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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2013


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Georgetown’s Jonklaas Named to Board of American Thyroid Association


WASHINGTONJacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and endocrinology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, was installed on the American Thyroid Association’s (ATA) board during the ATA’s annual meeting in October.  She is a member of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

"I'm proud to be part of an organization that places a high priority on thyroid research," says Jonklaas, who currently is helping lead clinical trials related to thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism. "The ATA's focused mission will lead to real change in how thyroid disorders are treated and perhaps, prevented, which will impact people around the world."

Jonklaas divides her time equally between patient care, research and teaching. The primary focus of her research is the management of thyroid cancer and hypothyroidism. Jonklaas has servedon several committees for the ATA including patient education and advocacy, the surgical task force and the awards committee. She is currently co-chair of the task force on thyroid hormone replacement.

“We are excited to have such experienced leaders join our Board and bring their wealth of knowledge and skills to our leadership team,” says John C. Morris, III, MD, secretary and chief operating officer of the association.

The American Thyroid Association is the leading worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer.

About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future.  Georgetown Lombardi is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute (grant #P30 CA051008), and the only one in the Washington, DC area.  For more information, go to http://lombardi.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health).  GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person."  The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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