While waiting in the Korean Air first class lounge I began to think about how far I have come in my life. I am traveling to Seoul Korea to study under the world expert in a thyroid procedure that is not approved presently in the USA, but is used to treat thousands of thyroid patients without surgery in the rest of the world. Even little Latvia has been treating patients with it.
I am 75 years old and am a clinical thyroidologist, thyroid nuclear medicine physician, endocrine neck thyroid sonologist, thyroid cytologist, and interventional thyroidologist. I am a hybrid physician. I could not get all the training in these fields at the university. I am a clinical professor at Keck/USC school of medicine, founder of Academy of Clinical Thyroidology, First fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, and founding member of the Thyroid Ablation Society of American. I teach fellow endocinologists clinical thyroidology, Endocrine neck ultrasound, biopsy, and thyroid ablation in my private Master’s Class.
I am doing thyroid cancer molecular marker studies, and presenting papers regularly at major endocrine national meetings. I just finished a study on “Liquid Biopsies” ( DNA fragments seen in a blood sample) for thyroid cancer. I am considered an expert in thyroid ablation methods, and regularly send patients for radiofrequency ablation RFA procedures out of the country to save them from unnecessary surgery.I have pioneered the use of ethanol PEI to ablate thyroid/parathyroid cysts and thyroid cancer lymph nodes. I have the first video publication in VideoEndcorinology of the American Thyroid Association on the use of ethanol for those purposes.
In 1996 I had the first private thyroid website, thyroid.com. In 21 years it became the major reference for all things related to thyroid nodules and cancer and my blog is the top rated thyroid blog. I have international patients coming to see me directly from my website. This memoir is about how someone like me made it to the top of his own made up hybrid crossover endocrine career. It started when I never attended kindergarten and learned to sit quietly on the carpet.
Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU