We’re thrilled to announce our latest addition to the BOOST Thyroid team, Dr. Brittany Henderson MD as a medical advisor.
Dr. Henderson is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. She has advanced training in thyroid disorders and completed her endocrinology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Her practice in Charleston, South Carolina specializes in autoimmune thyroid conditions. Together with BOOST Thyroid, she’ll help us improve and shape the future of thyroid care.
We spoke to Dr. Henderson about her work.
Why did you decide to specialize in thyroid health?
Henderson: As a resident physician, I fell in love with the field of endocrinology. Hormone regulation is remarkably precise and intricate. It’s amazing how perfect hormone levels must be in order to maintain human health. A seemingly small disruption of one hormone can have dramatic and long-lasting effects on the human body and can adversely affect other hormonal pathways. Thyroid hormone is one of the most important hormones in the body, as many of us know. As a resident physician, I saw how profoundly thyroid disease affected patients’ lives-and I truly wanted to help make a difference.
Tell us about your research.
Henderson: Since my early clinical years I have been involved in thyroid research. I have participated in both animal and human studies and my work has been featured on the cover of Thyroid and other peer-reviewed journals. Specifically, my work has focused on novel signaling pathways (for new drug therapies) in thyroid cancer. I have also designed studies looking at gene and protein expression pathways in papillary thyroid cancer to help identify high risk thyroid tumors. More recently, I am focusing on research projects dedicated to patients with Hashimoto’s Disease and other forms of autoimmune thyroid disease. Unfortunately, research is lacking in this area. In order to properly treat thyroid patients, well-designed clinical trials evaluating thyroid medicine dosing, vitamin and supplement recommendations, and diet is greatly needed.
What’s the most common question you get as a thyroid doctor?Henderson: “Why has it taken so long for me to get a diagnosis and why is it so hard to find a doctor who knows how to treat this?”
Case in point: we need to do better. As endocrinologists, naturopaths, and primary physicians, we need to diagnose thyroid diseases much earlier, have more solid care recommendations, and train the next generation of providers on how to correctly treat the disease. People can and are living well with thyroid illness. We need to improve available care worldwide.
What makes you excited about working with BOOST Thyroid?
Henderson: I am most excited about working with BOOST thyroid because it embodies the future of thyroid care. The app brings together a community of knowledgeable patients, researchers, and providers with goals of improving education and awareness, optimizing patient self-evaluation, improving the patient-physician thyroid conversation, and paving the way for thyroid-specific research. It offers an “at-your-fingertips” approach to widespread dissemination of scientifically-based thyroid facts, knowledge, and resources. I am so happy to be a part of the BOOST team! As a thyroid community, we can and will do better in optimizing thyroid care!
Originally published at https://www.boostthyroid.com on June 6, 2019.