Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands 2014


Saturday-Monday, December 6-8, 2014
Boston Marriott Long Wharf, Boston, MA 

Register for this course

Course Description

This two and a half day conference focuses on surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Panel discussions center on management of difficult cases with invited audience participation. Discussion topics include:

  • Preoperative workup of both thyroid and parathyroid surgical disease with an emphasis on fine needle aspiration, preop molecular analysis, and preop parathyroid localization imaging options
  • Surgical techniques (recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring, parathyroid identification and preservation, intraoperative parathyroid hormone analysis), including minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Molecular genetic analysis for thyroid carcinoma and advances in oncogene research
  • Surgical philosophy regarding bilateral thyroid surgery, surgical treatment of the neck and surgical treatment of invasive tracheal disease
  • Recognition and treatment of postoperative complications, including new advances in their treatment

Course Objectives

  • Recognize the important thyroid nodule preop workup fine needle aspiration cytopathologic categories, molecular testing options and their relationship to other preop information, such as ultrasound in the preop evaluation and surgical selection in patients with thyroid nodular disease
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of voice and laryngeal function both before and after surgery
  • Explore new voice and laryngeal examination guidelines recently published, especially as they relate to patients with thyroid cancer and potentially? invasive disease
  • Recognize the advantages and limitations of various options in preop imaging for patients with hyperparathyroidism to formulate a discriminating preop surgical plan
  • Identify standard methods and algorithms for the application of intraoperative neural monitoring  and blend information received from monitoring into an optimally safer rational surgical plan

Target Audience

The course is geared toward physicians involved in the management of thyroid and parathyroid disease, with a focus on surgeons and endocrinologists. Other associated specialists include radiologists, pathologists, cytopathologists and nuclear medicine physicians. Additionally, fellows, residents, associated nurse practitioners and physician assistants may benefit from this course.


This CME is offered by the Department of Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 21AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Back to Top