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The following listing includes recommended doctors and practitioners for your thyroid care. Please note that being listed here in the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is the right one for you. The doctor may be an empathetic and warm physician, but not open to working with drugs like Armour or T3 drugs. The doctor may be brilliant and innovative, but have a terrible bedside manner. Or the doctor may be quite costly and not on insurance programs. Always call the doctor's office ahead of time to find out more about the doctor's philosophy, approach, costs, and other important factors before going in for your first appointment. Please let me know if you have feedback -- positive or negative -- about doctors listed here, or would like to recommend your "top" doctor.

Thanks! -- Mary

Become part of the movement for better care! Help keep great doctors in business and encourage more doctors to properly treat thyroid patients by recommending the smart, caring, innovative practitioner who treats your thyroid condition. We might include him or her on the Top Docs Directory! And if you have criticism or feedback about a listed doctor, please let us know now!

Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

Doctors who were previously listed here are removed for a number of reasons.
* The doctor has requested that his/her listings be removed because: he/she does not agree with this site’s philosophy or patient-orientation; the practice is too busy and can’t accept new patients; the doctor does not feel comfortable handling complicated thyroid problems; the doctor did not agree with what was said in the patient recommendations; or the doctor said “take me off the list” and offered no explanation.
* The doctor has moved, retired, or died.
* The doctor has lost his/her license, or given up his/her license, and is no longer practicing medicine.
* Patients have provided negative input about the doctor that is of sufficient concern that, in the opinion of the editor, the doctor should no longer be on the Top Thyroid Doctors List.
* Thyroid Top Doctors would face legal concerns if we published specific information about why patients had negative opinions about doctors, or if we shared a doctor’s occasional ranting ”take me off” email, or if we publicized doctors with licensing problems. So please, if you see that a doctor has been taken off the list and want to know why, talk to the doctor directly. If you write to us to ask why a doctor was taken off the list, we’re sorry, but we won’t be able to answer you or share that information.

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NOTE: See Virginia and Maryland for doctors in the Washington Metropolitan area, including Mary Shomon's own terrific doctor, Kate Lemmerman, MD, and another highly-recommended physician, Dr. Adrienne Clamp.

Washington, DC

Dr. Lisa Boyle, Surgery, 110 Irving St NW, Suite G247, Washington, DC 202-877-5611 A reader writes: "Thyroidectomy after diagnosis of Hurthle cell neoplasm was flawless. One night in the hospital, no pain, minimal stress - completely professional treatment." (Added 11/02)

Another fan:
"When I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer everything happend so fast, one day I was at the doctors office on a routine visit and 2 days later I was having my thyroid removed. Dr. Boyle was wonderful, she made me feel like she was my sister and everything would be alright. It was, she was flawless, and the scar....what scar." (July 2008)

Washington, DC

Dr. Anne E. Busseniers B.C. Anatomic Pathology 3 Washington Circle NW #303 Washington, DC 202-463-5149 A reader writes: "Dr. Busseniers is very knowledgeable in this field. I felt comfortable and assured in her approach to doing the aspiration on my throat." (Added 11/02)


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Washington, DC

Dr. Bruce Rind, 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20015, (202) 237-7000, fax (202) 237-0017,, "He is a holistic physician with both traditional and alternative medical training. He is board certified in anesthesiology with additional training in acupuncture, osteopathy, and nutritional medicine. He has extensively studied endocrine disorders, especially thyroid and adrenal. He works holistically to get the body into right balance. He's meticulous and has studied thousands of patients. He knows his stuff. I highly recommend him. He has managed to get my hyperthyroidism to normal w/o surgery or RAI." (added 1/04)

Another reader recommends Dr. Rind:
" He is caring, knowledgeable, and is in a group integrated medicine clinic." (added 1/04)

Note: Visits to this doctor may be very expensive, so check in advance what the costs will be. Also, be advised that this doctor's treatments often rely heavily on recommendations for costly private-label supplements that are sold only by his practice. Consider whether you can get same or similar supplements for less at other outlets. (December 2006)

Washington, D.C.

Gabriel Uwaifo, Endocrinology, 650 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20003, 202 675 6020. "He takes all the time you need to answer every question, is unbelievably informed about research of all kinds, is gentle when he examines you, is incredibly sympathetic, and just plain smart. He is a good human being, clearly, as well as a great doctor. And the best part - you can tell he really CARES what happens to you." (added 1/04)

Washington, DC

John Pan, M.D., Integrative Medicine, 908 New Hampshire NW/Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 22304, 202-833-5055,, "Evaluates thyroid by symptoms and lab tests." (Added 4/04)

Washington, DC

Dr. Jonklaas, Endocrinologist, Georgetown Hospital, Washington DC

"In short, Dr. Jonklaas helped save my life after I developed thyroid cancer. She is a very patient, understanding doctor, a good listener, and a brilliant scholar, who does research for the national institute of health." (May 2008)

Washington, DC

Yasser H. Ousman, Endocrinologist, Other, Washington Hospital Center - Ambulatory Care Center - SubSpecialty Practice 110 Irving Street, NW Room 1A50, Washington, DC 20010, 202-877-0333, www.whcenter,org /

"I was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma - tall cell variant - in Sept 2004. Dr. Lisa Boyle performed a total thyroidectomy at Washington Hospital Center. Widely known as one of the best thyroid surgeons, I heeded Dr. Boyle's advice to continue my care with the Endocrine team at WHC because of my cancer variant. I feel extremely fortunate to have Dr. Ousman as my endocrinologist. He not only concerns himself with my cancer issue, but with my overall wellness. Dr. Ousman takes time to listen to any concerns I have, regardless of how large or small they may be. He will ask me how I feel, and then simply listen when I explain that I may not feel the way I used to, or that I've gained some weight. He gladly listens as I describe how my body and stamina has changed since surgery, and then he answer my concerns with explanations of how my body reacts to the different things it has been through - surgery, RAI treatment, hormone replacement, etc. Dr. Ousman has even even helped me find additional medical help (outside of his expertise) in order to achieve total overall wellness. I feel as if he's not only my doctor, but he's someone I know I can trust and turn to when I need help." (May 2008)

Another fan:
"I love Dr. Ousman, he listens to what ails you and makes you feel like you are his only patient. I never feel like I am being rushed out." (July 2008)

Washington, DC

Stanley Knoll, Surgeon, Surgical Associates, Washington, DC, 202 331 1234,

"Had total thyroidectomy, non-cancerous, substernal goiter, thyroid was strangling my esophagus and trachea and vocal chords/nerves were entangled ...Dr. Knoll skillfully removed my extremely over-grown gland during a delicate 4-hour procedure and I was up talking hours after surgery...I feel 100% better and I credit his surgical skill solely." (May 2008)

Washington, DC

Dr. Ace Lipson -- no longer listed (July 2008)

Washington, DC

Kenneth Burman, MD -- no longer listed


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IMPORTANT NOTE: Mary Shomon, the patients who have recommended these physicians and practitioners, or physicians and practitioners who have recommended/listed themselves make no guarantees or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or validity of the information provided here. Mary Shomon, patients writing in to recommend their doctors, and the doctors/practitioners themselves assume no responsibility for any services provided by listed physicians or practitioners. It is your responsibility to investigate any physician with whom you plan to have a consultation, and you consult with physicians listed here expressly at your own risk.

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All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician or health practitioner before starting a new fitness regimen.