American Thyroid Association, Inc.

Devoted to thyroid excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health

aka Thyroid Association, American   |   Alexandria, VA   |  www.thyroid.org

Mission

VISION: Optimal Thyroid Health for All MISSION: Transforming thyroid care through clinical excellence, education, scientific discovery and advocacy in a collaborative community VALUES: Scientific inquiry | Clinical excellence | Patient advocacy | Education | Public service | Diversity, equity and inclusion | Ethical conduct |Worldwide collaboration and collegiality

Ruling year info

1959

Executive Director

Ms. Amanda Perl

Main address

2000 Duke Street Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

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Formerly known as

American Goiter Association

EIN

41-6038600

NTEE code info

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

Medical Specialty Research (H90)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Educational support for early career endocrinologists, pediatric endocrinologists, otolaryngologist / head and neck surgeons and endocrine surgeons.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Achievement 2017

Interactive Media Award

Affiliations & memberships

ASAE Power of Silver Award for serving patients and physicians 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

ATA Patient Affairs and Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ASAE Power of A Silver Award in 2016 and Interactive Media Awards (IMA) for Outstanding Achievement for excellence high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism. 4 star charity.

Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

ATA Publications

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Thyroid Association develops Clinical Practice Guidelines to provide guidance and recommendations for particular practice areas concerning thyroid disease and thyroid cancer.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Continuing Medical Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Second year of record-breaking 88th Annual Meeting of the ATA had over 200 faculty and 1300 thyroid specialists, endocrinologists, head and neck surgeons, endocrine surgeons including 300 trainees.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Continuing Medical Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Thyroid discoveries presented at the annual meetings of the American Thyroid Association. Prestigious lectureship presentations at the annual meeting.

Median grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

ATA Research Grant Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Thyroid Association (ATA) has awarded 92 thyroid research grants totaling over $2.4 million since the inception of the Research Fund. ATA utilizes the NIH model in selection of grantees.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

ATA Research Grant Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The applicants are individuals from academic institutions in North America, Europe, South America, Asia and around the world. Six grants are awarded on a 2 year basis, based on a 4th quarter report.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics, Students

Related Program

Continuing Medical Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Ridgway Trainee Conference offers fellows and post-doctoral students advanced endocrine and thyroid educational in a collegial and highly interactive setting.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New visitors = 79% Returning visitors=21%

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The ATA has a diverse audience of clinical and research specialties that address thyroid function and thyroid cancer. We are restructuring our database fields to serve the growing audiences in the field so that every member can find their area of interest in the demographic record. This is also within the purview or our new Diversity, Inclusion and Equity task force which is advising us on gathering important information to demonstrate the people we serve as members, patients, the scientific community and the general public.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Thyroid Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD

Georgetown University Medical School

Term: 2019 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dr. Martha Zeiger

NIH

Term: 2019 - 2020

Amanda Perl

American Thyroid Association

Elizabeth Pearce, MD

Boston University Medical School

Martha Zeiger, MD

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Victor Bernet, MD

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD

Georgetown Univ School of Medicine

Julie Sosa, MD

UCSF

Joshua Klopper, MD

Kaiser Permanent

Angela Leung, MD

UCLA

J. Woody Sistrunk, MD

Jackson Endocrine Assoc

Ralph Tufano, MD

Johns Hopkins Med Inst

Douglas Forrest, PhD

NIH

Thomas Giordano, MD

Univ. Michigan

Megan Haymart, MD

Univ. Michigan

Naifa Busaidy

MD Anderson

Scott Rivkees

Univ. Florida

Antonio Di Cristofano

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/28/2020

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Leadership

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Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/20/2019

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.