The ATA is saddened to report the death of Lewis E. Braverman, MD. He was an undergraduate at Harvard College and graduated from medical school at Johns Hopkins University in 1955, followed by an Internal Medicine Residency at Boston City Hospital and an Endocrinology Fellowship under the direction of Sidney H. Ingbar, MD in the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory. He was a longtime thyroid clinician, beloved by his patients, many of whom followed him as he moved to various institutions during his career. He retired from clinical practice in 2018 at the age of 88.
Dr. Braverman was a prolific thyroid researcher with >600 manuscripts. His seminal demonstration that T4 was converted to T3 in humans was published in 1970 with co-investigators Sid Ingbar and Ken Sterling. He also identified familial dysalbuminemic hyperthyroxinemia in 1982 and, in 1987, discovered the etiology of an outbreak of thyrotoxicosis in the Midwest was due to the inclusion of bovine thyroid gland in several meat processing plants in the manufacturing of hamburger. He was an international expert in iodine metabolism, most recently publishing the results of iodine nutrition studies in Haiti in 2018 and in Armenia (currently in press). He was longtime co-editor of the leading thyroid textbook, The Thyroid: A Fundamental and Clinical Text and was actively working on the 11th edition at the time of his death.
Dr. Braverman served as ATA secretary from 1978-1983 and as ATA president in 1985. He was the recipient of virtually all of the ATA awards: the Van Meter in 1963; the Distinguished Service Award in 1987, the Paul Starr Award in 1988 and was the 1st recipient of the Ingbar award in 1990 and the Stanbury Award in 2003.
Most of all, Dr. Braverman is remembered as a superb mentor to generations of endocrine trainees. In 2011, in honor of his lifetime of mentorship, the ATA established the Lewis E. Braverman Distinguished Award Lectureship, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence and passion for mentoring fellows, students and junior faculty; has a long history of productive thyroid research; and is devoted to the ATA. He extended his warmth and kindness to all those he met at work, clinic, hospital, and the ATA.
It was his passion for mentoring fellows, students and junior faculty that most defined Dr. Braverman and truly places him among the giants.
Dr. Braverman is survived by his wife Mimi, his sons William and Daniel and by five grandchildren.
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Join the American Thyroid Association® (ATA) (www.thyroid.org), in cooperation with the European Thyroid Association (www.eurothyroid.com) on May 25th to commemorate 11 YEARS of Global Thyroid Awareness!
Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate. Almost everyone knows someone affected by thyroid disease or thyroid cancer and the ATA is proud to promote international awareness on World Thyroid Day so that symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions are available around the globe.
Spreading awareness of the importance of the THYROID on World Thyroid Day is key to the ATA’s mission as the leading organization devoted to thyroid biology and to the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease through excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health.
Here are some of the KEY RESOURCES available year-round that the ATA provides to spread awareness and education on thyroid conditions:
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