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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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Dr. Kevin Passero, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, Naturopathic Doctor, 203 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis, MD, 21401, Phone/Fax: 443-433-5540,
A reader writes: "If you have hypothyroid symptoms (excessive fatigue, irritability, etc.) and have gotten no help from your endo, Dr. Passero on Annapolis, MD is the way to go. I feel like I have my life back." (Added October 2007)


Dr. Hazel Bowen-Wright -- NO LONGER LISTED


Shezhad Basaria, Endocrinologist, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD. A reader writes: "After years of "normal" thyroid tests, I saw Dr.Basaria. He did an examination and was able to feel a 1.4 cm nodule that turned out to be papillary thyroid carcinoma. Dr. Basaria was very proactive about putting me in touch with professionals he trusted, from the Dr. who performed the biopsy, to the surgeon who performed my thyroidectomy. Dr. Basaria moved my treatment along and just 2 months later I am cancer free. Dr. Basaria is very thorough and has wonderful bedside manner. I would recommend him in a heartbeat!" (Added Dec. 2006)


Dr. James Mersey -- NO LONGER LISTED


Dr. James A. Dicke -- no longer listed (May 2008)


Serena Rose Nolan, MD -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Bethesda/Chevy Chase Area

Adrienne Clamp, MD -- See Silver Spring listing


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Leonard Wisneski -- no longer in practice

Chevy Chase / Washington, DC

Neil Ravin -- no longer listed / practice closed (May 2008)


Jose Laveria, Family Practice, 912 Seton Drive, Cumberland MD 21502, 301-722-3111. "For years I suffered, dry skin, fatigue, general malice, until I changed doctors and Dr, Laveria tested my thyroid, and diagnosed hypothyroidism."


Dr. Muhammad Smith -- No longer listed (October 2006)

Forest Glen Area

Adrienne Clamp, MD -- See Silver Spring listing


Dr. Alan Vinitsky, Environmental Medicine, Wind River Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 301-840-0002. "He listens, explains well, and takes time to deal with all of your symptoms. He is excellent at dealing with fatigue and vague symptoms. He uses lots of nutritional support and also when necessary, T3." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"This doctor seems to go beyond the call of duty to help -- and is on cutting edge of research." (March 2009)


Dr. Teresa Joy -- no longer listed

Kensington Area

Adrienne Clamp, MD -- See Silver Spring listing

Laurel Hill

Dr. Paul V. Beals Preventive medicine thru nutrition and chelation therapies 9101 Cherry Ln. Suite 201 Laurel, MD 20708 301-490-9911 A reader writes: "I've been going to him for years and had two children who also had thyroid problems, one has Hashimoto's and the other is hypothyroid, then I began to show some hypothyroid symptoms. He prescribed Armour thyroid and a progesterone cream and I feel much better now. He listens and will pray with you if you ask. He really cares about you." (Added 11/02)


Fred Bloem, MD -- no longer listed (July 2008)


Dr Bruce Sindler, Endocrinology, 1314 Bedford Ave, MD 21208, 410-653-4151. A reader writes: "In 2001 I was diagnosed w/ hypothyroid disease. My GP referred me to 2 of the doctors on this list, but neither would LISTEN to my symptoms - they just wanted to prescribe Synthroid and collect the insurance payment... I suffered for almost 4 years on Synthroid - and then found Dr Sindler. After LISTENING to my history and symptoms and concerns, he switched me to Armour. In the past 8 months, my health has improved, my energy levels are back and I no longer get thru every day barely functioning. I credit Dr Sindler AND Armour with giving me back my life." (Added 6/05)


Veronica Hayduk, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, 620 Hungerford Dr., Ste 15, Rockville, MD 20850 (301) 395-9118

"Dr. Hayduk helped me regain my life back! She has reversed the fatigue, I have more energy, sleep better and more. Very knowledgeable on natural remedies as well as explaining medical lab tests, all without being rushed." (May 2008)

A reader writes:
"I found working with Dr. Hayduk to be a delight. She's knowledgeable, explains things well and really helped me regain my energy and vitality. I haven't felt this great in years." (March 2009)


Gupta Anurag -- No longer listed (October 2006).

Silver Spring

Adrienne Clamp, MD, The Asclepeion Center, 9834 Capitol View Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301.495.0933,

NOTE: Read Mary Shomon's interview with Dr. Adrienne Clamp regarding her treatment philosophy for thyroid, adrenal and hormonal problems.

"Dr. Clamp, who is herself hypothyroid, has extensive experience working with people with hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. She is well-versed in the use of various thyroid medications, including time-released T3, Armour Thyroid, and Cytomel, and has expertise in various treatments for adrenal exhaustion, including hydrocortisone. Dr. Clamp is board certified in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture, and has a background in family medicine. She is an empathetic and caring practitioner, who is open-minded, integrative in her approach, and willing to work with thyroid patients to help them truly feel well." (May 2008).


Anne Fraker -- no longer listed (May 2008)

Towson (Moved from Baltimore

Dr. Frank Lee -- no longer listed


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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.