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Insoo Suh, M.D.

Insoo Suh, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery, Endocrine Surgery Section
Director of Research, Endocrine Surgical Oncology Lab

Contact Information

Academic Office
UCSF Medical Center. Mt. Zion
Campus Box 1674
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 885-7616 (Phone)
(415) 885-7617 (Fax)
insoo.suh@ucsf.edu
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  • 1995-99, Yale University, B.S., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
  • 1999-2004, University of California, San Francisco, M.D.
  • 2004-05 University of California, San Francisco Department of Surgery, Intern
  • 2005-10 University of California, San Francisco Department of Surgery, Resident
  • 2010-11 University of California, San Francisco Department of Surgery, Chief Resident
  • 2007-09 University of California, San Francisco, Endocrine Surgery Research Fellow
  • 2011-12 Stanford University, Biodesign Surgical Innovation Fellow
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgical Oncology Program
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • San Francisco VA Medical Center
  • Improved localization methods for functional adrenal tumors
  • Novel approaches to minimally invasive endocrine surgery
  • Novel therapeutic approaches to metastatic thyroid cancer
  • Surgical innovation, development of novel surgical devices
  • The effects of primary hyperparathyroidism on long-term patient outcomes

Insoo Suh, M.D. specializes in endocrine surgical diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. Dr. Suh's clinical interests include the application of minimally-invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and robotics to endocrine surgery. His UCSF practice is based at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Mt. Zion. He also serves as an attending staff surgeon in endocrine surgery at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Dr. Suh received a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University, and obtained his M.D. from UCSF. He also completed his surgical residency and endocrine surgery research fellowship at UCSF. He then completed an additional fellowship in surgical innovation from the Stanford University Biodesign Program prior to joining UCSF's faculty.

Dr. Suh has received several awards in recognition of his clinical and research achievements, including the Fred H. and Esther E. Nusz Achievement Award from UCSF, as well as the Basic Science Research Award from the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. He is an active associate member of several national organizations including the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Dr. Suh has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and has served as an invited reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals. He is the first surgeon on the West Coast to perform a new technique of "scarless" thyroidectomy, and has an active clinical program for this procedure. He is also an inventor of novel medical innovations, with several patent applications to his name and multiple grants to research and develop new technologies.

Most recent publications from a total of 54
  1. Chen Y, Scholten A, Chomsky-Higgins K, Nwaogu I, Gosnell JE, Seib C, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY. Risk Factors Associated With Perioperative Complications and Prolonged Length of Stay After Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy. JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 08. View in PubMed
  2. Chen Y, Chomsky-Higgins K, Nwaogu I, Seib CD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Hidden in Plain Sight: Transoral and Submental Thyroidectomy as a Compelling Alternative to "Scarless" Thyroidectomy. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 May 07. View in PubMed
  3. Seib CD, Chomsky-Higgins K, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY, Finlayson E. Patient Frailty Should Be Used to Individualize Treatment Decisions in Primary Hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg. 2018 Apr 25. View in PubMed
  4. Park H, Lee SW, Song G, Kang TW, Jung JH, Chung HC, Kim SJ, Park CH, Park JY, Shin TY, Suh IB, Kim JH. Diagnostic Performance of %[-2]proPSA and Prostate Health Index for Prostate Cancer: Prospective, Multi-institutional Study. J Korean Med Sci. 2018 Mar 12; 33(11):e94. View in PubMed
  5. Duh QY, Suh I. It's Complicated: How Often are Patients with Primary Aldosteronism Cured After Adrenalectomy? World J Surg. 2018 02; 42(2):464-465. View in PubMed
  6. Chomsky-Higgins KH, Rochefort HM, Seib CD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Recombinant Parathyroid Hormone Versus Usual Care: Do the Outcomes Justify the Cost? World J Surg. 2018 02; 42(2):431-436. View in PubMed
  7. Asban A, Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Beninato T, Wang E, Chomsky-Higgins K, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Suh I, Duh QY. Trends of genetic screening in patients with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma: 15-year experience in a high-volume tertiary referral center. J Surg Oncol. 2018 Jan 08. View in PubMed
  8. Chomsky-Higgins K, Seib C, Rochefort H, Gosnell J, Shen WT, Kahn JG, Duh QY, Suh I. Less is more: cost-effectiveness analysis of surveillance strategies for small, nonfunctional, radiographically benign adrenal incidentalomas. Surgery. 2018 Jan; 163(1):197-204. View in PubMed
  9. Beninato T, Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Khanafshar E, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Squamous differentiation in papillary thyroid carcinoma: a rare feature of aggressive disease. J Surg Res. 2018 Mar; 223:39-45. View in PubMed
  10. Park SH, Kim JH, Lee JW, Jeong HS, Lee DJ, Kim BC, Suh IS. Is Robot-Assisted Surgery Really Scarless Surgery? Immediate Reconstruction with a Jejunal Free Flap for Esophageal Rupture after Robot-Assisted Thyroidectomy. Arch Plast Surg. 2017 Nov; 44(6):550-553. View in PubMed
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