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Sanziana A. Roman, M.D., FACS

Sanziana A. Roman, M.D., FACS

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Division of Surgical Oncology
  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • in the Procedural Specialties
  • Dean’s Diversity Leader for Leadership
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • UCSF School of Medicine

Contact Information

1600 Divisadero Street, Room A726 Box 1674
San Francisco CA 94143
[email protected]
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Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1990 B.A.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 1994 M.D.

  • Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT Internship 1994-95
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT General Surgery Residency 1995-99
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Aldosteronoma
  • Conn's Syndrome
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Laparoscopic Endocrine Surgery
  • Multinodular Goiter
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) Syndromes
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pediatric Thyroid Surgery
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Posterior Retroperitoneoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodules
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • Outcomes Analysis
  • Patient Reported Outcomes
  • Professional Development
  • Romanian, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Sanziana A. Roman, M.D., FACS is Professor of Surgery with a clinical interest in endocrine and minimally invasive surgery, with a focus in thyroid and adrenal diseases, including pediatric and adult endocrine tumors. She is one of few high-volume adrenal surgeons around the country performing posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy. She is the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed publications in outcomes analysis, cost-effectiveness/decision analysis, meta-analysis, and survey-based methodologies, as well as stem cell research.

Dr. Roman currently serves as the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Procedural Specialties and the Dean's Diversity Leader for Leadership Equity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She has a national and international reputation in endocrine surgery and education, having served as the Co-Director of the Fellowship Programs of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and is an active member of leadership committees of several national academic societies, including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery and the American Thyroid Association.

Prior to her arrival at UCSF, she was a tenured Professor of Surgery at Duke University, where she served as the Director of the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Program and the Associate Chief of the Division of Advanced Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Dr. Roman organized a symposium about women in surgery, reported on in the World Journal of Surgery in June 2018. The result was powerful testimonials from women surgeons, from Europe to the United States,from Africa to Australia and Asia, reflecting the culture of the place where their career took place. Despite their cultural differences, they all had in common the struggle to establish themselves in the surgical profession, traditionally a male-dominated field.

  Confired By    
  • Member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators
  • American College of Surgeons
  • 2022
  • Member of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • UCSF
  • 2020
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • UCSF
  • 2019
  • Barbara Troxell Prize in Music
  • Cornell University
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Falconer Prize for Operatic Performance
  • Cornell University
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Dr. Roman's research interests are in health services, clinical trials, and translational research. The endocrine research group has included collaborators from endocrinology, stem cells, biostatistics, pharmacoeconomics, health services research, surgery, pathology, and medical and radiation oncology. Using sophisticated methodologic and biostatistical approaches, the research is focused on identifying ways to optimize patient clinical and economic outcomes following surgery and adjuvant treatments focused in the arena of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas diseases. Practice guidelines have changed as a result of this work. Dr. Roman has experience working with clinical and administrative databases, including Medicare-SEER, NCDB, NSQIP, and HCUP-US NIS, SID, and SASD. In addition, she is interested in educational research and equity in medicine.

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    1. Wilhelm A, Conroy PC, Calthorpe L, Frye W, Sosa JA, Roman S. Routine use of intraoperative nerve monitoring is associated with a reduced risk of vocal cord dysfunction after thyroid cancer surgery. BMC Surg. 2023 Aug 02; 23(1):215. View in PubMed
    2. O'Brien MT, Bullock JL, Minhas PK, Roman SA, Joshi P, Lupton KL, Hauer KE. From Eggshells to Action: A Qualitative Study of Faculty Experience Responding to Microaggressions Targeting Medical Students. Acad Med. 2023 Aug 01. View in PubMed
    3. Johnson CL, Colley A, Pierce L, Lin JA, Bongiovanni T, Roman S, Sudore RL, Wick E. Disparities in advance care planning rates persist among emergency general surgery patients: Current state and recommendations for improvement. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 06 01; 94(6):863-869. View in PubMed
    4. Pugh CM, Kirton OC, Tuttle JEB, Maier RV, Hu YY, Stewart JH, Freischlag JA, Sosa JA, Vickers SM, Hawn MT, Eberlein TJ, Farmer DL, Higgins RS, Pellegrini CA, Roman SA, Crandall ML, De Virgilio CM, Tsung A, Britt LD. Addressing the Surgical Workplace: An Opportunity to Create a Culture of Belonging. Ann Surg. 2023 04 01; 277(4):551-556. View in PubMed
    5. Davis S, Ullmann TM, Roman S. Disparities in Treatment for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid. 2023 03; 33(3):287-293. View in PubMed
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