Ralph P. Tufano, MD, MBA, FACS
Ralph P. Tufano, MD, MBA, FACS, Program Co-Chair, is the Charles W. Cummings MD Endowed Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Tufano serves as the department’s Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and the American Head and Neck Society accredited fellowship in Endocrine Surgery. He serves on the Board of the American Thyroid Association and the Endocrine Section of the American Head and Neck Society. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Surgical Affairs Committee for the ATA and served as its inaugural co-chair. He is also the recent past chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Endocrine Surgery Committee. He has authored over 175 peer-reviewed papers, and more than 30 textbook chapters related to thyroid and parathyroid diseases which have helped to define surgical management in this area. His research interests include novel directed therapies for the treatment of thyroid and parathyroid diseases, prognostic molecular markers for differentiated thyroid cancer, clinical outcomes research especially for transoral thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and determining the value propositions of thyroid and parathyroid surgical care episodes.