Dr. Camilo Gonzalez Velazquez
September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. For the next 4 weeks, we will post stories written by cancer survivors, caregivers and friends for our 30 Stories in 30 Days campaign. We hope their perspectives and insight will help others along their journey.
30 Stories in 30 Days
This past summer, the THANC Foundation welcomed Dr. Camilo Gonzalez Velazquez, who completed a two-month clinical observership at the Mount Sinai Thyroid Center, sponsored by the THANC Foundation.
Born and raised in Mexico, Dr. Camilo Gonzalez Velazquez is the younger of two children in a family from the northern city of Monterrey, Mexico. He graduated from medical school in 2011 where he quickly became interested in endocrinology and thyroid disease. He continued into an internal medicine residency program at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and was later selected as a Clinical Endocrinology fellow in the same institution. He currently serves as Chief Resident in the endocrinology division. Over the past year Dr. Gonzalez has published manuscripts in well-respected medical journals and attended international meetings and sonography courses, where his interest in the study of thyroid cancer has grown.
Under the supervision of Dr. Mark Urken and other physicians at the Mount Sinai Thyroid Center, Dr. Gonzalez was able to observe thyroid surgery, office consultations, ultrasound and biopsy techniques, and endocrine pathology. He took further initiative by engaging in a clinical research project, where he helped analyze the size of metastatic lymph nodes in thyroid cancer patients. Dr. Gonzalez was instrumental in a major effort at the THANC Foundation to translate various online video content from English to Spanish, which will benefit countless patients and families using the Thyroid Care Collaborative and other patient resources sponsored by THANC.
Reflecting on his clinical Observership, Dr. Gonzalez says that “from bench to bedside, I have seen a comprehensive view of the many different aspects of thyroid disease. It has been an incredible experience.” We thank Dr. Gonzalez for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors!