Dr. Gary Clayman

Gary Clayman, MD. Thyroid cancer surgery expert. 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 17 years.

Dr. Clayman has performed more than four hundred thyroid cancer operations per year for over twenty 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 left the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in the fall of 2016 to form the Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. The Clayman Thyoid Cancer Center was developed through a partnership with Tampa General Hospital where Dr Clayman now serves as the Director of the Thyroid Cancer 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 Cancer 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 17 consecutive years, U.S. News and World Reports Top Doctors for 12 consecutive years, and Best Doctors in America for 16 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.

Atlas of Head & Neck Cancer Surgery by Dr Gary Clayman, MD 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 has 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 and has three incredible children ages 21, 15, and 6.

Dr. Rashmi Roy

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 just welcomed their first child in January 2018.


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Thyroid Surgery - The best approach

Our approach to thyroid surgery at the Clayman Thyroid Surgery and Thyroid Cancer Center at the Thyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital is, what we believe to be, the “best approach” and certainly the only way we approach thyroid surgery. There is never a student, resident or fellow involved in your operation in any manner. All thyroid surgery is performed by two (yes two!) highly experienced and accomplished thyroid surgeons skilled in thyroid cancer surgery and all other types of thyroid surgery. Our thyroid surgeons perform only thyroid operations. We do nothing else! We never remove a tonsil or put tubes in baby’s ears, or take out an appendix or a gall bladder. We do only one thing and that is thyroid surgery. We don’t even remove parathyroid tumors. (We only save parathyroid glands).

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.

Quick Facts

We have perfected our approach to thyroid surgery

  • Our 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.
  • 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. Many 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). Follow the following link to learn more about questions to ask your surgeon. Questions to ask your surgeon.

Norman Parathyroid Center: An Amazing Partnership

For high calcium and parathyroid disease where abnormal parathyroid glands require surgical removal, our partners and colleagues at the Norman Parathyroid Center 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 the Norman Parathyroid center. You can view Dr. Norman’s website parathyroid.com here.


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