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Julie Ann Sosa, M.D., M.A., FACS

Julie Ann Sosa, M.D., M.A., FACS

Chair, Department of Surgery
Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery

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  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D., 1994
  • Junior Resident, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1995 - 1996
  • Senior Resident, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1998 - 1999
  • Halsted Chief Resident, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, 2000 - 2001
  • Specialist Registrar, John Radcliffe And Churchill Hospitals, University Of Oxford, Johns Hopkins University, 2000 - 2000
  • American Board of Surgery

Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS is professor and chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery and holds the Leon Goldman, MD, Distinguished Professorship in Surgery. 

Dr. Sosa was born in Montreal and raised in upstate New York. She received her AB at Princeton, her MA at Oxford, and her MD at Johns Hopkins, where she also completed the Halsted residency program and a fellowship. Her clinical interest is in endocrine surgery, with a focus in thyroid cancer. She is widely published in outcomes analysis, as well as cost-effectiveness analysis, meta-analysis, and survey-based research.

Dr. Sosa is the newly elected editor in chief of the World Journal of Surgery, having served previously as deputy editor of JAMA-Surgery and associate editor of the Journal of Surgical Research. She is on the editorial boards of the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Endocrine, Hormones and Cancer, Journal of Thyroid Research, and the International Journal of Endocrine Oncology. She is Treasurer of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) and serves on the Board of Directors/Executive Council of the ATA, Society of Surgical Oncology, International Thyroid Oncology Group, and Association for Academic Surgery Foundation. She has served on ATA guidelines committees for hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer, and on the NCCN guidelines committee for neuroendocrine tumors. 

Dr. Sosa has published more than 280 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 50 book chapters, and has authored/edited 4 books. She has been the recipient of grants from the NIH/NCI, Paget Foundation, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Donaghue Foundation, the American Geriatrics Association/Hartford Foundation, and the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Fund.

  • Woman of the Year in Thyroidology, American Thyroid Association, 2017
  • Lewis E. Braverman Distinguished Lectureship Award, American Thyroid Association, 2017
  • Invited International Visitor, Younger Fellows Section, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Bris, 2016
  • Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Class of 2016, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumna Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
  • Association for Academic Surgery International Visiting Professorship Award, co-sponsored by the AAS, 2010
  • Dennis Jahnigen Career Development Scholar Award, American Geriatrics Society, 2006
  • JJ Roslyn Faculty Research Award from the Assn. for Academic Surgery, 2005
  • John G. Haddad, Jr. Award, Paget Foundation, 2004
  • Resident of the Year Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Srgery, 2001
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons' Resident Prize, Orlando, FL, American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, 1998
  • Helen B. Taussig-Alfred Blalock Research Prize for the best clinical research by a house officer or, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1998
  • 1998 Baltimore Academy of Surgery Resident Prize, 1998
  • Upjohn Award for the best clinical research by a member of the surgical housestaff, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1997
  • William Stewart Halsted Award: for outstanding performance in the surgical sciences, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, 1994
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1994
  • Richard A. Lester Award: for the outstanding book published in industrial relations and labor econom, 1990
  • Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship: supporting two years of graduate study at Oxfo, Oxford University, 1988
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Dr. Sosa has served as principal investigator on a number of therapeutic and correlative clinical trials, largely centered around the development of novel small molecule therapies for advanced thyroid cancer and understanding environmental risk factors for the development of the disease. She has mentored more than 70 students, residents, and fellows, and has made surgical education a focus of her science, co-directing the multi-year, prospective National Study of Expectations and Attitudes of Residents in Surgery (NEARS) in conjunction with the American Board of Surgery.

Research Protocols

"Automated isolation of single cells using high-resolution and subcellular imaging"
"The association of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and papillary thyroid carcinoma"
"The genetics of endocrine neoplasia registry (GENR): A registry for patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma"

Most recent publications from a total of 263
  1. Adam MA, Thomas S, Youngwirth L, Hyslop T, Reed SD, Scheri RP, Roman SA, Sosa JA. Reply to: "Surgeon Volume Threshold for Total Thyroidectomy". Ann Surg. 2018 Apr; 267(4):e78-e79. View in PubMed
  2. Koh J, Hogue JA, Roman SA, Scheri RP, Fradin H, Corcoran DL, Sosa JA. Transcriptional profiling reveals distinct classes of parathyroid tumors in PHPT. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2018 Apr; 25(4):407-420. View in PubMed
  3. Symer MM, Abelson JS, Yeo HL, Sosa JA, Rosenthal MZ. The Surgical Personality: Does Surgery Resident Motivation Predict Attrition? J Am Coll Surg. 2018 Mar 03. View in PubMed
  4. Anderson KL, Adam MA, Thomas SM, Youngwirth L, Stang MT, Scheri RP, Roman SA, Sosa JA. Impact of Micro- and Macroscopically Positive Surgical Margins on Survival after Resection of Adrenocortical Carcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 May; 25(5):1425-1431. View in PubMed
  5. Yeo HL, Abelson JS, Symer MM, Mao J, Michelassi F, Bell R, Sedrakyan A, Sosa JA. Association of Time to Attrition in Surgical Residency With Individual Resident and Programmatic Factors. JAMA Surg. 2018 Feb 21. View in PubMed
  6. Zanocco K, Kaltman DJ, Wu JX, Fingeret A, Heller KS, Lee JA, Yeh MW, Sosa JA, Sturgeon C. Cost Effectiveness of Routine Laryngoscopy in the Surgical Treatment of Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Apr; 25(4):949-956. View in PubMed
  7. Sosa JA. A Note from the New Editor in Chief. World J Surg. 2018 02; 42(2):315-316. View in PubMed
  8. Liu JB, Sosa JA, Grogan RH, Liu Y, Cohen ME, Ko CY, Hall BL. Variation of Thyroidectomy-Specific Outcomes Among Hospitals and Their Association With Risk Adjustment and Hospital Performance. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jan 17; 153(1):e174593. View in PubMed
  9. Koh J, Hogue JA, Sosa JA. Live-Cell Visualization of Calcium Flux in Vibratome-Cut Thick Sections of Viable Tumor Tissue. Curr Protoc Cell Biol. 2017 Dec 11; 77:4.34.1-4.34.16. View in PubMed
  10. Hoang D, Broer N, Sosa JA, Abitbol N, Yao X, Li F, Rivera-Molina F, Toomre DK, Roman SA, Sue G, Kim S, Li AY, Callender GG, Simpson C, Narayan D. Leptin Is Produced by Parathyroid Glands and Stimulates Parathyroid Hormone Secretion. Ann Surg. 2017 12; 266(6):1075-1083. View in PubMed
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