F.A.A.O., Anne Ratner Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Director of the Anne F. and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center, Shiley Eye Complex.
Dr. Granet is the Director of the Divisions of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Alignment Disorders for the University of California, San Diego and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at UCSD. He is also the Adult ocular motility specialist for the Shiley Eye Center. Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Alignment Disorders (strabismus) are Dr. Granet’s specialties. In addition to his expertise in childhood eye misalignments and disorders, he has extensive experience in Adult eye movement problems as well as state-of-the-art adjustable suture strabismus surgery.
Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, Associate Physician Diplomate and Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute
Dr. Mehryar Taban is a compassionate oculoplastic surgeon who provides his patients the best possible care. He is an eyelid, orbit and facial plastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon who practices in the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Dr. Taban is an Assistant Professor at UCLA.
Catherine J. Hwang, MD serves as Associate Physician Diplomate at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Hwang specializes in treatments for thyroid eye disease, ptosis (drooping eyelid), blepharospasm, and tearing.
Dr. Andrew Gianoukakis, Internal Medicine, UCLA
Dr. Gianoukakis' special interest focuses on autoimmune thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. His research concerns the pathogenesis of Graves’ disease. Dr. Gianoukakis has developed a primary thyroid epithelial cell culture model and has used this to identify important mediators of the inflammatory responses seen in Graves’ disease. The clinical significance of these findings is currently being examined in a clinical research study. The ultimate goal for this line of investigation is to identify molecular targets through which the disease process can be interrupted, as well as clinically useful markers of disease activity.
Dr. Cy Worby
Dr. Worby retired in 1995 as Professor and Vice-Chair Emeritus in the Department of Psichiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Worby specializes in clinician-patient relationships for serious chronic illnesses, the complex relationships among the different professions comprising the health care clinical team, and the impact that the diagnosis of a serious chronic illness has on the family dynamic.
Kevin Thomas Brumund, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery, ENT/Head and Neck, University of California San Diego
Dr. Brumund is a board-certified, fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon. A major focus of his surgical practice is thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Dr. Brumund is proficient in minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery and is the only surgeon in San Diego County offering outpatient thyroid and parathyroid surgery through a 3 cm (1 inch) incision. This minimally invasive thyroidectomy is a new approach to thyroid surgery that can provide equally safe and effective results as a traditional thyroidectomy, which requires a much longer incision and much longer recovery time. The minimally invasive technique results in less pain and faster healing and recovery.
Dr. Carl K. Hoh, University of California San Diego
Dr. Carl K. Hoh is the Division Chief of the Nuclear Medicine Department at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Hoh also serves as an associate professor of radiology and is the director for UCSD’s nuclear medicine residency program. Dr. Hoh is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. Dr. Hoh completed his residency and fellow ship at University of California-Los Angeles and University of Southern California.
Michael Gottschalk, M.D., Ph.D.
Richard Lederer will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening attendee banquet. Mr. Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, The Gift of Age, A Tribute to Teachers, American Trivia, and Amazing Words. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Inquirer and was founding co-host of “A Way With Words” on Public Radio. Dr. Lederer’s observations on language appear in magazines throughout the United States, and “Lederer on Language” appears each Saturday in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Nancy H. Patterson, Ph.D
Dr. Patterson founded the Graves' Disease & Thyroid Foundation (formerly the National Graves' Disease Foundation) in 1990. She was one recipient of the American Thyroid Associations “Pioneer in Patient Education Award” as a charter member of the ATA Alliance for Patient Education. She has been either an At-Large member, or an officer of the Thyroid Federation International since its inception in 1995. Dr. Patterson will be moderating a patient panel on "Finding Your New Normal."
Judith L. Dvorak, ARNP, MSN
Judy Dvorak has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in the mental health field for over 30 years. During this time she has seen many patients with chronic physical conditions. Because of her close association with the Graves’ Disease (now Graves’ Disease and Thyroid) Foundation, as well as her personal experiences with immune system illness, she has focused in this area. She will be leading a patient/family support group breakout session.
Donna Starkweather, RN, MSN