Finding a Thyroid Surgeon

As with most types of surgery, the chance of having a successful and safe operation increases with the experience of the surgeon. In particular, thyroid surgery is a highly specialized field which requires significant experience to master. When visiting a surgeon for thyroid disease, keep in mind that the specific title of the surgeon is not necessarily relevant to their experience in thyroid surgery. For example, a head and neck surgeon may not necessarily be an expert in thyroid surgery. It is therefore important that you inquire about the surgeon's specific experience. Do not be afraid to ask how many thyroid and parathyroid operations a surgeon performs each year and what their personal complication rate is. An expert will expect to be asked these questions and should not get offended by them. Research has shown that a surgeon should do more than 50 thyroid and parathyroid operations a year to be considered an expert. Our Columbia Thyroid Center surgeons perform many times that number each year and have each performed thousands of neck operations in their careers. Use the chart below to determine the experience of your surgeon.

  • Total No. of Thyroid or Parathyroid Operations: < 200
    Experience Level: Inexperienced
  • Total No. of Thyroid or Parathyroid Operations: 200-500
    Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Total No. of Thyroid or Parathyroid Operations: >500
    Experience Level: Experienced
  • Total No. of Thyroid or Parathyroid Operations: >1000
    Experience Level: Expert

Our Thyroid Surgeons 

James Lee, MD – Surgical Director
Treats: Adults & Children

Jennifer Kuo, MD, FACS
Treats: Adults & Children

We're located at 51 W. 51st St and 161 Fort Washington Ave. in Manhattan, and 155 White Plains Road in Tarrytown.


Call us at 
212.305.0442 or request an appointment online

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