Charles Emerson, MD, Takes Office as Treasurer
(FALLS CHURCH, VA) - Charles H. Emerson, MD, of Worcester, Mass., is the new treasurer of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), the leading professional society of physicians and researchers who specialize in diseases of the thyroid gland.
took office at the close of the ATA 75th Annual Meeting, Sept. 21, 2003, in Palm Beach, Fla., and will serve a five-year term.
"I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve the ATA
," said Dr. Emerson
"During the next five years, I hope we can increase philanthropic support for ATA-sponsored research in thyroid cancer, autoimmunity, and other thyroid disorders.
At the same time," he
added, "it is important to sustain and expand our efforts in supporting patients and educating the public about the vital role of the thyroid in optimal health and childhood development."
Dr. Emerson is a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, where he has practiced since 1980.
He received his medical degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and completed his medical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and remained there for a fellowship in endocrinology.
He then went to the University of Illinois in Chicago to study the metabolism of thyrotropin-releasing hormone before joining the University of Massachusetts.
An ATA member since 1976, Dr. Emerson has served on the Bylaws, Awards, Program, and Membership committees.
Dr. Emerson's research
and clinical interests have focused on the metabolism of thyroid hormones in the placenta and periphery; maternal and fetal thyroid function during and after pregnancy; regulation of thyrotropin-releasing hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) as a function of age, sex hormone status, and nutrition; and the physiological effects and clinical utility of recombinant human TSH.