Doctor Thyroid

Welcome to Doctor Thyroid with your host, Philip James. This is a meeting place for you to hear from top thyroid doctors and healthcare professionals. Information here is intended to help those wanting to 'thrive' regardless of setbacks related to thyroid cancer. Seeking good health information can be a challenge, hopefully this resource provides you with better treatment alternatives as related to endocrinology, surgery, hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, functional medicine, pathology, and radiation treatment. Not seeing an episode that addresses your particular concern? Please send me an email with your interest, and I will request an interview with a leading expert to help address your questions. Philip James
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Oct 21, 2017

A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Kaptein began teaching at the Keck School of Medicine in the Endocrinology Division in 1977. She became a tenured Professor of Medicine in 1990, a position she currently holds. Dr. Kaptein is a distinguished member of the Western Society for Clinical Investigation, American Society of Nephrology, the Endocrine Society and the American Thyroid Association. An accomplished researcher and lecturer, Dr. Kaptein has been invited to speak on the topics of Endocrinology and Nephrology in such cities as Montreal, Milan, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Vienna and Rotterdam, to name a few.

In this interview, Dr. Kaptein discusses the need to consider each patient before making treatment decisions.  In some cases, this may mean foregoing the removal of cancerous lymph nodes. 


American Thyroid Association

Dr. Elaine Kaptein



Oct 19, 2017

Carmelo Nucera, M.D., Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, in the Division of Cancer Biology and Angiogenesis (Department of Pathology), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Nucera received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Experimental Endocrinology and Metabolism from Italy.
Dr. Nucera is highly driven by an intense desire to make important contributions that will directly benefit patients. Dr. Nucera is strongly committed to make discovery aimed to immediately cure patients that are suffering with aggressive tumors and rare/orphan cancer disease.
Dr. Nucera has a clinical background and intensely served patients with fatal human diseases.

In this episode, Dr. Nucera discusses a combination drug therapy using vemurafenib and palbociclib represents a novel therapeutic strategy to treat papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). 

Carmelo Nucera

Researchers identify novel therapeutic strategy for drug-resistant thyroid cancers

Publication: Thyroid Cancer and resistance to BRAFV600E inhibitors

American Thyroid Association


Oct 19, 2017

Dr. Angela M. Leung is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at both UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

After pursuing her undergraduate studies at Occidental College, Dr. Leung completed her internal medicine residency and endocrinology fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine. She also studied at the Boston University School of Public Health and obtained a master's degree in Epidemiology.

Dr. Leung has particular clinical and research interests in thyroid disorders, and she also sees patients regarding parathyroid and adrenal disorders.  She has published widely and lectures frequently on thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and thyroid disease during pregnancy.

In this episode, the following topics are explained:

  • Optimizing thyroid health prior to conception
  • Thyroid issues that affect pregnancy
  • Hypothyroid as result of surgery or Hashimotos
  • Hyperthyroidism and pregnancy
  • Adjusting current thyroid treatment, meaning optimizing thyroid levels by adjusting dosage of thyroid medication
  • TSH levels in light of pregnancy
  • Planned pregnancy usually means a dose increase
  • What happens if someone does not get treatment during pregnancy?
  • Hypothyroidism and the fetus
  • Brain development for the fetus
  • Lower IQ scores and hypothyroid in pregnancy
  • CATS study from UK and Italy
  • Iodine and pregnancy
  • Iodine intake prior to pregnancy
  • Armour thyroid and pregnancy
  • Concerns regarding animal derived thyroid replacement
    TSH levels


Dr. Angela Leung

CATS study

American Thyroid Association

49: Thyroid and Pregnancy⎥Why It Matters, with Dr. Elizabeth Pearce from Boston University