Dr. James Lee honored with the Science Leadership Award at the SDHB Pheo-Para Coalition Gala

The Columbia Thyroid Center is proud to announce that Dr. James Lee, Co-Director, was honored at the SDHB Pheo-Para Coalition Gala with the Science Leadership Award on April 20th, 2017. There were over 250 attendees at the event. Dr. Lee expressed his thanks towards the Coalition for this significant honor and for the program's ongoing support. His team attended the event in support of this momentous occasion.

Dr. Lee is an internationally recognized endocrine surgeon who specializes in the care of patients with thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disorders. He has published over 90 papers within the field of endocrine surgery. He founded the Columbia Adrenal Center and serves as its Co-Director. The Adrenal center is a multidisciplinary group that focuses on the treatment of adrenal diseases, in particular pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. The Science Leadership award recognizes his outstanding achievements in the field of endocrine surgery, his pioneering leadership initiatives and his dedication towards providing compassionate care for his patients. 

Dr. Antonio Fojo, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Co-Director of the Adrenal Center, spoke at the event about making sense of the emotional challenges of SDHB pheochromocytoma and paranganglioma, through a research perspective.

The SDHB Pheo-Para Coalition is a volunteer organization whose mission is to educate healthcare professionals and patients about the SDHB germline mutation in pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. Patients with an SDHB germline mutation have higher rates of malignancy. There are no cures for these diseases and current treatments are inadequate. The Coalition supports research to ultimately develop effective treatments through fundraising and partnering with other organizations and academic institutions. View the Coalition's website to learn more about patient resources and how you can get involved.