May 13, 2010
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WORCESTER, Mass.— The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has awarded its 2010 Distinguished Service Award to Charles H. Emerson, MD, professor emeritus of medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and current editor of Thyroid, the journal of the ATA. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. Emerson at the ATA’s Spring Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Emerson, an active member of the ATA since 1974, has served on numerous committees, including the Nominating, Program, Bylaws, Membership and Awards committees. He also served on the ATA’s Board of Directors and served as ATA Treasurer from 2003-2007.

“Dr. Emerson kept a close eye on ATA funds, always presented our financial status accurately, and kept calm under fire,” says Lewis E. Braverman, MD. “We knew we had a frugal gentleman at the helm.”

After receiving his MD from the University of Virginia in 1967, Dr. Emerson completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970 and a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Chicago. In 1980, Dr. Emerson joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Emerson retired from UMass Medical School in 2005 after an active investigative career with research interests in the metabolism of thyroid hormones in the placenta and periphery; maternal and fetal thyroid function during and after pregnancy; TRH and TSH as influenced by age, thyroid and sex status, nutrition and neuropeptides; the physiological effects and clinical utility of recombinant human TSH; and the pathogenesis of thyrotoxicosis.

“Dr. Emerson assumed the editorship of Thyroid in 2008.

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American Thyroid Association
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the lead organization in promoting thyroid health and understanding thyroid biology. The ATA values scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, public service, education, collaboration, and collegiality. A non-profit medical society founded in 1923, the ATA fulfills its mission through supporting excellence and innovation in research, clinical care, education, and public health. ATA members are physicians and scientists who work to enhance the understanding of thyroid physiology and pathophysiology, improve the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid diseases, and promote the education of physicians, patients, and the public about thyroid disorders. The official journal “Thyroid” of the ATA is published monthly. “Clinical Thyroidology” is published online monthly for the benefit of clinicians and scientists around the world. To further benefit patients, the ATA publishes an online journal “Clinical Thyroidology for Patients.”