News, Special Recognition, and Awards

MCW Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology awarded best oral presentation (Resident/Fellow Research Award) at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES)

Ashley Cayo, MDAshley Cayo’s award-winning presentation was entitled:  “Predicting the Need for Calcium and Calcitriol Supplementation After Total Thyroidectomy:  Results of a Prospective Randomized Study”.

This work was conducted at MCW under the direction of Dr. Tracy Wang and demonstrated for the first time that a single serum level of PTH obtained on the morning following thyroid surgery can reliably identify those patients who do, and those patients who do not, require calcium and calcitriol (vitamin D) supplementation for transient postoperative hypoparathyroidism.  The prospective, randomized trial enrolled over 120 patients and will likely change how such patients are managed throughout the United states and beyond.  Thyroid surgery is very common and this work will reduce the use of unnecessary laboratory testing and accurately identify those patients at risk for symptomatic hypocalcemia.

The AAES Resident/Fellow Research Award was developed in 1990 and since that time, notable award winners have included:

  • Dr. Tina Yen in 2003, when a fellow at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ashley Cayo in 2006, as a medical student at the University of Wisconsin when working in the lab of Dr. Herb Chen (visiting professor at MCW this coming July)
  • Dr. Tracy Wang in 2007, when a fellow at Yale University

Dr. Cayo is the only individual in the world to have won this prestigious award for clinical research twice!

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