1. Why did you choose Endocrine Surgery? At the begining, which dificulties did you have ?
Endocrine Surgery was the major academic surgical unit at the hospital where I trained as a resident and was the obvious career path for someone such as myself who was interested in practicing surgery as a full-time academic.
2. What do you think about the borders of Endocrine Surgery? Such as; should the Endocrine Surgeons perform FNAB, ultrasonography? Should they follow-up patients (especially thyroid patients) before and/or after surgery?
I see endocrine surgeons as endocrinologists who can also perform surgery. As such endocrine surgeons have no real bounds and should be involved in the totality of patient care including diagnosis, eg fine needle biopsy and ultrasound, as well as therapy including follow-up id so wished. Having said that in our unit all patients are treated in a multidisciplinary setting so ALL patients are managed jointly by an endocrine surgeon and endocrinologist.
3. What do you think about the future of Endocrine Surgery? Do you recommend Endocrine Surgery to young surgens?
In Australia it is a rapidly expanding field with many young surgeons keen to do a fellowship. Within our country most endocrine surgery is now done by subspecialist surgeons, either endocrine surgeons or ENT/head and neck oncology surgeons, with general surgeons really only undertaking it in provincial centres.
4. What do you think about Turkey?
Looking forward to coming and bringing my family for a holiday before the meeting.
Hazırlayan: Prof Dr. Cumhur Arıcı