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University of Rochester Surgeon Heads National Society

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Endocrine surgeon Jacob Moalem, M.D., was named chair of the American College of Surgeons’ Resident and Associate Society (ACS-RAS), a national organization representing more than 11,000 residents and young surgeons. He is an assistant professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The society provides career support to young surgeons, including educational opportunities and leadership skills development. In addition, RAS provides a venue for young surgeons to voice their concerns to the leadership of the American College of Surgeons. As chair, he serves as the spokesman for issues that affect surgical training and practice.

Moalem is a well-regarded surgeon, teacher and researcher, in the Division of Surgical Oncology. He is the only fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon in the region.

Moalem's clinical and research concentrations focus on cancerous and benign lesions and thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders, as well as endocrine tumors of the pancreas. He has expertise in minimally invasive thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy, in addition to laparoscopic adrenalectomy and cervical lymph node dissection.

Moalem received a bachelor’s degree in applied anatomy and physiology and a master’s in interdisciplinary natural science from the University at Buffalo. He completed his medical degree at the SUNY Downstate. His general surgery residency was completed at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he also served as executive chief resident. He recently completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

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