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. She also is a Professor of Medicine and Affiliated faculty of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

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 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 the American College of Surgeons, 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, 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. She is the current chair of the ATA practice guidelines committee for differentiated thyroid cancer.

Dr. Sosa has published more than 320 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 60 book chapters, and has authored/edited 7 books. She has been the recipient of grants from the NIH/NCI, FDA, Paget Foundation, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Donaghue Foundation, the American Geriatrics Association/Hartford Foundation, the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Fund, and industry.

Research Funding

  • September 1, 2019 - July 31, 2023 - A novel natural history study of medullary thyroid carcinoma: Incorporating the patient perspective to inform advanced disease management , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01FD006650
  • January 16, 2015 - February 28, 2017 - Single cell analysis of intratumoral heterogeneity in parathyroid neoplasia , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA192004

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

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
  • 2020
    Mentoring and Teaching Honor and Official Member of the Dept of Medicine, given by the residents and Women in Leadership Development (WILD) group to recognize outstanding teaching, mentoring and professionalism by a faculty member, UCSF, 1/24/20
  • 2020
    UCSF Muriel Steele Society Honor Roll, for mentorship and sponsorship of women faculty and learners
  • 2020
    Elected full Member, Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, American College of Surgeons

Selected Publications

  1. Randolph GW, Sosa JA, Hao Y, Angell TE, Shonka DC, LiVolsi VA, Ladenson PW, Blevins TC, Duh QY, Ghossein R, Harrell M, Patel KN, Shanik MH, Traweek ST, Walsh PS, Yeh MW, Abdelhamid Ahmed AH, Ho AS, Wong RJ, Klopper JP, Huang J, Kennedy GC, Kloos RT, Sadow PM. Preoperative Identification of Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC): Clinical Validation of the Afirma MTC RNA-Sequencing Classifier. Thyroid. 2022 09; 32(9):1069-1076.  View on PubMed
  2. Colley A, Finlayson E, Sosa JA, Wick E. "I wish someone had asked me earlier" - Perspectives on Advance Care Planning in Surgery. Ann Surg. 2022 Jul 18.  View on PubMed
  3. Ullmann TM, Adam MA, Sosa JA. Surgeon Volume and Outcomes in Primary Hyperparathyroidism-What Is Old Is New Again. JAMA Surg. 2022 07 01; 157(7):589.  View on PubMed
  4. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr Catherine Teh to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2022 Oct; 46(10):2284.  View on PubMed
  5. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr Hiroharu Yamashita to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2022 Oct; 46(10):2283.  View on PubMed
  6. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Christine Laronga to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2022 09; 46(9):2020.  View on PubMed
  7. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Professor Owen A Ung to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2022 09; 46(9):2018-2019.  View on PubMed
  8. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr George Rakovich to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2022 09; 46(9):2017.  View on PubMed
  9. Chou R, Dana T, Brent GA, Goldner W, Haymart M, Leung AM, Ringel MD, Sosa JA. Serum Thyroglobulin Measurement Following Surgery Without Radioactive Iodine for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer: A Systematic Review. Thyroid. 2022 06; 32(6):613-639.  View on PubMed
  10. Sosa JA, Roman SA. The Path to Academic Success: Perspectives of a LGBTQ+ Chairof Surgery. Am Surg. 2022 Dec; 88(12):2807-2809.  View on PubMed
  11. Kelly YM, Ward C, Zhang R, Syed S, Stock PG, Duh QY, Sosa JA, Koh J. Effects of Multi-stage Procurement on the Viability and Function of Human Donor Parathyroid Glands. J Surg Res. 2022 08; 276:404-415.  View on PubMed
  12. Hernandez S, Song S, Nnamani Silva ON, Anderson C, Kim AS, Campbell AR, Kim EH, Alseidi A, Wick EC, Sosa JA, Gosnell J, Lin MYC, Roman SA. Third year medical student knowledge gaps after a virtual surgical rotation. Am J Surg. 2022 07; 224(1 Pt B):366-370.  View on PubMed
  13. Roman S, Sosa JA. The Ombuds for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as an Essential Addition to the WJS Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2022 05; 46(5):973-975.  View on PubMed
  14. Sosa JA. Welcome Adam Gyedu of Ghana as a New Associate Editor at the World Journal of Surgery. World J Surg. 2022 05; 46(5):976.  View on PubMed
  15. Chou R, Dana T, Haymart M, Leung AM, Tufano RP, Sosa JA, Ringel MD. Active Surveillance Versus Thyroid Surgery for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer: A Systematic Review. Thyroid. 2022 04; 32(4):351-367.  View on PubMed
  16. Pasqual E, Sosa JA, Chen Y, Schonfeld SJ, Berrington de González A, Kitahara CM. Trends in the Management of Localized Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in the United States (2000-2018). Thyroid. 2022 04; 32(4):397-410.  View on PubMed
  17. Chao GF, Zakrison TL, Oyetunji S, Gaston-Hawkins L, Sosa JA, Joseph B, Lindeman B. Underrepresented in medicine: Making surgical training anti-racist. Am J Surg. 2022 07; 224(1 Pt B):302-306.  View on PubMed
  18. Conroy PC, Calthorpe L, Lin JA, Mohamedaly S, Kim A, Hirose K, Nakakura E, Corvera C, Sosa JA, Sarin A, Kirkwood KS, Alseidi A, Adam MA. ASO Visual Abstract: Determining Hospital Volume Threshold for the Safety of Minimally Invasive Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Contemporary Cutpoint Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Jan 15.  View on PubMed
  19. Heiderscheit EA, Schlick CJR, Ellis RJ, Cheung EO, Irizarry D, Amortegui D, Eng J, Sosa JA, Hoyt DB, Buyske J, Nasca TJ, Bilimoria KY, Hu YY. Experiences of LGBTQ+ Residents in US General Surgery Training Programs. JAMA Surg. 2022 01 01; 157(1):23-32.  View on PubMed
  20. Conroy PC, Calthorpe L, Lin JA, Mohamedaly S, Kim A, Hirose K, Nakakura E, Corvera C, Sosa JA, Sarin A, Kirkwood KS, Alseidi A, Adam MA. Determining Hospital Volume Threshold for Safety of Minimally Invasive Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Contemporary Cutpoint Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 Mar; 29(3):1566-1574.  View on PubMed

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