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Research Associates

Research Associates

The THANC Foundation’s Research Associates work with an interdisciplinary team of doctors and scientists to write and publish scientific papers and posters. They have presented their work to a variety of head & neck and thyroid-related conferences and have submitted manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, including Laryngoscope, Thyroid, Head & Neck, and JAMA Otolaryngology. Research Associates also independently obtain institutional review board protocol approval and are involved in consenting patients. Research associates follow patients throughout their entire clinical course, collect data for clinical studies, and review patient charts.


Research Associates work together on many levels and gain professional team experience by leading the development of many patient education initiatives. Currently, the THANC Foundation is fostering a nationwide thyroid cancer database system and has recently launched an educational website for head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers.


Research Associates spend one day per week observing thyroid and head and neck surgery in the operating room. They develop an understanding of the role of surgery in the treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer patients, as well as how medical professionals from different specialties collaborate together on patient care from diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately to rehabilitation


This is a full-time, two-year position. Research Associates must hold a bachelors degree and typically have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Applicants should have a robust scientific background, and previous experience in a clinical environment is desired as well.

Current RAs

Research Associate

Martha GriffinMartha Griffin

Research Associate

Kimberly KiplagatKimberly Kiplagat

Research Associate

Rosalie MachadoRosalie Machado

Research Associate

Marcela OsorioMarcela Osorio

Research Associate

Jillian PecorielloJillian Pecoriello

Past RAs


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