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Jacob Moalem, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-1611

Office: (585) 275-1611

Fax: (585) 273-1252

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Surgery


As an endocrine surgeon, my elective practice is restricted to the management of patients with benign and cancerous conditions affecting the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. I strongly believe in multidisciplinary, team-based care for patients whose conditions are complex, and in personalized, efficient care for those whose conditions are less involved. In total, I perform about 350 thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal operations per year.

I chose this field because I was inspired by amazing mentors. The operations can be challenging and demand patience, meticulousness and attention to detail. Patients almost always do great, and are very pleased with their outcomes. The science behind endocrine tumors is fascinating. Success in this field requires close collaboration with endocrinologists, primary care doctors, radiologists, pathologists and many other professionals, all of whom I enjoy working with.

It is a tremendous honor, responsibility, and privilege to be entrusted with the care of others. As such, I strive to ensure that my patients are treated as I would expect to be treated myself – with respect, expertise, candor, and compassion.

Conditions I Treat

- Thyroid cancer
- Parathyroid cancer
- Adrenal cancer
- Thyroid nodules
- Hyperthyroidism
- Graves' disease
- Hyperparathyroidism
- Adrenal nodules
- Pheochromocytoma

Professional Background

Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery and Endocrinology, was recruited to the University of Rochester in 2008 to establish a program in Endocrine Surgery and to elevate the level of care that patients with benign and malignant conditions of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands receive.

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Dr. Moalem received his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from the University at Buffalo and his Medical Degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. He developed an interest in Endocrine Surgery during his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, where he also served as the Executive Chief Resident and became engaged in leadership roles nationally. He then pursued further subspecialty training during a premier Endocrine Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), under the mentorship of Dr. Orlo Clark, one of the founding figures in the field.

Dr. Moalem's clinical activity is focused on the multidisciplinary management of cancerous and benign conditions of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. He brings expertise in minimally invasive thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy, in addition to laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy. His elective clinical practice focuses exclusively on these operations, and he performs more than 350 operations per year.

Beyond his direct clinical activity, Dr. Moalem has also made significant academic contributions. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters, and has presented his research at many national meetings. He has been on the teaching faculty of several national Endocrine Surgery Courses, as well. Locally, he frequently lectures and teaches medical students, residents, nurses and other physicians and surgeons on topics related to Endocrine Surgery and the operations in which he specializes.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Moalem is also licensed in the states of New Jersey and California. He is a very active member of several professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons (ACS), where he has chaired the membership committee of the Resident and Associates' Society (RAS), and subsequently served as Chair of RAS. He is a board member for several important ACS committees, and was recently appointed as Chair of the Young Fellows' Association. He is also quite active within the American Medical Association (AMA), where he Chairs the Young Physician's Caucus, and serves as a Delegate representing the ACS. He is a recent recipient of the American Medical Association' s Foundation Award.

Dr. Moalem has also been recognized as a leader closer to home. At the University of Rochester, he has received many important honors and awards, including the Chief Residents' Teaching Award, the iCare 'Bronze Star' award (twice) and the Patient and Family Centered Care Top Performers Award (twice). Most recently, he was elected as one of two faculty inductees from the University to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. Dr. Moalem is also very active in a number of community organizations, and is a proud father of 3 small children who are the joys of his life.



MD | SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008
Fellowship at University of CA at San Francisco School of Medicine

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2007
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

07/01/2001 - 06/30/2002
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

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Recipient, Elmer Louis Award for Stop the Bleed campaign in Greater Rochester Area

Recipient, University of Rochester iCare 'Bronze Star' award

Faculty Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society.

Recipient, University of Rochester iCare "Bronze Star" award

Recipient, University of Rochester iCare "Bronze Star" award

Recipient, University of Rochester Patient and Family Centered Care Top Performers Award.

AMA Foundation Leadership Award

University of Rochester 2012 Faculty Development Grant - $4,000
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Association for Surgical Education Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF)

Recipient, 2012 AMA Foundation Leadership Award

Awardee, 2012 Association for Surgical Ed. Surgical Ed Research Fellowship (SERF)

Patient and Family Centered Care Top Performers Award - Given to doctors who score above 95 percentile
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Recipient, Friends of Strong grant- $45,000
Location: University of Rochester

Recipient, University of Rochester Surgery Chief Residents' Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
Location: University of Rochester

Recipient, American College of Surgeons' Health Policy Scholarship Award

Pacific Coast Surgical Association, Northern California caucus, Resident/fellow paper of the year.

Mount Zion Health Fund Award, University of California, San Francisco.

Outstanding Laparoscopic Resident Surgeon Award. Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgery

Resident of the Year Award, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ.

Golden Key National Honor Society

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Journal Articles

Muñoz-Largacha JA, Glocker RJ, Moalem J, Singh MJ, Litle VR. "Incidental posterior mediastinal paraganglioma: The safe approach to management, case report." International journal of surgery case reports.. 2017 35:25-28. Epub 2017 Mar 31.

Britt RC, Hildreth AN, Acker SN, Mouawad NJ, Mammen J, Moalem J. "Speed Mentoring: An Innovative Method to Meet the Needs of the Young Surgeon." Journal of surgical education.. 2017 74(6):1007-1011. Epub 2017 May 23.

Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, James B, Nagar S, Kaplan S, Seng V, Ahsan H, Angelos P, Kaplan EL, Guerrero MA, Kuo JH, Lee JA, Mitmaker EJ, Moalem J, Ruan DT, Shen WT, Grogan RH. "Risk Factors for Decreased Quality of Life in Thyroid Cancer Survivors: Initial Findings from the North American Thyroid Cancer Survivorship Study." Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association.. 2015 Dec; 25(12):1313-21. Epub 2015 Dec 01.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Burnout in Surgery
Author List: Moalem J. In ACS RISE: American College of Surgeons Resources in Surgical Education available at
Published By: in press 2017

Book Title: Burnout: Defining the Problem & Its Widespread Implications. In Current Problems in Surgery –Burnout: The Undiagnosed Pandemic.
Author List: Moalem, J and DeCaporale–Ryan, L.
Published By: in press 2017

Book Title: Thyroidectomy. In Textbook of Endocrine Surgery. 3rd edition
Author List: Moalem J.
Published By: Clark, OH, Duh, QY, and Shen, W (Eds). Saunders publishing 2017




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