Steven Hodak, MD

  • Specialty: Endocrinology
  • Language: English

About Me

I’ve always gravitated toward medicine, even in high school, when I was fascinated by physiology, which is the study of how the body works. I chose to specialize in endocrinology because of my particular interest in the role of hormones—molecules made by glands, including the pituitary and thyroid. Hormones carry messages to organs about numerous body functions, from converting food into energy to our response to stress.

My specialty is in diagnosing and treating people with pituitary and adrenal disorders, thyroid cancer, and bone and calcium conditions, such as osteoporosis and hyperparathyroidism.

The pituitary is often called the “master gland,” because of its control of the thyroid, testes, ovaries, adrenal glands, and more. I specialize in treating pituitary disorders. These include Cushing syndrome, in which there is an overproduction of cortisol, as well as acromegaly, in which there is an overproduction of growth hormone, and hyperprolactinemia and prolactinoma, or the overproduction of prolactin.

Though thyroid nodules are common, thyroid cancer is not. Using methods such as fine needle aspiration biopsy and advanced molecular genetic tests, many of which I have helped to develop, we have significantly improved our ability to diagnose, manage, and observe the growth of thyroid cancer, especially when the cancer would otherwise be undetectable.

I am a national expert in molecular thyroid diagnosis, which can determine which nodules have a very low risk of containing thyroid cancer, dramatically reducing the need for diagnostic thyroid surgery. This method can also help us identify the genetic makeup of thyroid cancer cells, ensuring the best possible match between the treatment and the specific type of gene it’s targeting.

I also treat patients with low bone mass and osteoporosis who have an increased risk of fracture. Whether this is caused by a correctable condition or simply due to aging, appropriate diagnosis and treatment can dramatically reduce the risk for potentially devastating fractures of the hip and spine that can lead to loss of mobility or even death.

My patients are my top priority, and I am dedicated to providing accessible and compassionate treatment to prevent the condition from diminishing your quality of life, both now and in the future.


Conditions and Treatments

thyroid cancer, thyroid nodule, thyroid diseases, pituitary disorders, multiple endocrine neoplasia, prolactinoma, cushing's syndrome, acromegaly, metabolic bone disease, graves' disease, adrenal gland disorders, pheochromocytoma, diabetes insipidus, adrenal tumor, hyperthyroidism, neuroendocrine tumor, autoimmune thyroid disease, pituitary tumor, hypopituitarism, osteoporosis, calcium disorders, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, parathyroid disease
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Adrenal Tumors, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism

Credentials

Positions

  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Assoc Dir of Clinical Aff, Div of Endocrinology
  • Director, Medicine Faculty Group Practice
  • Director, Glycemic Control at Tisch Hos
  • Chief, Endocrinology at Tisch Hospital

Board Certifications

    2005
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism)
    2004
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine

Education and Training

  • 2014
  • MD from Georgetown University
  • 2005
  • Fellowship, Georgetown University Hospital, No Value Specified
  • 2003
  • Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, Endocrinology & Metabolism

Departments

Locations and Appointments

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New York, NY 10016

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“My research focuses on the creation of genetic tests to better diagnose and treat people with thyroid cancer.”

Steven Hodak, MD , Endocrinologist

My Research

My research focuses on the use of molecular diagnostic methods to improve thyroid cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Hodaks clinical research focuses on the use of molecular genetic tools to improve diagnostic yield of thyroid nodule fine-needle aspiration biopsies. These novel techniques allow better risk stratification of thyroid cancer patients and identify those thyroid nodules most likely to be benign so they may be followed conservatively without surgery. These important molecular tools spare many patients from unnecessary thyroid surgery, and minimize associated human and economic costs. Dr. Hodak has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in this field, performs hundreds of thyroid fine-needle biopsies annually, and has developed patient databases and tissue biorepositories required for successful translational research. Through his work, Dr. Hodak has become nationally recognized in the field of thyroid cancer and molecular diagnostics, serving on professional committees and speaking widely. He has been a past thyroid section chair for the Endocrine Society's Clinical Endocrinology Update Steering Committee and continues to serve on the American Thyroid Association Clinical Affairs Committee where he authored that groups position statement regarding clinical use of molecular genetic testing for thyroid cancer diagnosis. He is a Best Doctor in New York and has been recognized annually as one of Americas Best Doctors for over a decade.

Keywords:

thyroid nodule, thyroid cancer, molecular diagnosis, genetic testing, ThyroSeq, Afirma

Publications

  • Surgeon volume and adequacy of thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer

    Adkisson, Cameron D; Howell, Gina M; McCoy, Kelly L; Armstrong, Michaele J; Kelley, Meghan L; Stang, Michael T; Joyce, Judith M; Hodak, Steven P; Carty, Sally E; Yip, Linwah 2014 Dec; 1453-1460, Surgery — id: 1370692, year: 2014, page: 1453, stat: Journal Article
  • PAX8/PPARgamma Rearrangement in Thyroid Nodules Predicts Follicular-Pattern Carcinomas, in Particular the Encapsulated Follicular Variant of Papillary Carcinoma

    Armstrong, Michaele J; Huaitao, Yang; Yip, Linwah; Ohori, Paul N; McCoy, Kelly L; Stang, Michael T; Hodak, Steven P; Nikiforova, Marina N; Carty, Sally E; Nikiforov, Yuri E 2014 May; 1369-1374, Thyroid — id: 957782, year: 2014, page: 1369, stat: JOURNAL ARTICLE
  • Identification of the transforming STRN-ALK fusion as a potential therapeutic target in the aggressive forms of thyroid cancer

    Kelly, Lindsey M; Barila, Guillermo; Liu, Pengyuan; Evdokimova, Viktoria N; Trivedi, Sumita; Panebianco, Federica; Gandhi, Manoj; Carty, Sally E; Hodak, Steven P; Luo, Jianhua; Dacic, Sanja; Yu, Yan P; Nikiforova, Marina N; Ferris, Robert L; Altschuler, Daniel L; Nikiforov, Yuri E 2014 Mar; 4233-4238, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) — id: 871472, year: 2014, page: 4233, stat: Journal Article
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