Five Thyroid Cancer Specialists Named to Medical Advisory Council of ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., is pleased to announce that five thyroid cancer specialists have been named to its Medical Advisory Council: Mark S. Chambers, D.M.D., M.S., Stephanie L. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Ernest L. Mazzaferri, M.D., Pamela Schultz, Ph.D., R.N., M.S., and Douglas Van Nostrand, M.D.

Dr. Chambers is Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Radiation Oncology and Deputy Chief of the Section of Oncologic Dentistry and Prosthodontics at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, where he focuses on oral complications associated with cancer therapy.

Dr. Lee is Director of the Endocrine Clinics at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University Medical School. A member of the American Thyroid Association’s Executive Council, she has conducted research on the low-iodine diet.

Dr. Mazzaferri is an endocrinologist who has specialized in thyroid cancer treatment and research for many years, first at Ohio State University Medical School and now at the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, Gainesville, Florida. He is a member of the Executive Council of the American Thyroid Association.

Dr. Schultz is Associate Professor of Nursing at New Mexico State University, where she conducts research on patients’ experiences with medullary thyroid cancer. Previously, she was Program Director for Endocrinology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Van Nostrand, Director of Nuclear Medicine at Washington Hospital Center, D.C., has served as Clinical Professor at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Editor of five books for physicians, he is also lead editor of the book “Thyroid Cancer: A Guide for Patients.”

All five specialists have been speakers at ThyCa’s annual international thyroid cancer survivors’ conferences.

“We are grateful to these distinguished individuals for accepting our invitation to join ThyCa’s Medical Advisory Council,” said Gary Bloom, ThyCa Board Chair and thyroid cancer survivor. “Our medical advisors provide valuable counsel to ThyCa and support our goals in education, treatment, and research.”

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc., is a national all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides a network of services and resources for thyroid cancer survivors and their families at no charge. ThyCa’s free services include local support groups coast to coast, nine e-mail support groups, person-to-person support, a free low-iodine cookbook, a free online newsletter, an award-winning educational web site, Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, and workshops and conferences.

For more information about thyroid cancer, ThyCa’s free year-round services and resources, and the workshops and conference, write to PO Box 1545, New York, NY 10159-1545, call toll-free 1-877-588-7904, e-mail to, or visit the ThyCa web site at