Thomas J Fahey   Professor of Surgery

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Endocrine Oncology

Dr. Fahey's clinical and basic research has focused on endocrine and pancreatic cancer. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Surgical Endocrinology.

Translational and Clinical Research Projects:

    - Molecular differentiation of benign and malignant thyroid nodules

    - BRAF mutations in thyroid FNA samples: implications and decision making


    regional vs. general anesthesia for patients undergoing thyroidectomypreoperative localization for patients with hyperparathyroidismlaparoscopic approaches to the adrenal glandsmolecular analysis of thyroid FNA biopsies to differentiate benign and malignant thyroid nodules

Basic Science Research Projects:

    molecular differentiation of benign and malignant thyroid nodulesmolecular identification of bone marrow metastases in patients with breast carcinomamolecular characterization of pancreatic cancer

Research Support:Characterization of Gene Deletions on the Short Arm of Chromosome 3 in Thyroid CancerPrincipal Investigator Source: American Cancer Society Institutional Research GrantPathophysiologic and Biochemical Changes of Thermal Injury - U.T. Southwestern Burn Center GrantParticipating Faculty C. James Carrico, M.D., Principal InvestigatorGenetic Polymorphisms in Patients with Pancreatic CancerPrincipal Investigator Source: Alice Bohmfalk Charitable TrustHand Assisted Laparoscopic Enterocystoplasty in the DogCo-Investigator Source: Pilot Grant Program in Minimal Access SurgeryEndoscopic Video-Assisted Femoral-Popliteal Arterial Bypass GraftingCo-Investigator Source: Pilot Grant Program in Minimal Access SurgeryMechanisms of Growth of Pancreatic Cancer Principal Investigator Source: Frederick and Sandra P. Rose FoundationIdentification of Genes Associated with Breast Cancer Metastatic to Bone MarrowPrincipal Investigator Source: Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Patents: Method and agents for promoting wound healing.Patent Number: 5,145,676Issue Date: September 8, 1992


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  • Determining a Molecular Profile of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors Obtained by Fine Needle Aspiration Principal Investigator 2013 - 2014
  • Molecular Characterization of Metastatic Neuroendocrine Tumors of the Gastrointestinal Tract Principal Investigator 2014 -
  • A Platform for Drug Discovery Targeting MEN1 in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors Key Personnel 2013 - 2015
  • Selenium Supplementation Decreases Thyroid Cancer Growth in Humans through Upregulation of Cell Cycle Arrest Genes  awarded by National Cancer Institute Principal Investigator Subaward 2005 - 2006



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  • Dr. Thomas J Fahey, III

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Primary Affiliation

  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University