Thyroid Radiofrequency Tumor Ablation RFA of Thyroid Nodules is Moving Forward at The Amercian Association of Clinical Endocrinologists AACE with a New RFA Task Force.
The task force under the chairmanship of Dr.Mark Lupo
and the AACE president Dr.Jonathan Leffert
has several interventional thyroidologists and ultrasound teachers on the roster.
- Devaprabu Abraham, MD, MRCP, FACE, ECNU – Salt Lake City
- Brittany Bohinc Henderson, MD, ECNU – Winston Salem, NC ( 2017 RFA Training DR.Guttler’s master’s tumor ablation RFA workshop )
- Richard B. Guttler, MD, FACE, ECNU – Santa Monica, CA (2015 RFA training DR.Valcavi). May 21-31 2018 RFA training Dr. JH Baek Seoul Korea.
- In addition the inclusion of Master of AACE physician Daniel Duick from Scottsdale Az for his long association with RFA training by multiple visits to Roberto Valcavi’s workshop, and initial application for RFA clinical trials 3 years ago in association with Dr’s Lupo and Guttler. His input will be valuable to the task force.
DR’s Lupo,Henderson and Guttler attended the first meeting of the Thyroid ablation society( thyroidablation.net) in Boston at the World Thyroid Cancer Congress.
Task Force to Explore Thyroid Applications of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
1. Assess all aspects of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to include initial FDA approval of the device, CPT codes for payment related to thyroid disease, indications for treatment, anesthesia and safety issues.
2. Establish a plan for clinical trials of thyroid applications of radio frequency ablation.
3. Develop educational initiatives and opportunities for AACE members to become proficient in thyroid applications of radiofrequency ablation.
Training workshops in Thyroid RFA presently are located in three centers.
- Asan Medical Center in Seoul Korea under JH Baek. (3-5 day courses)
- Roberto Valcavi at Centro-Palmer Institute in Italy (3-5 day).
- Richard Guttler’s Master’s Class in thyroid tumor ablation at Santa Monica Thyroid Center Ca USA (3-5 day)
- Dr Henderson doing RFA on bovine liver model with beef nodules