Newswise — Chevy Chase, MD (March 16, 2011)— The ongoing threat of radiation release from earthquake-stricken nuclear plants in Japan, continues to generate questions regarding the health risks to humans. Thyroid expert and editor in chief of the Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), Leonard Wartofsky, MD, is available to provide insight on the effects of radiation on thyroid function.

Dr. Wartofsky is a professor of medicine, anatomy, physiology and genetics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, professor of medicine at Georgetown University and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Maryland, Howard University and George Washington University Schools of Medicine. He is chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center. He is a past president of both The Endocrine Society and the American Thyroid Association.

WHO: Dr. Leonard Wartofsky Representative of The Endocrine Society WHAT: Dr. Wartofsky, a leading endocrinologist and thyroid specialist is available to discuss the effects of radiation on thyroid function.

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