The Pediatric Thyroid Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the few centers in the nation dedicated to the unique medical needs of children and adolescents with thyroid disease. The center’s multidisciplinary team of experts offers an unparalleled level of expertise and the resources needed to provide optimal and individualized care for each child with thyroid disease.

For patients facing thyroid cancer, the Pediatric Thyroid Center provides experienced surgical services and radiotherapy. We have refined the techniques and skills needed to perform fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNAB) of thyroid nodules in children. We are also one of the very few centers in the United States to offer this level of expertise in evaluation and care of pediatric patients with thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer — all in a family-centered, child-focused Hospital.

Our team also works closely with the Thyroid Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which offers our young adult patients a smooth transition of care.

Principal Investigators

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Principal Investigator
Executive Board
Aime T. Franco
Director of Biorepository
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Principal Investigator
Scientific Committee
Executive Board
Andrew J. Bauer
Chair of Executive Board, Pediatric Endocrinologist

Meet the Team

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Operations Center
Amber R. Isaza
Director of Operations
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Operations Center
Sogol Mostoufi-Moab
Pediatric Endocrinologist
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Operations Center
Stephen Halada
Operations Coordinator
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Operations Center
N. Scott Adzick
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Operations Center
Ken Kazahaya
Pediatric Otolaryngologist
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Operations Center
Julia A. Baran
Operations Coordinator
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Operations Center
Michele Scheerer
Lab Manager
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Operations Center
Kyle Hinkle
Biorepository Project Manager
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Operations Center
Julio C. Ricarte-Filho
Laboratory Scientist
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Operations Center
Zack Spangler
Animal Research Support Specialist
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Operations Center
Mya Bojarsky
Operations & Contracts Coordinator