This issue of the Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America focuses on surgical endocrinology. Surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas has been performed for centuries as part of general surgery. Only in the twentieth century did surgeons begin to consider the endocrine system in a more holistic way, incorporating an understanding of underlying hormonal/chemical perturbations with anatomic organs. During the twentieth century, there were many surgical pioneers in endocrine surgery that addressed newly defined diseases and syndromes. For example, Sir John Bland Sutton performed the first parathyroidectomy in London around 1918, while adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma was performed by Cesar Roux in Lausanne and by Charles Mayo in 1926. Other pioneers included Theodor Kocher, Thomas Dunhill, and George Crile, who pioneered safe thyroid surgery. In the early 1970s, the world’s first-ever course on endocrine surgery was established at the Hammersmith Hospital.
The issue covers a range of important topics related to surgical endocrinology. In particular, the issue highlights contemporary treatment of medullary thyroid carcinoma, postoperative surveillance, and adjuvant therapy for parathyroid carcinoma, as well as multimodality treatment of adrenal tumors, including adrenocortical carcinoma and pheochromocytomas. In addition to these important topics, the authors also provide a contemporary state-of-the-art update on clinical management of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. The team of expert coauthors also provide insights into the role of lobectomy versus total thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer, as well as the role of central neck dissection in the management of such diseases as papillary thyroid carcinoma.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Dr Perrier for her efforts to amass such a wonderful group of leaders in the field of surgical endocrinology. These expert authors have done a masterful job outlining the latest updates in surgical endocrinology that will benefit both trainees and faculty. I know that this issue of Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America will serve to inform surgeons about the latest up-to-date data on the surgical management of endocrine tumors. Once again, my sincere gratitude to Dr Perrier and all the authors for contributing to this issue of the Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America. In addition, we collectively salute the legacy of Dr Orlo Clark for blazing the trail in surgical endocrinology that has benefited so many surgeons, endocrinologists, trainees, and—most importantly—patients.
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