Jennifer Hong Kuo, MD

Endocrine Surgery
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Dr. Jennifer H. Kuo is a board-certified surgeon-scientist nationally recognized for her expertise in the surgical treatment of thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal diseases. Dr. Kuo is an accomplished, high-volume surgeon in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including trans-oral thyroidectomy and robotic adrenalectomy. She is one of the leading international experts in ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules and spearheaded the new Interventional Endocrinology program at Columbia. Dr. Kuo also serves as Program Director of the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Program and the Endocrine Surgery Research program. Her research focuses on the use of predictive algorithms to improve and optimize care for endocrine patients, and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the safe adoption of new technology in surgical care. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Surgical Research, and serves on the Editorial Board for The World Journal of Surgery and VideoEndocrinology. Her commitment to excellent, innovative, and personalized care has been repeatedly recognized by Super Doctors and New York Magazine's Top Doctor Awards.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adrenal and Pituitary Disease
  • Adrenal Cancer
  • Adrenal Disorder
  • Adrenal Gland Biopsy
  • Adrenal Gland Disorders
  • Adrenal Incidentaloma
  • Adrenal Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Adrenal Mass
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Adrenal Tumor
  • Alcohol Ablation of Thyroid Cyst
  • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer (ATC)
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Disorder of Adrenal Gland
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Endocrine Tumor
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MTC)
  • Men 1 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1)
  • Men 2 (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2)
  • Metastasis to Adrenal Gland
  • Metastatic Thyroid Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
  • Multinodular Goiter
  • Needle Thyroid Biopsy
  • Neuroendocrine Carcinoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor
  • Overactive Thyroid
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Parathyroid Neoplasm
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Primary Aldosteronism
  • Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Recurrent Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroid Fine Needle Biopsy
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Mass
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Thyroid Removal
  • Thyroid Rfa
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroid Tumor
  • Total Thyroidectomy
  • Toxic Thyroid Nodule
  • Ultrasound Guidance For Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Surgery at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Interventional Endocrinology Program
  • Program Director, Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Program
  • Director, Endocrine Surgery Research Program

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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161 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 829
New York, NY 10032
155 White Plains Road
Suite W100
Tarrytown, NY 10591
177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • EPO - New York Services
  • HMO - New York Services
  • POS - New York Services
  • PPO - New York Services

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Special Needs


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • 2006 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: 2007 University of California Davis Medical Center

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • Chinese American Medical Society
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • Endocrine Society
  • Association of Academic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • Society of Asian Academic Surgeons-Association of Women Surgeons Visiting Professorship Award, 2020
  • Kenneth A. Forde, MD Junior Faculty Award, 2019
  • Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar (EWIMS), 2019
  • Top Doctors Award, 2019
  • The Leading Physicians in the World: Top Endocrine Surgeon, 2018-19
  • Super Doctors ‘Rising Stars’ Award, 2016-2019
  • Super Doctors Award, 2020


Selected Publications

  1. Kuo JH, Chen Y, Kluger M, Lee JA, Wright J. Perioperative Opioid Use Among Patients Undergoing Endocrine Surgical Operations. Ann Surg. 2020 Jan 14. PMID:31972644
  2. Liu M, Sum M, Cong E, Colon I, Bucovsky M, Williams J, Kepley A, Kuo J, Lee JA, Lazar RM, Marshall R, Silverberg S, Walker MD. Cognition and cerebrovascular function in primary hyperparathyroidism before and after parathyroidectomy. J Endocrinol Invest. 2019 Oct 16. PMID: 31621051
  3. Liu M, Williams J, Kuo J, Lee JA, Silverberg S, Walker MD. Risk factors for vertebral fracture in primary hyperparathyroidism. Endocrine. 2019 Oct 3. PMID: 31583576
  4. *Pearlstein S, ^Kuo JH, Chabot JA, Lee JA. Periadrenal Volume is a Better Predictor of Prolonged Operative Time in Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal Adrenalectomy than BMI. World J Surg. 2020 Feb;44(2):578-584. PMID: 31820058
  5. *Huang, BL, Lee JA, Chabot JC, ^Kuo JH. Molecular profiling does not significantly contribute to the diagnostic algorithm for the prediction of malignancy in thyroid nodules. Surgery. 2019 Sep 9. PMID: 31515126.
  6. *Madani A, Grover K, Kuo JH, Mitmaker EJ, Shen W, Beninato T, Livhits M, Smith PW, Miller BS, Sippel RS, Duh QY, Lee JA. Defining the competencies for laparoscopic transabdominal adrenalectomy: an investigation of intra-operative behaviors and decisions of experts. Surgery. 2019 Oct 22. PMID: 31653489
  7. *Huang BL, Ebner S, Masnit J, Hibbert-Bentley S, McConnell RJ, Lee JA, Hecht E, ^Kuo JH. A Multidisciplinary Head-to-Head Comparison of American College of Radiology Imaging and Reporting Data System (ACR TI-RADS) and American Thyroid Association (ATA) Ultrasound Risk Stratification Systems. Oncologist. 2019 Nov 18. PMID: 31740569
  8. *Graves C, Lee JA, Kuo JH. Biochemical profile affects IOPTH kinetics and cure rate in primary hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg. 2019 Sep 11. PMID: 31511943
  9. *Pearlstein S, Salerno MM, Lee JA, Chabot JC, Kuo JH. Health Disparities in Access to Adrenal Metastasectomy: An Analysis of the HCUP-NIS Database From 2007 to 2011. World J Surg. 2019 October 3. PMID: 31583457
  10. *Graves CE, Chabot JA, Lee JA, Kuo JH. Vitamin D does not affect intraoperative parathyroid hormone kinetics: a mixed linear model analysis. J Surg Res. 2019 Apr 24;241:199-204.
  11. Pendrick DM, Oberg JA, Hsiao SJ, Chung WK, Koval C, Sireci A, Kuo JH, Satwani P, Glasser CL, Sulis ML, Mansukhani MM, Glade Bender JL. Identification of a secondary RET mutation in a pediatric patient with relapsed acute myeloid leukemia leads to the diagnosis and treatment of asymptomatic metastatic medullary thyroid cancer in a parent: a case of sequencing the germline. Molecular Case Studies. 2019 Apr 1;5(2)
  12. *McManus C, Yeh R, Chabot JA, Lee JA, Kuo JH. A comparison of 4DCT-MIBI-SPECT, 4DCT and MIBI-SPECT: 4DCT is sufficient preoperative imaging to guide parathyroidectomy. Arch Surg. 2019 Feb 18.
  13. *Yeh R, Tay DY, Dercie L, Bandeira L, McManus C, Kuo JH, Lee JA, Bilezikian JP. Diagnostic Performance of 4D-CT and Sestamibi SPECT/CT in Localizing Parathyroid Adenomas in Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Radiology. 2019 Mar 3:182122. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2019182122.
  14. Kuo JH, McManus C, Graves CE, Madani A, Khokhar MT, Huang B, Lee JA. Updates in the management of Thyroid Nodules. Curr Probl Surg. 2019 Mar;56(3):103-127.
  15. Kuo JH, Duh QY, Chen H, Lai V, Sorensen MJ, Chabot JA, Lee JA. The Evolving Practice Patterns of Academic Endocrine Surgeons: A Cross-sectional analysis of the Faculty Practice Solutions Center Database 2014-2017. Ann Surg, 2018 Nov 6.
  16. *Lee DT, Walker MD, Chen HY, Chabot JA, Lee JA, ^Kuo JH. Bone mineral density changes after parathyroidectomy are dependent on biochemical profile. Surgery. 2018 Oct 13. pii: S0039-6060(18)30508-7. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2018.04.065.
  17. *Tay YD, Yeh R, Kuo JH, McManus C, Lee JA, Bilezikian JP. Pre-operative localization of abnormal parathyroid tissue by 99mTc-sestamibi in primary hyperparathyroidism using four-quadrant site analysis: an evaluation of the predictive value of vitamin D deficiency. Endocrine. 2018 Apr;60(1):36-45.
  18. *Lim JY, Herman MC, Bubis L, Epelboym I, Allendorf JD, Chabot JA, Lee JA, ^Kuo JH. Differences in single gland and multigland disease are seen in low biochemical profile primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2016 Nov 12.
  19. *Park J, Kuo JH, Young N, Wong MS. Rigid Sternal Fixation versus Modified Wire Technique for Post-Sternotomy Closures: A Retrospective Cost Analysis". Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Oct 6.
  20. *McManus C, Wingo M, Chabot JA, Lee JA, ^Kuo JH. Septugenarians are at high risk of mortality with adrenal metastasectomy: an analysis of the HCUP-NIS database 1992-2011. World J Surg. 2016 May 3.
  21. Kuo JH, Chabot JA, Lee JA. Increased incidence of thyroid cancer among breast cancer survivors: an analysis of the SEER 9-database. International Journal of Endocrine Oncology (2016) 3(1), 21-31
  22. Troppmann C, Santhanakrishnan C, Kuo JH, Bailey CM, Perez RV, Wong MS. Impact of panniculectomy on transplant candidacy of obese patients with chronic kidney disease declined for kidney transplantation because of a high-risk abdominal panniculus: A pilot study. Surgery. 2016 Jun;159(6):1612-22.
  23. *Lee L, Theodosopoulos E, Mitmaker EJ, Lee JA, Chabot JA, Kuo JH. Diagnostic Lobectomy for Thyroid Nodules >4cm with Benign Cytology after Fine-Needle Aspiration is Associated with Improved Outcomes at an Acceptable Cost Compared to Observation: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. Thyroid. 2016 Feb;26(2):271-9
  24. Kuo JH, Chabot JA, Lee JA. Increased incidence of breast cancer among thyroid cancer survivors: an analysis of the SEER 9-database. Surgery. 2016 Jan;159(1):23-9.
  25. Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, James BC, Nagar S, Kaplan S, Seng V, Ahsan H, Angelos P, Kaplan EL, Guerrero MA, Kuo JH, Lee JA, Mitmaker EJ, Moalem J, Ruan DT, Shen WT, Grogan RH. Risk Factors for Decreased Quality of Life in Thyroid Cancer Survivors: Initial Findings from the North American Thyroid Cancer Survivorship Study. Thyroid. 2015 Dec;25(12):1313-21
  26. *Bailey CM, Troppmann C, Kuo JH, Wong MS. Panniculectomy in end-stage renal disease: 6-year experience of performing panniculectomy in preparation for renal transplant. Ann Plast Surg. 2015: May;74 Suppl 1:S9-S11
  27. Kuo JH, Pasieka JL, Parrack KM, Chabot JA, Lee JA. Endocrine Surgery in Present-Day Academia. Surgery. 2014 Dec;156(6):1461-70
  28. Kuo JH, Lee JA, Chabot JA. Nonfunctional Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors, Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Jun;94(3):689-708.
  29. Kuo JH, Cuevas I, Chen AS, Dunn AA, Kuri M, Bahrami B, Boudreau N. Secreted HoxA3 Maintains Epidermal Proliferation in Genetically Modified Three-dimensional Composite Skin Constructs and Prolongs Graft Integrity in Nude Mice. Adv Wound Care. 2013 Nov 11; online ahead of print.
  30. Cisco RM, Kuo JH, Scholten A, Gosnell JE, Clark OH, Duh Q, Shen WT. Obesity in Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism is Associated with Altered IOPTH Kinetics and Failure of IOPTH to Predict Persistent Disease. J Surg Res. 2013; 179(2):244-45.
  31. Cisco R, Kuo JH, Owaga L, Duh QY, Clark OH, Gosnell J, Shen WT. The Impact of Race on Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Kinetics: An Analysis of 910 Patients Undergoing
  32. Parathyroidectomy for Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Arch Surg. 2012 Nov 1;147(11):1036-40.
  33. Diaz SD, Kuo JH, Wallace T, Berkowitz CD, Yonekura ML, Smith LM. Differences Among Methamphetamine and Cocaine Dependent Pregnant and Parenting Women Enrolled in an Outpatient Treatment Program. Chapter 6, Methamphetamines: Abuse, Health Effects and Treatment Options. Nova Science Publishers, 2011.
  34. Kuo JH, Troppmann C, Perez RV, Wong MS. Panniculectomy in Preparation for Renal Transplant: A New Indication for an Old Procedure in Order to Reduce Renal Transplant-Associated Wound Complications. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2011 Dec. 128(6):1236-40.
  35. Kuo JH, Wong MS, Perez RV, Li CS, Lin TC, Troppmann C. Renal Transplant Wound Complications in the Modern Era of Obesity. J Surg Res. 2012 Apr;173(2):216-23. Epub 2011 Jul 13.
  36. Kuri M, Chen A, Kuo J, Belek K, Dunn A, Young D, Hansen S, Boudreau N. 145B: Topical HoxA5 and stabilization of vascular lesions. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2010 Jun.
  37. Dunn AA, Zeidler K, Devcic Z, Kuri M, Belek KA, Kuo JH, Young DM, Hoffmann WY, Hansen SL. 149B: Propanolol inhibits tubulogenesis in endothelioma cells and alters the expression of angiogenic genes in infantile hemangiomas. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2010 Jun.
  38. Dunn AA, Belek KA, Devcic Z, Rathnayake S, Kuo JH, Kuri M, Chang DS, Hansen SL. Surgical treatment options for subacute ischemia of the hand: case report and literature review. Eplasty. 2010 Apr 12;10:e30.
  39. Angelastro JM, Canoll PD, Kuo J, Weicker M, Costa A, Bruce JN, Greene LA. Selective destruction of glioblastoma cells in vitro and in vivo by interference with the activity or expression of ATF5. Oncogene. 2006 Feb 9;25(6):907-16.
  40. Smith LM, Chang L, LoPresti C, Yonekura ML, Kuo J, Walot I, Ernst T. Smaller subcortical volumes and cognitive deficits in children with prenatal methamphetamine exposure. Psychiatry Res. 2004 Dec 15;132(2):95-106.
  41. Chang CC, Heller JD, Kuo J, Huang RC. Tetra-O-methyl nordihydroguaiaretic acid induces growth arrest and cellular apoptosis by inhibiting Cdc2 and survivin expression. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Sep 7;101(36):13239-44.
  42. Smith L, Yonekura ML, Wallace T, Berman N, Kuo J, Berkowitz C. Effects of prenatal methamphetamine exposure on fetal growth and drug withdrawl symptoms in infants born at term, J Dev Behav Ped, 2003 Feb; 24(1): 17-23.
  43. Kuo JH, Smith, LM, Berkowitz CD. A Hair Tourniquet Resulting in Strangulation and Amputation of the Clitoris. Obstet Gynecol. 2002 May;99(5 Pt 2):939-41.
  44. Heller J, Kuo J, Wu TC, Kast M, Huang RC. Tetra-o-methyl Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid Induces G2 Arrest in Mammalian Cells and Exhibits Tumorcidal Activity in Vivo, Cancer Res. 2001 Jul 15;61(14):5499-504.
  45. Smith LM, Chang L, Yonekura L, Gilbride K, Kuo J, Poland RE, Walot I, Ernst T. Brain Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging in Children Exposed to Cocaine in Utero, Pediatrics. 2001 Feb;107(2):227-31.