Thyroid Center

The Thyroid Center at Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the first and largest centers in the United States exclusively devoted to the care and treatment of children with thyroid diseases. Our center's Thyroid Nodule Clinic is one of the largest pediatric practices of its type in the United States. The Thyroid Center has dedicated, high-volume pediatric thyroid surgeons meeting the recommendations of the American Thyroid Association, with an established record of excellent outcomes.

The Thyroid Center at Boston Children's offers clinical evaluation and treatment for infants, children and adolescents with all types of thyroid disease, including:

Thyroid team photo-June2018
Meet the Thyroid Center Team

Innovative treatment and care

While thyroid disorders can profoundly affect a child’s health and development, highly effective treatments are available. Our center is distinguished by our expertise in:
  • thyroid ultrasound, a safe and painless method of imaging that helps doctors determine the size and characteristics of thyroid nodules.
  • ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration, a very safe, minor procedure that can usually be done in place of a major surgical biopsy. Our Thyroid Center physicians have performed more than 850 of these procedures in children.
  • radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer; this therapy—given either in a capsule or in a tasteless solution in water—makes use of the thyroid gland’s natural need for iodine to treat overactive or cancerous thyroid cells.

A team approach to managing thyroid disorders

To care for your child’s specific needs, our team includes experts in endocrinology, surgery, radiology, pathology, and oncology at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to deliver integrated multidisciplinary care. Our center also offers individualized support for from experienced nurses, social workers, and psychology staff, as well as a dedicated clinic coordinator to work closely with your family. And because most pediatric thyroid disorders are life-long, we also work closely with Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide care that extends through adulthood.

Innovative research improves care

In addition to providing treatment for our patients, the Thyroid Center at Boston Children's conducts research aimed at improving the care of children with thyroid disease. Ongoing clinical projects include investigations of childhood thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, and thyroid gland dysfunction.

The Endocrinology Division is pleased to announce that our call center for scheduling your appointments will now be open from 7:00 am-8:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Please call today to make an appointment with one of our specialists at 617-355-8226.