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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

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 224
  1. Chen Y, Chomsky-Higgins K, Nwaogu I, Seib CD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Hidden in Plain Sight: Transoral and Submental Thyroidectomy as a Compelling Alternative to "Scarless" Thyroidectomy. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2018 May 07. View in PubMed
  2. Seib CD, Chomsky-Higgins K, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY, Finlayson E. Patient Frailty Should Be Used to Individualize Treatment Decisions in Primary Hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg. 2018 Apr 25. View in PubMed
  3. Duh QY, Suh I. It's Complicated: How Often are Patients with Primary Aldosteronism Cured After Adrenalectomy? World J Surg. 2018 02; 42(2):464-465. View in PubMed
  4. Chomsky-Higgins KH, Rochefort HM, Seib CD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Recombinant Parathyroid Hormone Versus Usual Care: Do the Outcomes Justify the Cost? World J Surg. 2018 02; 42(2):431-436. View in PubMed
  5. Asban A, Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Beninato T, Wang E, Chomsky-Higgins K, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Suh I, Duh QY. Trends of genetic screening in patients with pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma: 15-year experience in a high-volume tertiary referral center. J Surg Oncol. 2018 Jan 08. View in PubMed
  6. Gosnell JE, Duh QY. Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma-We Should Do Better. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jan 01; 153(1):59. View in PubMed
  7. Anuwong A, Ketwong K, Jitpratoom P, Sasanakietkul T, Duh QY. Safety and Outcomes of the Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Vestibular Approach. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jan 01; 153(1):21-27. View in PubMed
  8. Poorman CE, Ethun CG, Postlewait LM, Tran TB, Prescott JD, Pawlik TM, Wang TS, Glenn J, Hatzaras I, Shenoy R, Phay JE, Keplinger K, Fields RC, Jin LX, Weber SM, Salem A, Sicklick JK, Gad S, Yopp AC, Mansour JC, Duh QY, Seiser N, Solórzano CC, Kiernan CM, Votanopoulos KI, Levine EA, Staley CA, Poultsides GA, Maithel SK. A Novel T-Stage Classification System for Adrenocortical Carcinoma: Proposal from the US Adrenocortical Carcinoma Study Group. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Feb; 25(2):520-527. View in PubMed
  9. Chomsky-Higgins K, Seib C, Rochefort H, Gosnell J, Shen WT, Kahn JG, Duh QY, Suh I. Less is more: cost-effectiveness analysis of surveillance strategies for small, nonfunctional, radiographically benign adrenal incidentalomas. Surgery. 2018 Jan; 163(1):197-204. View in PubMed
  10. Beninato T, Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Khanafshar E, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Suh I. Squamous differentiation in papillary thyroid carcinoma: a rare feature of aggressive disease. J Surg Res. 2018 Mar; 223:39-45. View in PubMed
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