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Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Parangi is a busy endocrine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a particular interest and expertise in thyroid and parathyroid tumors. She focuses her clinical efforts on endocrine surgery and applies her basic science knowledge and expertise to tumor progression in thyroid cancer. She has been one of the Boston surgeons named in Best Doctor and her excellent in both research and her clinical expertise have earned her a national reputation. She has been a council member for The Association of Women Surgeons and the most prestigious organization of endocrine surgeons in the US, The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and a member of the American Thyroid Association. She has won numerous awards nationally and at Harvard Medical School for her NIH funded research in the role of BRAF oncoprotein in thyroid cancer invasion. Her active research focuses on understanding why some patients with thyroid cancer do worse than others and how to help them.
Dr. Parangi graduated from Barnard College and earned her medical degree from Columbia University. She completed her residency at UCSF during which time she completed a Fellowship in Molecular Medicine. She is one of a handful of thyroid surgeons with expertise in molecular biology and has over 70 publications, many on thyroid cancer therapeutics in premier journal. She has taught about thyroid cancer care at the Harvard Course “Advances in Cancer Management for the Surgeon” and about thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound at the American College of Surgeons.
She chose to become active in AWS because she feels there is still a large need in promoting women to leadership positions in academia and surgical organizations. Working with the AWS has allowed her to network with capable women from the medical student level all the way up to the president of the American College of Surgeons.