Greg Randolph33 medGregory W. Randolph, M.D., FACS, FACE The 2019 George W. Barber Jr. Lectureship, "Communication and Complications in Thyroid Surgery 2019," was presented by a world-renowned expert in the field of otolaryngology, Gregory W. Randolph, M.D., FACS, FACE. The Claire and John Bertucci Endowed Chair in thyroid surgical oncology at Harvard Medical School is a professor in otolaryngology and surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

Dr. Randolph shared the history of thyroid surgery to help frame current practice. He also discussed future advances in thyroid surgery, including the de-escalation of treatment for thyroid cancer, intraoperative nerve monitoring, and molecular testing for thyroid disease.

“It was a unique and insightful discussion that can broadly be applied to many areas within otolaryngology,” said Dr. Erin Buczek, UAB Otolaryngology Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director.

The lecture highlighted Dr. Randolph’s vast experience in endocrine surgery and practical considerations for thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He explained how to navigate difficult situations and potential complications from surgery.

“The lectureship is an excellent opportunity for our fellows, residents and medical students to learn from experts in otolaryngology,” said Dr. Buczek.

The residents and fellows presented cases to Dr. Randolph. They were able to discuss management and topics directly related to patients cared for at UAB.