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. Lin JA, Pierce L, Murray SG, Soleimani H, Wick EC, Sosa JA, Hirose K. Estimation of Surgical Resident Duty Hours and Workload in Real Time Using Electronic Health Record Data. J Surg Educ. 2021 Sep 07.  View on PubMed
  2. Yap A, Hope TA, Graves CE, Kluijfhout W, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Sosa JA, Roman SA, Duh QY, Suh I. A cost-utility analysis of 18F-fluorocholine-positron emission tomography imaging for localizing primary hyperparathyroidism in the United States. Surgery. 2021 Jul 31.  View on PubMed
  3. Hernandez S, Nnamani Silva ON, Conroy P, Weiser L, Thompson A, Mohamedaly S, Coe TM, Alseidi A, Campbell AR, Sosa JA, Gosnell J, Lin MYC, Roman SA. Bursting the Hidden Curriculum Bubble: A Surgical Near-Peer Mentorship Pilot Program for URM Medical Students. J Surg Educ. 2021 Jul 24.  View on PubMed
  4. Graves CE, Hope TA, Kim J, Pampaloni MH, Kluijfhout W, Seib CD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Roman SA, Sosa JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Superior sensitivity of 18F-fluorocholine: PET localization in primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2021 Jul 20.  View on PubMed
  5. Barreto SG, Roman S, Sosa JA. Inspirational Women in Surgery Around the Globe: A WJS Tribute. World J Surg. 2021 Sep; 45(9):2633.  View on PubMed
  6. Koh J, Zhang R, Roman S, Duh QY, Gosnell J, Shen W, Suh I, Sosa JA. Ex vivo intact tissue analysis reveals alternative calcium-sensing behaviors in parathyroid adenomas. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021 Jul 17.  View on PubMed
  7. Shojaie D, Hoffman AS, Amaku R, Cabanillas ME, Sosa JA, Waguespack SG, Zafereo ME, Hu MI, Grubbs EE. Decision Making When Cancer Becomes Chronic: Needs Assessment for a Web-Based Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma Patient Decision Aid. JMIR Form Res. 2021 Jul 16; 5(7):e27484.  View on PubMed
  8. Chomsky-Higgins Menut K, Pearlstein SS, Conroy PC, Roman SA, Shen WT, Gosnell J, Sosa JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Screening for primary aldosteronism in the hypertensive obstructive sleep apnea population is cost-saving. Surgery. 2021 Jul 05.  View on PubMed
  9. Yap A, Shui A, Gosnell J, Huang CY, Sosa JA, Roman S. Accuracy of the Lymph Node Yield in Surgery for Papillary Thyroid Cancer in Children. World J Surg. 2021 10; 45(10):3092-3098.  View on PubMed
  10. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Masato Nagino to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 07; 45(7):1968.  View on PubMed
  11. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Tamara Fitzgerald to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 07; 45(7):1970.  View on PubMed
  12. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Professor Kathryn Chu to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 07; 45(7):1969.  View on PubMed
  13. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Ross Roberts to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 06; 45(6):1621.  View on PubMed
  14. Sosa JA. Announcement from the Editor in Chief. World J Surg. 2021 06; 45(6):1617.  View on PubMed
  15. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Kuo to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 07; 45(7):1967.  View on PubMed
  16. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Julie Miller to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 06; 45(6):1620.  View on PubMed
  17. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Dr. Liane Feldman to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 06; 45(6):1619.  View on PubMed
  18. Sosa JA. The World Journal of Surgery Welcomes Professor Shmuel Avital to the Editorial Board. World J Surg. 2021 06; 45(6):1618.  View on PubMed
  19. Ramirez JL, Lopez J, Sanders K, Schneider PA, Gasper WJ, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. Understanding value and patient complexity among common inpatient vascular surgery procedures. J Vasc Surg. 2021 Apr 19.  View on PubMed
  20. Weiser L, Nnamani Silva ON, Thompson A, Hernandez S, Kelly YM, Kim EH, Campbell AR, Sosa JA, Gosnell J, Alseidi A, Lin MYC, Roman SA. Paying it forward: A pilot program for near-peer support for medical students during the surgery clerkship. Am J Surg. 2021 09; 222(3):501-503.  View on PubMed

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