Sanziana Roman, MD

Endocrine surgeon

Dr. Sanziana Roman is an endocrine surgeon with two decades of experience in treating tumors of the adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid glands. With a particular interest in minimally invasive techniques, she is one of the few surgeons around the world who frequently perform posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy, a procedure for removing adrenal glands from the back that has advantages over the more common approach from the front.

Roman has extensive experience in treating thyroid growths in children and adolescents, as well as adults. She sees patients with conditions including goiters, Graves' disease, thyroid cancer and congenital hypothyroidism with goiter. She also has expertise in inherited syndromes such as multiple endocrine neoplasias, a group of rare disorders in which the endocrine glands develop tumors.

Roman earned her medical degree at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed a residency in general surgery at Yale School of Medicine. Prior to joining UCSF, she was chief of endocrine surgery at Yale for 13 years and later served on the faculty of Duke University for more than five years, becoming a tenured professor of surgery. She was also associate chief of the Duke Advanced Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Surgery Division. She established Duke's centers for adrenal disease and pediatric thyroid disease.

Roman has been listed in the publication “America's Top Doctors.” Numerous medical journals — including JAMA Surgery, Annals of Surgery and Thyroid — have published her research. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and belongs to the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, American Thyroid Association, Endocrine Society, Society of University Surgeons and American Surgical Association.

Prior to becoming a surgeon, Roman was an opera singer. Her love of singing and surgery have combined into a passion for using her skills to save the voices of patients undergoing neck operations.


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.

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Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons 1994


Yale School of Medicine, General Surgery 1999