Insoo Suh, MD

Endocrine surgeon

Dr. Insoo Suh is an endocrine surgeon specializing in diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. His clinical interests include the application of minimally-invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy and robotics, to endocrine surgery. He is an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Suh received a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and obtained his M.D. from UCSF. He also completed his surgical residency and endocrine surgery research fellowship at UCSF. He then completed an additional fellowship in surgical innovation from the Stanford University Biodesign Program before joining UCSF's faculty.

Suh has received several awards in recognition of his clinical and research achievements, including the Fred H. and Esther E. Nusz Achievement Award from UCSF, as well as the Basic Science Research Award from the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. He is an active associate member of several national organizations, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Suh has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters, and has served as an invited reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals. He is also an inventor of novel medical innovations, with several patent applications to his name and multiple grants to research and develop new technologies.

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Endocrine Surgery and Oncology Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7687
Fax: (415) 353-7781

Hours: Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

More about Insoo Suh


UCSF School of Medicine 2004


UCSF Medical Center, Surgery


UCSF Medical Center, Endocrine Surgery
Stanford University Biodesign Program, Surgical Innovation 2012

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Seib CD, Rochefort H, Chomsky-Higgins K, Gosnell JE, Suh I, Shen WT, Duh QY, Finlayson E. Association of Patient Frailty With Increased Morbidity After Common Ambulatory General Surgery Operations. JAMA Surg. 2017 Oct 11.
  2. 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. 2017 Sep 19.
  3. Suh I, Long SA, Coe J, Koehler J, Fry D, Welton ML. The Efficacy of a Novel Surgical Device in Preventing Intraoperative Wound Contamination in an In Vivo Porcine Model. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2017 Aug 28.
  4. Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Pasternak JD, Beninato T, Mitmaker EJ, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Freise CE, Duh QY. De novo thyroid cancer following solid organ transplantation-A 25-year experience at a high-volume institution with a review of the literature. J Surg Oncol. 2017 Feb; 115(2):105-108.
  5. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Beninato T, Drake FT, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Allen IE, Vriens MR, de Keizer B, Hope TA, Suh I. Diagnostic performance of computed tomography for parathyroid adenoma localization; a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Radiol. 2017 Mar; 88:117-128.
  6. Kluijfhout WP, Beninato T, Drake FT, Vriens MR, Gosnell J, Shen WT, Suh I, Liu C, Duh QY. Unilateral Clearance for Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Selected Patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1. World J Surg. 2016 Dec; 40(12):2964-2969.
  7. Beninato T, Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Lim J, Kwon JS, Xiong M, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Liu C, Suh I, Duh QY. Resection of Pheochromocytoma Improves Diabetes Mellitus in the Majority of Patients. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 May; 24(5):1208-1213.
  8. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Drake FT, Beninato T, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Suh I, C L, Duh QY. Application of the new American Thyroid Association guidelines leads to a substantial rate of completion total thyroidectomy to enable adjuvant radioactive iodine. Surgery. 2017 Jan; 161(1):127-133.
  9. Venkatesh S, Pasternak JD, Beninato T, Drake FT, Kluijfhout WP, Liu C, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Clark OH, Duh QY, Suh I. Cost-effectiveness of active surveillance versus hemithyroidectomy for micropapillary thyroid cancer. Surgery. 2017 Jan; 161(1):116-126.
  10. Applewhite MK, White MG, Xiong M, Pasternak JD, Abdulrasool L, Ogawa L, Suh I, Gosnell JE, Kaplan EL, Duh QY, Angelos P, Shen WT, Grogan RH. Incidence, Risk Factors, and Clinical Outcomes of Incidental Parathyroidectomy During Thyroid Surgery. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Dec; 23(13):4310-4315.
  11. Kluijfhout WP, Venkatesh S, Beninato T, Vriens MR, Duh QY, Wilson DM, Hope TA, Suh I. Performance of magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of first-time and reoperative primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2016 Sep; 160(3):747-54.
  12. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Lim J, Kwon JS, Vriens MR, Clark OH, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Suh I, Duh QY. Frequency of High-Risk Characteristics Requiring Total Thyroidectomy for 1-4?cm Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid. 2016 Jun; 26(6):820-4.
  13. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Drake FT, Beninato T, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Allen IE, Vriens MR, de Keizer B, Pampaloni MH, Suh I. Use of PET tracers for parathyroid localization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2016 Nov; 401(7):925-935.
  14. Suh I, Yingling C, Randolph GW, Duh QY. A Novel Method of Neuromonitoring in Thyroidectomy and Parathyroidectomy Using Transcutaneous Intraoperative Vagal Stimulation. JAMA Surg. 2016 Mar; 151(3):290-2.
  15. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Kwon JS, Lim J, Shen WT, Gosnell JE, Khanafshar E, Duh QY, Suh I. Microscopic Positive Tumor Margin Does Not Increase the Risk of Recurrence in Patients with T1-T2 Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 May; 23(5):1446-51.
  16. Pasternak JD, Epelboym I, Seiser N, Wingo M, Herman M, Cowan V, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Kerlan RK, Lee JA, Duh QY, Suh I. Diagnostic utility of data from adrenal venous sampling for primary aldosteronism despite failed cannulation of the right adrenal vein. Surgery. 2016 Jan; 159(1):267-73.
  17. Pasternak JD, Seib CD, Seiser N, Tyrell JB, Liu C, Cisco RM, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY. Differences Between Bilateral Adrenal Incidentalomas and Unilateral Lesions. JAMA Surg. 2015 Oct; 150(10):974-8.
  18. Shin DH, Kim HS, Park MJ, Suh IB, Shin KS. Utility of Access Soluble Transferrin Receptor (sTfR) and sTfR/log Ferritin Index in Diagnosing Iron Deficiency Anemia. Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2015; 45(4):396-402.
  19. Suh IS, Jung MS, Lee BH, Kim JH, Tak KS, Ahn DK. Classification and surgical correction of asymmetric calves in Asians. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Nov; 134(5):707e-716e.
  20. Schreinemakers JM, Vriens MR, Munoz-Perez N, Guerrero MA, Suh I, Rinkes IH, Gosnell J, Shen WT, Clark OH, Duh QY. Fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography scan-positive recurrent papillary thyroid cancer and the prognosis and implications for surgical management. World J Surg Oncol. 2012 Sep 17; 10:192.

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