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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 237
  1. Kuo JH, Duh QY, Chen H, Lai V, Sorensen MJ, Chabot JA, Lee JA. The Evolving Practice Patterns of Academic Endocrine Surgeons: A Cross-sectional Analysis of the Faculty Practice Solutions Center Database 2014 to 2017. Ann Surg. 2018 Nov 06. View in PubMed
  2. Zhang Q, Wang Z, Meng X, Duh QY, Chen G. Predictors for central lymph node metastases in CN0 papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (mPTC): A retrospect analysis of 1304 cases. Asian J Surg. 2018 Oct 19. View in PubMed
  3. Rossfeld KK, Maithel SK, Prescott J, Wang TS, Fields RC, Weber SM, Sicklick JK, Yopp AC, Duh QY, Solorzano CC, Votanopoulos KI, Hatzaras I, Poultsides GA, Shirley LA. The prognostic significance of adrenocortical carcinomas identified incidentally. J Surg Oncol. 2018 Oct 17. View in PubMed
  4. Wu CW, Dionigi G, Barczynski M, Chiang FY, Dralle H, Schneider R, Al-Quaryshi Z, Angelos P, Brauckhoff K, Brooks JA, Cernea CR, Chaplin J, Chen AY, Davies L, Diercks GR, Duh QY, Fundakowski C, Goretzki PE, Hales NW, Hartl D, Kamani D, Kandil E, Kyriazidis N, Liddy W, Miyauchi A, Orloff L, Rastatter JC, Scharpf J, Serpell J, Shin JJ, Sinclair CF, Stack BC, Tolley NS, Slycke SV, Snyder SK, Urken ML, Volpi E, Witterick I, Wong RJ, Woodson G, Zafereo M, Randolph GW. International neuromonitoring study group guidelines 2018: Part II: Optimal recurrent laryngeal nerve management for invasive thyroid cancer-incorporation of surgical, laryngeal, and neural electrophysiologic data. Laryngoscope. 2018 Oct 06. View in PubMed
  5. Chen Y, Scholten A, Chomsky-Higgins K, Nwaogu I, Gosnell JE, Seib C, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY. Risk Factors Associated With Perioperative Complications and Prolonged Length of Stay After Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy. JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 08. View in PubMed
  6. Ferris RL, Nikiforov Y, Terris D, Seethala RR, Ridge JA, Angelos P, Duh QY, Wong R, Sabra MM, Fagin JA, McIver B, Bernet VJ, Harrell RM, Busaidy N, Cibas ES, Faquin WC, Sadow P, Baloch Z, Shindo M, Orloff L, Davies L, Randolph GW. AHNS Series: Do you know your guidelines? AHNS Endocrine Section Consensus Statement: State-of-the-art thyroid surgical recommendations in the era of noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features. Head Neck. 2018 Jun 26. View in PubMed
  7. Marincola Smith P, Kiernan CM, Tran TB, Postlewait LM, Maithel SK, Prescott J, Pawlik T, Wang TS, Glenn J, Hatzaras I, Shenoy R, Phay J, Shirley LA, Fields RC, Jin L, Weber S, Salem A, Sicklick J, Gad S, Yopp A, Mansour J, Duh QY, Seiser N, Votanopoulos K, Levine EA, Poultsides G, Solórzano CC. Role of Additional Organ Resection in Adrenocortical Carcinoma: Analysis of 167 Patients from the U.S. Adrenocortical Carcinoma Database. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Jun 04. View in PubMed
  8. Patel KN, Angell TE, Babiarz J, Barth NM, Blevins T, Duh QY, Ghossein RA, Harrell RM, Huang J, Kennedy GC, Kim SY, Kloos RT, LiVolsi VA, Randolph GW, Sadow PM, Shanik MH, Sosa JA, Traweek ST, Walsh PS, Whitney D, Yeh MW, Ladenson PW. Performance of a Genomic Sequencing Classifier for the Preoperative Diagnosis of Cytologically Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules. JAMA Surg. 2018 May 23. View in PubMed
  9. 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
  10. 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
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