Terry F. Davies, MD, Elected American Thyroid Association (ATA) President for 2009-2010 Term

Newswise — Terry F. Davies, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in thyroid disease, has been elected to become President of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) for a one-year term beginning in October 2009. He took office today as President-Elect at the ATA's 79th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill.

Kenneth D. Burman, M.D., recently installed ATA President said today "It is my sincere privilege to welcome the newly elected leadership to the ATA Board of Directors." "Dr. Davies is a dedicated ATA member, exceptionally qualified to serve as a strong advocate for people with thyroid disease and the clinicians and researchers who work tirelessly on their behalf."

Dr. Davies was trained in the UK, at the University of Newcastle. After early training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., he has spent his career in New York City at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Davies has a long and distinguished record of significant contributions to understanding the endocrine physiology and pathology. He has published more than 400 scientific papers, chapters and books, mostly in the area of thyroid disease at a basic level, in the areas of immunology and genetics, and in the clinical arena of autoimmune thyroid disease and pregnancy. Although Dr. Davies, as a clinician, is often included in many lists of "Best Doctors," the Davies Laboratory also remains one of the world's pre-eminent sites for autoimmune thyroid disease research as evidenced by his extensive support from the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans' Administration. "I am honored to have been elected to serve as ATA President," said Dr. Davies, Florence and Theodore Baumritter Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and the Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center "The ATA is an exceptional organization and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues on the Board of Directors to continue improving the lives of patients with thyroid diseases, especially the large number of women who get thyroid disorders."

Dr. Davies has received many honors in his career, including the Pitt Rivers Lecture of the British Endocrine Society and the Sidney Ingbar Distinguished Lecture of the American Thyroid Association. Dr. Davies is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and is a member of the American Association of Physicians.

About the American Thyroid Association (ATA)The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the lead organization in promoting thyroid health and understanding thyroid biology. The ATA values scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, public service, education, collaboration, and collegiality.

A non-profit medical society founded in 1923, the ATA fulfills its mission through supporting excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, education, and public health. ATA members are physicians and scientists who work to enhance the understanding of thyroid physiology and pathophysiology, improve the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases, and promote the education of physicians, patients, and the public about thyroid disorders.

Thyroid diseases are among the most common disorders of the endocrine system, affecting almost 13 million Americans alone. The ATA has extensive online information for patients on thyroid disease (in English and Spanish) serving the clinician as a resource for patients and the public who look for reliable information on the internet.

To learn more about the ATA, visit: http://www.thyroid.org.


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