Graves' Disease and Thyroid Foundation 2018 Patient & Family Conference - A Bridge to Wellness XX

San Diego, California
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Confirmed Presenters:

The majority of our presenters are practicing physicians who place a high value on their patients' care. Rarely, emergencies can occur that result in cancellations or schedule changes.

Terry J. Smith, M.D., University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center

Dr. Smith is the Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine.  His clinical interests include Graves' disease, thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy, and metabolic diseases.  The Kellogg laboratory group is interested in understanding and developing new treatments for Graves' Disease (GD) or thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy (TAO). Their work is focused on defining the molecular targets that will lead to effective and specific therapy design. 

Dr. Smith and Dr. Raymond Douglas served as principal investigators on a recently completed study on teprotumumab for thyroid eye disease.  In May 2017, the New England Journal of Medicine published "Teprotumumab for Thyroid-Associated Ophthalmopathy".

Michael Bouvet, MD

Dr. Michael Bouvet specializes in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery. He performs surgeries for tumors of the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, esophagus, and stomach, as well as for other conditions. He is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncologists, the American Thyroid Association, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bouvet is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been selected as one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and one of San Diego's Top Doctors.

 Charles H. Choe, M.D.

Dr. Choe is a board certified endocrinologist who is actively involved in training medical students, residents, and fellows in the field of endocrinology. He also holds an active Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists for performing ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsies. Dr. Choe notes, "There's never been a day where I regret my decision to practice endocrinology. There is so much that is changing in this field, and I love that I am in this academic environment where I can provide up-to-date and evidence-based care. I hope this passion comes through when I interact with my patients, staff, and students."

Kimberly Cockerham, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Interests:   Dr. Cockerham is the Bay Area and Central Valley expert for patients with eyelid and facial concerns. She provides the latest medical therapies, lasers and advanced surgical techniques for cancer, inflammation, aging changes and other conditions of the eyelids, eye muscles, area behind the eye (orbit) and face. Dr. Cockerham has a particular clinical and research interest in thyroid eye disease.   Dr. Cockerham founded the "Let's Face It Together Foundation", which provides grants to uninsured patients so they can receive the medical and surgical care they need.  Formerly Chief of Ocufacial Plastics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Cockerham notes, “My time in the military taught me to honor and respect my patients and their families and also to understand the larger role physicians can play in a community. I remain very committed through my foundation to helping the underinsured and their families rebuild their lives – face first.”

David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.A.O, F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. 

David B. Granet, M.D, F.A.A.O, F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P, is the Anne Ratner Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Director of the Anne F. and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center located within the Shiley Eye Complex. He is also the Adult ocular motility specialist for the Shiley Eye Institute. A speaker in demand worldwide, Dr. Granet's communication skills cross over into teaching the public about medical issues as the host of the emmy award winning television show, Health Matters. His work has led him to be perennially named in “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctors”.

 Thomas Kelly, M.D.
Dr. Kelly is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A native San Diegan, Dr. Kelly ’s interest in working with children and their families dates back to his role as an educator at Sea World. Dr. Kelly went on to complete his internship and residency in Pediatrics at New York Medical College where he was awarded the Gustav Stringle award for the hardest working resident.  He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly has been selected as the Pediatric Endocrinologist on the Dr. D Radio Podcast, an online radio show discussing topics related to the well-being of pregnancies, women, children and families.

Don O. Kikkawa, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Don O. Kikkawa, MD, FACS is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Chief of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Vice Chairman at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Department of Ophthalmology and UCSD Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla. Dr. Kikkawa joined the UCSD Ophthalmology faculty in 1993 and is co-director of the UCSD Thyroid Eye Center and also a former program director of UCSD's ophthalmology residency. Dr. Kikkawa's clinical interests include aesthetic and reconstructive oculofacial surgery; orbital surgery; thyroid orbitopathy; craniofacial disorders involving the eyelids and orbits; and tumors. Dr. Kikkawa's many honors include: Best Doctor’s in America; America's Top Doctor; San Diego Magazine’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence.

Bobby S. Korn, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Bobby S. Korn, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego Health Shiley Eye Institute. Dr. Korn has a wide range of clinical interests that span oculoplastic conditions including cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid and face (blepharoplasty and ptosis repair), congenital ptosis, management of thyroid eye disease.  He is Associate Editor for the journal Opthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  He is the recipient of multiple awards including: American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, ASOPRS Research Award, Marvin Quickert Thesis Award, Star Award by AAO, Outstanding Teaching Awards from Medical Student and Residents.He has been selected by his peers as a Top Physician by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Korn has given over 170 lectures at the local, national and international level. In his free time, he is a volunteer surgeon locally and internationally.

Farshad Moradi, M.D., Ph.D.
Farshad Moradi, MD, is a board-certified radiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating disease using medical imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET). His expertise includes general nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology, and cardiothoracic, cancer, and brain imaging. He has coauthored numerous articles, and his work has appeared in Nature Neuroscience, Neuron and NeuroImage, among others. Dr. Moradi is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Karen McCowen, M.D.

Karen McCowen, MD, has been published in numerous publications including American Journal of Clinical NutritionNew England Journal of MedicineAnnals of Internal MedicineEncyclopedia of Human NutritionCurrent Opinions in Gastroenterology and Nutrition in Clinical Practice.  Before joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. McCowen was a physician in the endocrine divisions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McCowen completed fellowships in nutrition and metabolism and clinical nutrition from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also completed fellowship training in metabolism from Joslin Diabetes Center. She completed a clinical fellowship in endocrinology from several facilities in Boston, Massachusetts at Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic and received her medical degree from Trinity College in Ireland. She is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.

 Nancy Hord Patterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Patterson holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida.  She is a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Following her own battle with Graves’ Disease, Dr. Patterson founded the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation (formerly the National Graves’ Disease Foundation) in 1990.  Dr. Patterson has received recognition from the American Thyroid Association as a "Pioneer in Thyroid Patient Education. Her publications include a variety of continuing education courses, co-author of Graves’ Disease-In our Own Words (now in its 2nd Edition); and journal articles having to do with stress management and mastery, and patient education and support. 


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