Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

American Thyroid Association, Inc.

  • Falls Church, VA
  • www.thyroid.org

Mission Statement

The ATA is the leading organization devoted to thyroid biology and to the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease through excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health.

Goals
To foster and support research on thyroid molecular and cell biology, physiology, and diseases.
To disseminate new knowledge that leads to prevention, diagnosis,and treatment of thyroid diseases.
To support education of trainees, basic scientists, physicians, and other health care professionals concerned with investigating, diagnosing, and treating thyroid diseases.
To establish and guide public policies on the causes, diagnosis, and management of thyroid diseases and related disorders.
To be the advocate for thyroid specialists concerned with science, clinical medicine, and health care delivery.
To encourage broad-based support from industry and external sources to fulfill the Association's scientific and educational missions.
To stimulate philanthropic giving to thyroid research, advancement of thyroid field, thyroid patient education.
To enlarge and diversify the Association's membership
To develop, implement, and regularly review the Association's strategic plan.
To foster contact, collegiality, and collaboration among members and within the international thyroid community.
To promote collaboration with thyroid societies in other regions of the world concerning public health and other scientific issues.

Main Programs

  1. ATA Patient Affairs and Education
  2. ATA Research Grant Program
  3. ATA Publications
  4. Continuing Medical Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

All of USA and Canada.  Research grants extended internationally.  Website information is accessible world-wide.

ruling year

1959

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Ms. Barbara Rath Smith

Keywords

Self-reported

thyroid, thyroid cancer, research, education, public health, patient information, public awareness, physician education, patient treatment

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Also Known As

Thyroid Association, American

EIN

41-6038600

 Number

3033747901

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

Medical Specialty Research (H90)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The American Thyroid Association (ATA), provides outstanding leadership in thyroidology by promoting excellence and innovation in clinical care, research, professional and public education , and public policy regarding thyroid disease. The ATA values scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, public service, education, collaboration, and collegiality.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ATA Patient Affairs and Education

Online Thyroid Patient information in English and Spanish. Special e-news of latest research sent to 10,000 subscribers - patients and public. News alerts of pharma availability and recalls. Awareness initiatives to increase understanding and knowledge of thyroid disease and thyroid cancer.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Population(s) Served

Adults

Females, all ages or age unspecified

None

Budget

600,000

Program 2

ATA Research Grant Program

American Thyroid Association (ATA) Research Grant Program

The ATA is committed to supporting research in better ways to diagnose and treat thyroid disease. The generosity of members, patients, industry, and donors in the workplace has enabled the ATA to award 88 thyroid research grants totaling $2,376,000 since the inception of the Research Fund. The ATA collaborates with ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors, Inc. and Thyroid Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (THANC) to provide the rigor of scientific peer-review on qualified grant requests.

Category

Medical Research

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

518,200

Program 3

ATA Publications

Official journals: Thyroid, Clinical Thyroidology, VideoEndocrinology, Clinical Thyroidology for the Public, SIGNAL member newsletter

Category

Medical Research

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

400,000

Program 4

Continuing Medical Education

The ATA Annual Meeting serves over 1000 attendees by offering 35+ hours of continuing medical education. Typically, we have over 150 faculty. In addition, we offer a Trainee Conference of 4 1/2 days to support endocrine, surgical and pediatric fellows' education.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

2,260,700

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

Target Population
People with cancer, People with diseases and illnesses

Connected to a Program?
ATA Patient Affairs and Education
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Interactive Media Award (IMA) for Outstanding Achievement for excellence across judging criteria and represents a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism.

2. Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

Target Population
People with cancer, People with diseases and illnesses

Connected to a Program?
ATA Publications
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The American Thyroid Association develops Clinical Practice Guidelines to provide guidance and recommendations for particular practice areas concerning thyroid disease and thyroid cancer.

3. Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

Target Population
Academics

Connected to a Program?
Continuing Medical Education
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Held the 15th International Thyroid Congress in October 2015 with over 400 faculty and 2500 thyroid specialists, endocrinologists, otolaryngologists, endocrine surgeons and trainees.

4. Number of press articles published

Target Population
Academics

Connected to a Program?
Continuing Medical Education
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Thyroid discoveries presented at the annual meetings of the American Thyroid Association. Prestigious lectureship presentations at the annual meeting.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    I. Constituencies and Member Benefits
    ATA has a narrow focus but reaches across the continuum from basic research to clinical practice and surgery. ATA serves its constituencies in a dynamic way, through engaged member participation and personalization of benefits.
    II. Publications and Guidelines
    ATA’s official journal, THYROID, has increased its impact factor dramatically. Clinical Thyroidology, ATA’s well-distributed online publication, summarizing and providing commentary on latest thyroid research articles, reaches a wide audience of physicians. Highly regarded ATA Guidelines for the management of thyroid disease impact the quality of patient care across all specialties.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    ATA wants to ensure that the Annual Scientific Meeting continues to grow and prosper. Specific campaigns to maintain and increase valued member constituencies such as Basic scientists, pediatric endocrinologists, pathologists, young investigators, surgeons, clinicians and corporate allies are underway. Publishing technology is driving major changes in the delivery and utilization of publications. ATA views the needs and benefits to the public and to its members in the light of advanced technologies, requiring a mix of educational and strategic approaches.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The ATA has a strong, tenured and loyal staff; albeit small in number. The ATA Board of Directors provides the perspective on the field of thyroidology which is strong academically and in the field. The commitment and investment of ATA members is remarkably vital and engaged. Endowments to support thyroid research have been expanded by members, the public and industry; strengthening the impact that the ATA is able to exert on the progress of thyroid discovery.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Growth in membership, research grant applications, diversity of constituencies, followers on social media; all measured by quantity.

    Quality of our publications, scientific meeting, educational offerings as measured by journal impact factor (increasing) and evaluations of our Continuing Medical Education.

    Survey data related to the clinical management of thyroid disease indicating the involvement of our members in the assessment of practice and patient care.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The ATA is actively expanding its professional journals to provide the scientist, the clinician and the surgeon with the latest information and findings in thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. The ATA is working towards an increase of continuing medical education for year round enduring value of the annual meeting. Assessing the value of the social media efforts and how the quality educational products are benefiting the public and patients is a challenge - it is easy to measure the numbers of 'followers' but more difficult to assess our impact on awareness of quality information. Major obstacles to our vision lie in the limitations of few staff and hours in the day. What works is our governance structure, our functional committees who strive to accomplish and fulfill their charge, our thyroid experts who donate time, energy and commitment to developing guidelines for clinical management of thyroid disease.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

All of USA and Canada.  Research grants extended internationally.  Website information is accessible world-wide.

Social Media

Videos

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Financials

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AMERICAN THYROID ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Thyroid Association, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Barbara Rath Smith

BIO

Barbara "Bobbi" Smith has been in the ‘association non-profit world’ since 1988 when she started with the American Thyroid Association (ATA) as the first full-time and only staff person.  She was invited back to the ATA in 2001 to become its first executive director which included moving the headquarters’ office from New York to the DC metro area after an 8 year hiatus.  The ATA has grown from a single staff to a staff of 5 in those 10 years that she has served as the executive director.  Prior to this term at the ATA, she served as the Director of the Foundation and Government Relations for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) from 1997-2001. She earned her CAE in May of 2000.  For 3 years from 1994-1997, she was Associate Director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and directed the process of the registration of 5000 journalists of color at Unity '94 - the first-ever meeting of the 4 minority journalism associations, in addition to directing meetings, managing the membership database and financial operations.  From 1988-1993, she was executive administrator of the ATA when the national headquarters was based at Walter Reed AMC in Washington, D.C.
Bobbi is a native Washingtonian, graduated from Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia) and has lived in DC, Maryland and Virginia all her life.  She was a neuropsychology technician at the VA Hospital in DC in the early to mid ‘70s. She trained as a Psychodramatist at St. Elizabeths Psychiatric Hospital from 1972-1973. Bobbi engaged in graduate studies at the University of Maryland College Park (Counseling and Personnel Services) and at the University of Virginia Extension (Urban and Environmental Planning).

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The ATA is a remarkable organization of scientists and clinicians dedicated to the best outcomes for patients.  Every program of the ATA has as its goal the increased understanding of the thyroid so that the body of knowledge related to thyroid disease and thyroid cancer benefits the people who suffer from those diseases and those cancers."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. John C. Morris, MD

Mayo Clinic Rochester

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity