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New Ethics Guidelines from American Thyroid Association Published in Thyroid Journal

New Rochelle, NY, November 12, 2013—In this changing era of health care delivery, physician guidelines on ethics are more important than ever. As each specialty area faces its own issues and dilemmas regarding patient care, scarcity of resources, and conflicts of interest, the American Thyroid Association has developed ethics guidelines specific to the field of thyroidology. These key guidelines are published in Thyroid, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers and the Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), and are available free  on the Thyroid  website.

M. Sara Rosenthal, Peter Angelos, David Cooper, Cheryl Fassler, Stuart Finder, Marguerite Hays, Beatriz Tendler, and Glenn Braunstein (Chair), for the American Thyroid Association Ethics Advisory Committee, present guidelines that are intended to provide clear guidance about ethical dilemmas and questions that arise in this unique subspecialty. As detailed in "Clinical and Professional Ethics Guidelines for the Practice of Thyroidology," they address ethical dilemmas that arise in the patient setting and those that involve disclosure of conflicts of interest and professional integrity.

“These detailed guidelines, written by an interdisciplinary group of experts in thyroidology, endocrine surgery, and ethics, offer guidance for ethical questions in the clinical and the research realm. Moreover, they address important issues surrounding conflicts of interest and resource allocations," says Peter A. Kopp, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Thyroid and Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, and Director ad interim of the Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago.

"We owe our thanks to Dr. Glenn Braunstein, Chair, as well as to the members of the ATA Ethics Advisory Committee, who worked diligently to produce these very fine guidelines for ethical dilemmas in endocrine practice,”  says Hossein Gharib, MD, President of the ATA, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. “In current practice, highly sensitive to issues of multiplicity of interest, these recommendations are both timely and welcome.”

About the Journal
Thyroid, the official journal of the American Thyroid Association, is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly online with Open Access options and in print. The Journal publishes original articles and timely reviews that reflect the rapidly advancing changes in our understanding of thyroid physiology and pathology, from the molecular biology of the cell to clinical management of thyroid disorders. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Thyroid  website.  Beginning in January 2014, the highly valued abstract and commentary publication Clinical Thyroidology, led by Editor-in-Chief Jerome M. Hershman, MD will be part of the Thyroid journal expansion.  A brand new videojournal companion to Thyroid, VideoEndocrinology, led by Editor Gerard Doherty, MD will be launched in spring 2014.

About the Society
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the leading worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement, understanding, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer. ATA is an international membership medical society with over 1,700 members from 43 countries around the world. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, ATA delivers its mission through several key endeavors: the publication of highly regarded professional journals, Thyroid, Clinical Thyroidology, and VideoEndocrinology; annual scientific meetings; biennial clinical and research symposia; research grant programs for young investigators, support of online professional, public and patient educational programs; and the development of guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease. The ATA promotes thyroid awareness and information through its online Clinical Thyroidology for Patients and extensive, authoritative explanations of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer in both English and Spanish. The ATA website serves as the clinical resource for patients and the public who look for reliable information on the Internet.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, Journal of Women’s Health, Journal of Men's Health, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s more than 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.