The American Thyroid Association has elected new officers to sustain its objectives for the coming year .

Incoming President-elect Dr. Bryan Haugen is Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Colorado Denver and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes. His clinical interests include thyroid nodules and cancer, thyroid dysfunction, and other endocrine neoplasms. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Olaf College and completed his medical degree at the Mayo Medical School.

I have greatly benefited from the training and mentorship of many leaders within the ATA.” says Dr. Haugen

Dr. Martha Zeiger is Chief of Endocrine Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Oncology, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Co-director of Translational and Basic Research in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has co-authored several clinical guidelines on thyroid cancer, hyperparathyroidism, and adrenal incidentalomas for the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

Dr. Zeiger received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her medical degree from The University of Vermont College of Medicine. She served in the United States Navy as a General Medical Officer, and subsequently completed a General Surgical Residency at Maine Medical Center and worked as a Commander and Attending Surgeon at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology, focusing on endocrine surgery, at the National Cancer Institute.

She has identified two main goals for the ATA over the next several years: to continue to grow in both national and international membership through the inclusion of more comprehensive clinical and basic science programs that include all aspects of clinical care and investigation associated with thyroid disease; and, in an era of limited resources, to seek additional, innovative funding sources to promote clinical and basic science investigation, as well as new patient care initiatives.

Dr. Erik Alexander is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Thyroid Unit, Department of Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In addition, he takes an active role in promoting medical education and is the director of Medical Student Education at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In this role, he oversees the 3rd year Internal Medicine clerkship and the 4th year subinternship in Internal Medicine, and he is responsible for all medical student activities throughout the 850-bed institution.

His clinical and research interests focus on thyroid disorders, and the evaluation of thyroid nodules and thyroid disorders during pregnancy. At present, he is co-directing a national clinical trial investigating molecular analysis of thyroid nodule aspiration tissue. His is also a member of two national guideline committees.