Dr. Gary Clayman
Dr. Gary Clayman is one of the most experienced thyroid surgeons and arguably the most experienced thyroid cancer surgeon in the world. Dr. Clayman is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society. For the past 27 years, Dr. Clayman was the leading head and neck thyroid surgeon at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he served as the Distinguished Chair of Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery since 2003. Dr. Clayman has limited his practice to thyroid and thyroid cancer surgery for more than 23 years.
Dr. Clayman has performed more than four hundred thyroid cancer operations per year for over twenty three years among patients ranging from 6 months to 100+ years of age. Nearly half of Dr. Clayman’s patients have undergone failed initial surgery for their thyroid cancer by another surgeon or have recurrent, persistent, or aggressive thyroid cancer. If it pertains to thyroid surgery or thyroid cancer, there is likely nothing that he hasn’t seen. Dr. Clayman has also written the Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery which is used by residents and fellows across the globe in their endocrine surgery training. What patients say about their surgeons is also important. See our reviews and 5 star ratings on Healthgrades as well as our many reviews on Google. Dr. Clayman and our surgeons at the Clayman Thyroid Center are very high volume surgeons. All that we do is thyroid surgery at a level of safety and quality that is without competitors. Many describe "high volume surgeons" as more than 100 operations per year. Although we care for our patients so that they feel like they are our only patients, Dr. Clayman cares for more than this "high volume" classification in almost every month, not in one year. Volume in thyroid surgery predicts lack of complications in thyroid surgery and cure of thyroid cancer, not achieved by lower volume surgeons. To our knowledge, no other thyroid surgeons in the United States have similar experience.
Dr. Clayman left the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in the fall of 2016 to form the Clayman Thyroid Center in Tampa, Florida. The Clayman Thyoid Center was developed through a partnership with Tampa General Hospital where Dr Clayman now serves as the Director of the Thyroid Center. By joining forces with the Norman Parathyroid Center -- the world's number one center for parathyroid surgery, Dr Clayman has help establish the first interdisciplinary institute dedicated solely to the evaluation and surgical management of thyroid cancer and thyroid diseases. The Thyroid and Parathyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital takes up the entire 6th floor of this large, award winning hospital recognized nationally for exceptional care.
Dr Clayman is a member of more than 22 prestigious medical societies including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Head and Neck Society, American Thyroid Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, American Association for Cancer Research, American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Clayman has received some 35 honors and awards over his career. He has been named to America’s Top Doctors for 19 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Reports Top Doctors for 14 consecutive years, and Best Doctors in America for 18 consecutive years. For his entire career, he has been extensively funded through the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Health (NIH) in his pursuit of a greater understanding of the genetic events that regulate thyroid cancers. He has 5 current patents and has published more than 217 peer reviewed publications. He has published 35 books chapters and books. His book, The Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery, published in 2011, is considered the standard in training of resident and fellows in head and neck endocrine surgery. Dr. Clayman serves on the editorial board of 8 scholarly journals. A full copy of Dr Clayman's curriculum vitae (resume) is available here.
Dr. Clayman has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of surgical management of thyroid cancer from minimally invasive to aggressive thyroid cancer and the evaluation and management of recurrent or persistent thyroid cancer. He has been invited to speak at the American College of Surgeons, American Thyroid Association, American Head and Neck Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists on many occasions. He developed and maintained the course in Current Concepts in Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease since 2003 which is attended nationally by surgeons and endocrinologists, alike. Dr. Clayman has never had a malpractice claim in his entire career. Dr. Clayman is married to his wife, Miky and has three incredible children ages 23, 17, and 8.
Dr. Rashmi Roy
Dr. Rashmi Roy was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She attended The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she graduated with honors in 2001. Dr. Roy then returned to New York, where she received her medical degree from New York Medical College in 2005. She went on to complete a 5-year residency in General Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center.
During her residency, Dr. Roy became extremely interested in thyroid surgery and very involved with clinical research in the field of thyroid cancer. After completing her general surgical residency, she returned to The Johns Hopkins Hospital for a 1-year fellowship in Endocrine Surgery. Dr. Roy published her ongoing research on thyroid cancer in surgical journals, presented her work at national meetings, and authored several chapters in the field of Endocrine Surgery.
Since 2011, Dr. Roy lead the thyroid surgery program at Penn Medicine – Princeton Medical Center in Princeton, NJ. She had a thriving, very high volume thyroid surgery practice where she provided the highest level of care to her patients. She also served as an Assistant Professor in Surgery at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Roy served as the Chair of the Cancer Committee at the Princeton Medical Center.
Dr. Roy’s passion and expertise are in the pathophysiology and surgical techniques of the thyroid. After 7 years of practice, she decided to join The Clayman Thyroid Surgery and Thyroid Cancer Center to help provide the highest caliber care to patients in need of thyroid surgery.
Dr. Roy is a board-certified surgeon by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). She is a very active member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES). Dr. Roy and her husband, Clint have a child born in January 2018.
Dr. Nathaniel J. Walsh
Dr. Walsh was raised in Tampa, FL for almost his entire life. He completed the Honors Program at the University of Florida in his undergraduate training. He graduated with dual BS/BA degrees. He then received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Walsh went on to complete his General Surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University Medical Center. During his training, he became very interested in Endocrine Surgery, particularly thyroid surgery and focused upon this during the remaining of his year in training. Dr. Walsh then completed a year long Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery fellowship at Augusta University Medical Center. He has authored or co-authored multiple peer- reviewed publications and book chapters. He has presented at regional and national meetings. He also serves as a reviewer for two journals, Head & Neck and Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Walsh has a passion for cutting edge thyroid surgery. After practicing in Florida following his training, he was afforded the opportunity to join the Clayman Thyroid Center to pursue this passion exclusively. He provides the most up to date, modern treatment for thyroid disease. Dr. Walsh is an exquisitely talented and experienced thyroid surgeon and is highly sought to provide excellence in thyroid surgery care for patients.
Dr. Walsh is board- certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is married to his lovely wife Alyson, and they have two children. Outside of medicine, Dr. Walsh enjoys working out, running, fishing, golf, snow & water skiing, basketball, and soccer. He grew up playing sports and has always loved following them, especially the Florida Gators.
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Thyroid Surgery - The best approach
This team approach of two highly experience thyroid surgeons in every operation is a tremendous patient benefit. Our least experienced thyroid surgeon in any operation has performed at least three thousand thyroid operations. In thyroid surgery, experience means everything. Your least experienced thyroid surgeon in your operation in our Center, is still one of the most experienced thyroid surgeons in the world!
It is estimated that nearly 250,000 patients per year undergo some type of thyroid operation annually in the United States. Unfortunately, almost 90% of these operations are performed by surgeons that perform 10 or less thyroid surgery operations per year. This is a truly terrifying statistic. The critical nerves of the voice box that control sensation and movement of the vocal cords must be identified and preserved in every thyroid operation. In addition, the parathyroid glands that control calcium in the body, must also be identified and spared. Although many different surgeons have been “trained” in thyroid surgery, volume of experience is everything. Never consider any thyroid surgery a “simple” or “easy” surgery. The concept that a thyroid operation is a “minor” surgery is erroneous. Thyroid surgery is most frequently small and minimally invasive, but that does not mean it is minor.
Thyroid surgery is an art form! All of the critical structures identified and spared in thyroid operations include the jugular vein, carotid artery, recurrent laryngeal nerve, external branch of the superior laryngeal nerve, and the upper and lower parathyroid glands.
We have perfected our approach to thyroid surgery
- All of the Clayman Thyroid Center surgeons perform more than 600 operations per year! The average thyroid surgeon in the United States performs less than 10 operations per year.Our thyroid surgeons expertly complete more successful thyroid operations in a year than 90% of thyroid surgeons will accomplish during their entire careers.
- All patients amenable to minimally invasive surgery undergo minimally invasive thyroid surgery.
- We do neck dissections for thyroid cancer every day.
- The neck dissection for thyroid cancer is different than the neck dissection for any other type of head and neck cancer.
- If only half of your thyroid gland is removed, you will be able to leave the hospital approximately two hours after your operation. All other patients stay only overnight with rare exceptions.
Editors note: Patients have to ask the right questions and be their own best advocate. Nearly 50% of patients with thyroid cancer will never know they have a thyroid cancer until they have undergone their first thyroid operation (and often times the wrong operation). Meaning, many patients undergoing thyroid surgery for presumed benign disease, in fact have thyroid cancer. Even more pointing, Hundahl et al. published in Cancer, 1998, 11% of patients with known thyroid cancer continued to have thyroid cancer found in their neck following their initial thyroid cancer operation. Choose your surgeon carefully. You only want to have one operation. Follow the following link to learn more about questions to ask your surgeon. Questions to ask your surgeon.
For high calcium and parathyroid disease where abnormal parathyroid glands require surgical removal, our surgical colleagues of the Parathyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital are the global leaders in the evaluation and surgical management of parathyroid disease and are the only individuals that he recommends to manage this disease. We do not remove parathyroid glands. We refer patients with high calcium and parathyroid disease to our surgeons within the Parathyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital. Last updated by Dr. Gary Clayman on October 7, 2019.