Steven Hodak, MD

  • Specialty: Endocrinology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-481-1350
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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 that are made by glands and carry messages to organs about numerous body functions. One of the most important glands is the thyroid, which is a butterfly-shaped gland in the base of the neck that controls all the metabolic processes of the body.

My specialty is in diagnosing and treating people who have thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. Though thyroid nodules are common, thyroid cancer is not. Knowing how to distinguish the small number of nodules that are cancerous from the much larger number that are benign is therefore very important.

I am a national expert in molecular thyroid diagnosis, which tests DNA and RNA in thyroid nodule cells to determine which nodules have a very low or high risk of containing thyroid cancer. These tests are done after fine needle aspiration biopsy, which is a nearly painless procedure used to obtain thyroid cells.

By looking at the cells under a microscope and using molecular diagnostic tests, we can determine whether thyroid surgery is absolutely necessary or observation—keeping an eye on the nodules—is more appropriate. Molecular diagnostics can also help us to identify the genetic makeup of thyroid cancer cells, ensuring the best possible match between treatment and the specific genes that make cancers grow.

My expertise in fine needle aspiration biopsy and advanced molecular genetic tests, many of which I helped to develop, has significantly improved our ability to diagnose and treat people who have thyroid cancer, especially when the cancer would otherwise be undetectable.

I work with an amazing multidisciplinary team of surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and oncologists. Together, we provide world-class care for people who have problems that range from simple thyroid nodules to the most complex type of thyroid cancer.

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 nodule, cortisol, diabetes insipidus, growth disorder, testosterone disorder, hyponatremia, hyperprolactinemia, acromegaly, adrenal insufficiency, hypoparathyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, carcinoid tumor, obesity, osteoporosis, prolactin disorder, Graves' disease, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, low testosterone, Addison's disease, prolactinoma, hypopituitarism, hypothyroidism, chronic thyroiditis, calcium disorder, pheochromocytoma, Cushing's syndrome
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Credentials

Positions
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Chief, Endocrinology at Tisch Hospital
  • Director, Medicine Faculty Group Practice
  • Director, Glycemic Control at Tisch Hos
  • Assoc Dir of Clinical Aff, Div of Endocrinology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism), 2005
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Georgetown University Hospital, 2005
  • Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2003
  • MD from Georgetown University, 1999
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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

Research My Research

Interests

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

Research Summary

Dr. Hodak’s 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 group’s 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 America’s Best Doctors for over a decade.

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