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 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's Experience in Thyroid Surgery
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.
The Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center: A better model for thyroid cancer care.
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 diseases and thyroid cancer. 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's Awards and Credentials
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 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 22, 15, and 7.
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Norman Parathyroid Center: An Amazing Partnership
For high calcium and parathyroid disease where abnormal parathyroid glands require surgical removal, Dr. Clayman’s 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. Dr. Clayman does not remove parathyroid glands. In his surgery, he saves parathyroid glands. Therefore, he seeks to refer patients with high calcium and parathyroid disease to the Norman Parathyroid center. You can view Dr. Norman’s website parathyroid.com here.