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Quan-Yang Duh, M.D.

Quan-Yang Duh, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery

Contact Information

Endocrine Surgical and Oncology Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7687
Fax: (415) 353-7781
quan-yang.duh@ucsf.edu
VAMC Surgical Services
Voice:(415) 750-2131
FAX: (415) 514-1133
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  • 1973-77, Yale University, New Haven, CT, B.S., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
  • 1977-81, University of California, San Francisco, M.D., Medicine
  • 1981-82, University of California, San Francisco, Intern, General Surgery
  • 1982-88, University of California, San Francisco, Resident, General Surgery
  • 1981-82, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, General
  • 1982-88, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, General  
  • American Board of Surgery, 1989
  • Endocrine Surgical Oncology Program
  • UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Associate-Director, Videoscopic Training Program
  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Conn's Syndrome
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Parathyroidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Thyroidectomy
  • Multinodular Goiter
  • Neuroendocrine  (Islet Cell) Tumors
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules

Dr. Quan-Yang Duh is Professor and Chief of Endocrine Surgery and Associate Director of Advanced Videoscopic Surgery Center at UCSF. He is an attending Surgeon at both UCSF Medical Center and San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is also fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese.

Dr. Duh specializes in surgery to treat tumors of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, as well as endocrine and gastrointestinal malignancies. He is nationally and internationally recognized  for his expertise in complex minimally invasive procedures including laparoscopic adrenalectomy, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy and hernia repair.

Dr. Duh graduated from Yale University, New Haven, CT with a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He completed his surgical internship, residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, in San Francisco. He is the past president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and the San Francisco Surgical Society, as well as president of the American College of Surgeons' Northern California Chapter. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Duh was named to the list of U.S. News "America's Top Doctors," a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

Dr. Duh's research in endocrine cancer involved oncogenesis, genetic alteration and redifferentiation treatment of thyroid cancer and adrenal tumors.  His clinical research involved patients with adrenal diseases (aldosteronoma, pheochromocytoma, Cushing, incidentaloma and adrenal metastasis), and minimally invasive parathyroid and thyroid operations.

Dr. Duh has developed and actively teaches several new techniques for advance laparoscopic surgery. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 articles and textbook chapters on topics of endocrine surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Duh was the Site Principal Investigator for a multi-center Veterans Affairs Medical Center prospective randomized trail of open mesh versus laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, the results of which was published in New England Journal of Medicine. He has started the program in robot-assisted laparoscopic general surgery at the VA Medical Center, currently focused on inguinal hernias.

Most recent publications from a total of 382
  1. Prendergast KM, Smith PM, Tran TB, Postlewait LM, Maithel SK, Prescott JD, Pawlik TM, Wang TS, Glenn J, Hatzaras I, Shenoy R, Phay JE, Shirley LA, Fields RC, Jin LX, Weber SM, Salem A, Sicklick JK, Gad S, Yopp AC, Mansour JC, Duh QY, Seiser N, Votanopoulos KI, Levine EA, Poultsides GA, Solórzano CC, Kiernan CM. Features of synchronous versus metachronous metastasectomy in adrenal cortical carcinoma: Analysis from the US adrenocortical carcinoma database. Surgery. 2019 Jul 01. View in PubMed
  2. Suh I, Viscardi C, Chen Y, Nwaogu I, Sukpanich R, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Seib CD, Duh QY. Technical Innovation in Transoral Endoscopic Endocrine Surgery: A Modified "Scarless" Technique. J Surg Res. 2019 Jun 04; 243:123-129. View in PubMed
  3. Grogan RH, Suh I, Chomsky-Higgins K, Alsafran S, Vasiliou E, Razavi CR, Chen LW, Tufano RP, Duh QY, Angelos P, Russell JO. Patient Eligibility for Transoral Endocrine Surgery Procedures in the United States. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 03; 2(5):e194829. View in PubMed
  4. Chen Y, Nwaogu I, Chomsky-Higgins K, Gosnell JE, Seib C, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Postoperative Pain and Opioid Use After Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery-A Pilot, Prospective SMS-Based Survey. J Surg Res. 2019 Aug; 240:236-240. View in PubMed
  5. Hao Y, Duh QY, Kloos RT, Babiarz J, Harrell RM, Traweek ST, Kim SY, Fedorowicz G, Walsh PS, Sadow PM, Huang J, Kennedy GC. Identification of Hürthle cell cancers: solving a clinical challenge with genomic sequencing and a trio of machine learning algorithms. BMC Syst Biol. 2019 Apr 05; 13(Suppl 2):27. View in PubMed
  6. Vorselaars WMCM, Nell S, Postma EL, Zarnegar R, Drake FT, Duh QY, Talutis SD, McAneny DB, McManus C, Lee JA, Grant SB, Grogan RH, Romero Arenas MA, Perrier ND, Peipert BJ, Mongelli MN, Castelino T, Mitmaker EJ, Parente DN, Pasternak JD, Engelsman AF, Sywak M, D'Amato G, Raffaelli M, Schuermans V, Bouvy ND, Eker HH, Bonjer HJ, Vaarzon Morel NM, Nieveen van Dijkum EJM, Vrielink OM, Kruijff S, Spiering W, Borel Rinkes IHM, Valk GD, Vriens MR. Clinical Outcomes After Unilateral Adrenalectomy for Primary Aldosteronism. JAMA Surg. 2019 Feb 27; e185842. View in PubMed
  7. Drake FT, Beninato T, Xiong MX, Shah NV, Kluijfhout WP, Feeney T, Suh I, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY. Laparoscopic adrenalectomy for metastatic disease: Retrospective cohort with long-term, comprehensive follow-up. Surgery. 2019 May; 165(5):958-964. View in PubMed
  8. Chen Y, Chomsky-Higgins K, Nwaogu I, Gosnell JE, Seib C, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY. Trends in Adrenal Surgery-The Changing Nature of Tumors and Patients. J Surg Res. 2019 Apr; 236:129-133. View in PubMed
  9. Wang E, Chomsky-Higgins K, Chen Y, Nwaogu I, Seib CD, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Treatment of Primary Aldosteronism Reduces the Probability of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. J Surg Res. 2019 Apr; 236:37-43. View in PubMed
  10. Haddad RI, Nasr C, Bischoff L, Busaidy NL, Byrd D, Callender G, Dickson P, Duh QY, Ehya H, Goldner W, Haymart M, Hoh C, Hunt JP, Iagaru A, Kandeel F, Kopp P, Lamonica DM, McIver B, Raeburn CD, Ridge JA, Ringel MD, Scheri RP, Shah JP, Sippel R, Smallridge RC, Sturgeon C, Wang TN, Wirth LJ, Wong RJ, Johnson-Chilla A, Hoffmann KG, Gurski LA. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Thyroid Carcinoma, Version 2.2018. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018 Dec; 16(12):1429-1440. View in PubMed
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