University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS

Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS

Chair and Professor, Dept. of Surgery, UCSF
Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS is professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and holds the Leon Goldman, MD, Distinguished Professorship in Surgery.

Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, her MA at Oxford, and her MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency program and a fellowship. Her clinical interest is in endocrine surgery, with a focus in thyroid cancer. She is widely published in outcomes analysis, as well as cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, and survey-based research.

Dr. Sosa is the newly elected editor in chief of the World Journal of Surgery, having served previously as deputy editor of JAMA-Surgery and associate editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. She is on the editorial boards of the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Endocrine, Hormones and Cancer, Journal of Thyroid Research, and the International Journal of Endocrine Oncology. She is Treasurer of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) and serves on the Board of Directors/Executive Council of the ATA, Society of Surgical Oncology, International Thyroid Oncology Group, and Association for Academic Surgery Foundation. She has served on ATA guidelines committees for hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, and differentiated thyroid cancer, and on the NCCN guidelines committee for neuroendocrine tumors.

Dr. Sosa has published more than 280 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 50 book chapters, and has authored/edited 4 books. She has been the recipient of grants from the NIH/NCI, Paget Foundation, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Donaghue Foundation, the American Geriatrics Association/Hartford Foundation, and the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Fund.

Education

  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, AB, 06/1988, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs
  • Worcester College, University of Oxford, MA, 06/1990, Human Sciences
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, MD, 06/1994, Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Other training, 06/1998, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Resident, 06/2001, Halsted Residency in General Surgery

Professional Experience

  • 2001 - 2002
    Assistant Chief of Service and Instructor, Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2001 - 2002
    Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • 2002 - 2008
    Assistant Professor, Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • 2008 - 2012
    Associate Professor, Surgery, Yale School of Medicine, Leader, Clinical Research Program in Endocrine Cancers, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
  • 2013 - 2018
    Professor of Surgery and Medicine (Oncology) with Tenure, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2013 - 2018
    Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2013 - 2018
    Leader, Endocrine Neoplasia Diseases Group, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2017 - 2018
    Director, Surgical Center for Outcomes Research (SCORES), Duke University, Durham, NC Co-leader, Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC
  • 2018-present
    Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2004
    John G Haddad Award, The Paget Foundation
  • 2005
    Research Career Development Award, Claude D. Pepper Center at Yale
  • 2005
    JJ Roslyn Faculty Research Award, Association for Academic Surgery
  • 2006
    Dennis Jahnigen Career Development Award, American Geriatrics Association
  • 2010
    Association for Academic Surgery International Visiting Professorship Award (AAS/RACS)
  • 2014
    Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars , Johns Hopkins University
  • 2015
    Distinguished Alumna Award, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2015
    Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Class of 2016
  • 2016
    PO Granberg Lecturer, Swedish Society for Endocrine Surgeons
  • 2016
    Invited International Visitor, Younger Fellows Section, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • 2017
    Woman of the Year in Thyroidology, American Thyroid Assn, Victoria, CA
  • 2017
    Lewis E. Braverman Distinguished Lectureship Award, American Thyroid Assn, Victoria, CA

Selected Publications

  1. Luster M, Aktolun C, Amendoeira I, Barczynski M, Bible KC, Duntas LH, Elisei R, Handkiewicz-Junak D, Hoffmann M, Jarzab B, Leenhardt L, Musholt TJ, Newbold K, Nixon IJ, Smit J, Sobrinho-Simões M, Sosa JA, Tuttle RM, Verburg FA, Wartofsky L, Führer D. European Perspective on 2015 American Thyroid Association Management Guidelines for Adult Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Differentiated Thyroid Cancer: Proceedings of an Interactive International Symposium. Thyroid. 2019 Jan; 29(1):7-26.
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  2. Seib CD, Sosa JA. Evolving Understanding of the Epidemiology of Thyroid Cancer. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2019 03; 48(1):23-35.
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  3. Dinan MA, Li Y, Reed SD, Sosa JA. INITIAL ADOPTION OF RECOMBINANT HUMAN THYROID-STIMULATING HORMONE FOLLOWING THYROIDECTOMY IN THE MEDICARE THYROID CANCER PATIENT POPULATION. Endocr Pract. 2019 Jan; 25(1):31-42.
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  4. Wang TS, Sosa JA. Thyroid surgery for differentiated thyroid cancer - recent advances and future directions. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2018 Nov; 14(11):670-683.
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  5. Kazaure HS, Sosa JA. Surgical Hypoparathyroidism. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2018 12; 47(4):783-796.
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  6. Kollitz EM, Kassotis CD, Hoffman K, Ferguson PL, Sosa JA, Stapleton HM. Chemical Mixtures Isolated from House Dust Disrupt Thyroid Receptor ß Signaling. Environ Sci Technol. 2018 Sep 25.
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  7. Sosa JA, Ljungqvist O. World Journal of Surgery Becomes the Official Publication of the ERAS Society. World J Surg. 2018 09; 42(9):2689-2690.
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  8. Sosa JA. Welcome New Associate Editor David Watson of Australia. World J Surg. 2018 08; 42(8):2284.
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  9. Symer MM, Abelson JS, Wong NZ, Mao J, Michelassi F, Bell R, Sosa JA, Yeo HL. Impact of Medical School Experience on Attrition From General Surgery Residency. J Surg Res. 2018 Dec; 232:7-14.
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  10. Shah MH, Goldner WS, Halfdanarson TR, Bergsland E, Berlin JD, Halperin D, Chan J, Kulke MH, Benson AB, Blaszkowsky LS, Eads J, Engstrom PF, Fanta P, Giordano T, He J, Heslin MJ, Kalemkerian GP, Kandeel F, Khan SA, Kidwai WZ, Kunz PL, Kuvshinoff BW, Lieu C, Pillarisetty VG, Saltz L, Sosa JA, Strosberg JR, Sussman CA, Trikalinos NA, Uboha NA, Whisenant J, Wong T, Yao JC, Burns JL, Ogba N, Zuccarino-Catania G. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Neuroendocrine and Adrenal Tumors, Version 2.2018. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Jun; 16(6):693-702.
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  11. Sosa JA. Welcome New Associate Editors Sandra Wong and Cheng Har Yip to the World Journal of Surgery. World J Surg. 2018 06; 42(6):1571-1572.
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  12. Zanocco K, Kaltman DJ, Wu JX, Fingeret A, Heller KS, Lee JA, Yeh MW, Sosa JA, Sturgeon C. Cost Effectiveness of Routine Laryngoscopy in the Surgical Treatment of Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Apr; 25(4):949-956.
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  13. Sosa JA. A Note from the New Editor in Chief. World J Surg. 2018 02; 42(2):315-316.
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  14. Hoang D, Broer N, Sosa JA, Abitbol N, Yao X, Li F, Rivera-Molina F, Toomre DK, Roman SA, Sue G, Kim S, Li AY, Callender GG, Simpson C, Narayan D. Leptin Is Produced by Parathyroid Glands and Stimulates Parathyroid Hormone Secretion. Ann Surg. 2017 12; 266(6):1075-1083.
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  15. Cox C, Bosley M, Southerland LB, Ahmadi S, Perkins J, Roman S, Sosa JA, Carneiro-Pla D. Lobectomy for treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer: can patients avoid postoperative thyroid hormone supplementation and be compliant with the American Thyroid Association guidelines? Surgery. 2018 01; 163(1):75-80.
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  16. Anderson KL, Thomas SM, Adam MA, Pontius LN, Stang MT, Scheri RP, Roman SA, Sosa JA. Each procedure matters: threshold for surgeon volume to minimize complications and decrease cost associated with adrenalectomy. Surgery. 2018 01; 163(1):157-164.
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  17. Kuzminski SJ, Sosa JA, Hoang JK. Update in Parathyroid Imaging. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2018 Feb; 26(1):151-166.
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  18. Pontius LN, Oyekunle TO, Thomas SM, Stang MT, Scheri RP, Roman SA, Sosa JA. Projecting Survival in Papillary Thyroid Cancer: A Comparison of the Seventh and Eighth Editions of the American Joint Commission on Cancer/Union for International Cancer Control Staging Systems in Two Contemporary National Patient Cohorts. Thyroid. 2017 11; 27(11):1408-1416.
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  19. Hoffman K, Lorenzo A, Butt CM, Hammel SC, Henderson BB, Roman SA, Scheri RP, Stapleton HM, Sosa JA. Exposure to flame retardant chemicals and occurrence and severity of papillary thyroid cancer: A case-control study. Environ Int. 2017 10; 107:235-242.
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  20. Adam MA, Thomas S, Roman SA, Hyslop T, Sosa JA. Rethinking the Current American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM Staging System for Medullary Thyroid Cancer. JAMA Surg. 2017 Sep 01; 152(9):869-876.
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