Jacob Moalem, M.D.

Jacob Moalem, M.D.

Contact Information

UR Medicine Surgical Oncology
160 Sawgrass Dr.
Suite 120
Rochester, NY 14620

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Ave.
Ambulatory Care Facility Third Floor (AC-3)
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-1611

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Professional Bio

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.

Patient Care Bio

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

Awards & Honors (Local)

Recipient, University of Rochester iCare "Bronze Star" award 2014
Faculty Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha, National Honor Society. 2014
Recipient, University of Rochester Patient and Family Centered Care Top Performers Award. 2013
Recipient, University of Rochester iCare "Bronze Star" award 2013
AMA Foundation Leadership Award 2012
University of Rochester 2012 Faculty Development Grant - $4,000 | University of Rochester 2012
Association for Surgical Education Surgical Education Research Fellowship (SERF) 2012
Recipient, University of Rochester Patient and Family Centered Care Top Performers Award. -given to Dr's who score above 95%ile. 2011
Recipient, 2012 AMA Foundation Leadership Award 2011
Awardee, 2012 Association for Surgical Ed. Surgical Ed Research Fellowship (SERF) 2011
Recipient, Friends of Strong grant- $45,000 | University of Rochester 2010
Recipient, University of Rochester Surgery Chief Residents' Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. | University of Rochester 2010
Recipient, American College of Surgeons' Health Policy Scholarship Award 2010
Pacific Coast Surgical Association, Northern California caucus, Resident/fellow paper of the year. 2008
Mount Zion Health Fund Award, University of California, San Francisco. 2007
Resident of the Year Award, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. 2007
Outstanding Laparoscopic Resident Surgeon Award. Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgery 2007
Golden Key National Honor Society 1994

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Surgery, Oncology (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Medicine, Endocrine/Metabolism (SMD)


Surgery - American Board of Surgery


MD | Medicine | SUNY Downstate Coll Medicine2001
MS | Natural Sciences | St Univ at Buffalo1997
Attended 2007 - 2008
Attended 2006 - 2007
Attended 2002 - 2006
Attended 2001 - 2002
Attended 1997 - 2001
Attended 1996 - 1997
Attended 1991 - 1996

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco School of07/01/2007 - 06/30/2008
Residency in General Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital07/01/2002 - 06/30/2007
Internship in General Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital07/01/2001 - 06/30/2002