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: FDA, Sponsor Award ID: R01FD006650
  • January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016 - Single cell analysis of intratumoral heterogeneity in parathyroid neoplasia, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA192004
  • 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: FDA, Sponsor Award ID: R01FD006650
  • January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016 - Single cell analysis of intratumoral heterogeneity in parathyroid neoplasia, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, 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. Ramirez JL, Zahner GJ, Arya S, Grenon SM, Gasper WJ, Sosa JA, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC Patients with Depression Are Less Likely to Go Home After Critical Limb Revascularization.  View on PubMed
  2. Wick EC, Sosa JA All Surgeons Are in This Together.  View on PubMed
  3. Kassotis CD, Herkert NJ, Hammel SC, Hoffman K, Xia Q, Kullman SW, Sosa JA, Stapleton HM Thyroid Receptor Antagonism of Chemicals Extracted from Personal Silicone Wristbands within a Papillary Thyroid Cancer Pilot Study.  View on PubMed
  4. Major-Pedersen A, McCullen MK, Sabol ME, Adetunji O, Massaro J, Neugut AI, Sosa JA, Hollenberg AN A joint industry-sponsored data monitoring committee model for observational, retrospective drug safety studies in the real-world setting.  View on PubMed
  5. Kim J, Graves CE, Jin C, Duh QY, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Sosa JA, Roman SA Intraoperative nerve monitoring is associated with a lower risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury: A national analysis of 17,610 patients.  View on PubMed
  6. Nnamani Silva ON, Campbell AR, Roman SA, Sosa JA, Lin MYC, O'Sullivan PS Students are watching: They see how surgical residents and attendings deal with difficult situations.  View on PubMed
  7. Mummaneni PV, Burke JF, Chan AK, Sosa JA, Lobo EP, Mummaneni VP, Antrum S, Berven SH, Conte MS, Doernberg SB, Goldberg AN, Hess CP, Hetts SW, Josephson SA, Kohi MP, Ma CB, Mahadevan VS, Molinaro AM, Murr AH, Narayana S, Roberts JP, Stoller ML, Theodosopoulos PV, Vail TP, Wienholz S, Gropper MA, Green A, Berger MS Consensus-based perioperative protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.  View on PubMed
  8. Lawton BR, Martineau C, Sosa JA, Roman S, Gibson CE, Levine MA, Krause DS Differentiation of PTH-Expressing Cells From Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.  View on PubMed
  9. Sosa JA Editorial.  View on PubMed
  10. Lancaster EM, Wu B, Iannuzzi J, Oskowitz A, Gasper W, Vartanian S, Wick E, Hiramoto J, Eichler C, Lobo E, Reyzelman A, Reilly L, Sosa JA, Conte MS Impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on an academic vascular practice and a multidisciplinary limb preservation program.  View on PubMed
  11. Hernandez S, Nnamani Silva ON, Lin MYC, Kim EH, Sosa JA, Campbell AR, O'Sullivan PS, Roman SA Near-Peer Learning During the Surgical Clerkship: A Way to Facilitate Learning After a 15-Month Preclinical Curriculum.  View on PubMed
  12. Sosa JA Editorial: Doubling Down on Diversity in the Wake of the #MedBikini Controversy.  View on PubMed
  13. Shen WT, Sosa JA Gratitude and Good Outcomes: Rediscovering Positivity and Perspective in an Uncertain Time.  View on PubMed
  14. Wick EC, Pierce L, Conte MC, Sosa JA Operationalizing the Operating Room: Ensuring Appropriate Surgical Care in the Era of COVID-19.  View on PubMed
  15. Collins C, Mahuron K, Bongiovanni T, Lancaster E, Sosa JA, Wick E Stress and the Surgical Resident in the COVID-19 Pandemic.  View on PubMed
  16. Sosa JA When the World Around Changes While you are Doing Great Science.  View on PubMed
  17. Kitahara CM, Preston DL, Sosa JA, Berrington de Gonzalez A Association of Radioactive Iodine, Antithyroid Drug, and Surgical Treatments With Solid Cancer Mortality in Patients With Hyperthyroidism.  View on PubMed
  18. Jain M, Duh QY, Hirose R, Sosa JA, Suh I A model for the institutional adoption of innovative surgical techniques.  View on PubMed
  19. Sosa JA Editorial.  View on PubMed
  20. Fathi AH, Romanyshyn J, Barati M, Choudhury U, Chen A, Sosa JA Predicting Aggressive Behavior in Nonfunctional Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors With Emphasis on Tumor Size Significance and Survival Trends: A Population-Based Analysis of 1787 Patients.  View on PubMed

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