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David Terris, MD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

David Terris, MD

Director of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center | Augusta University


He performs minimally invasive thyroid/parathyroid surgery and pioneered a robotic facelift thyroidectomy that eliminates a visible scar.



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David Terris is a Regents Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Augusta University and Surgical Director of the Augusta University Thyroid Center.

He received his college degree with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Cornell University and his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Duke University. He completed residency in Otolaryngology and a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery at Stanford University. Dr. Terris then joined the faculty at Stanford and as an NIH-funded investigator was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure before being recruited to the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Terris is a pioneer in robotic and minimally invasive thyroid surgery and has a busy clinical practice that is limited to thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He has developed a new Robotic facelift thyroidectomy that results in a "scarless" surgery. Most recently, he became President of the Georgia Society of Otolaryngology, and the Chair of the Otolaryngology Advisory Council of the American College of Surgeons.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Thyroid Disorders

Parathyroid Disorders

Robotic Surgery



Accomplishments (5)

America's Top Doctors (professional)


Dr. David Terris has been listed among Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery since 2000.

America's Top Doctors for Cancer (professional)


Dr. Terris has been listed among Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors for Cancer for more than a decade.

Presidential Citation (professional)


American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Excellence in Teaching Award (professional)

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (1997)

Resident Teaching Award (professional)

Stanford University (2002)

Affiliations (4)

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Thyroid Association
  • American Head and Neck Society

Media Appearances (6)

Terris receives Presidential Citation

Jagwire News  online


Dr. David Terris, a Regents’ Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Georgia, is the recipient of a 2017 Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The awards recognize individuals who have left a personal imprint on the life and career of the academy’s president and/or have made a lasting impression through their contributions and dedication to the academy. Terris will be recognized at the group’s annual meeting this week in Chicago.

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Dr. Terris Talks Thyroid Surgery

YouTube  online


Surgical Director David Terris, M.D., is a pioneer in minimally invasive and robotic thyroid surgery and parathyroid surgery. Together with his team, they provide the latest diagnostics, care and surgery for the full range of thyroid problems and parathyroid problems.

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Terris co-edits new textbook on thyroid, parathyroid surgery

EurekAlert!  online


How robots enable no-neck-scar thyroid surgery and advanced imaging helps surgeons track down often elusive, tiny parathyroid glands are timely topics for a new comprehensive textbook for endocrine surgeons.

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Terris co-edits first textbook on thyroid surgery complications

EurekAlert!  online


Dr. David Terris, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, is an editor of the first textbook on thyroid surgery complications.

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Thyroid surgery costlier with robotic system

Chicago Tribune  online


Surgery to remove part of the thyroid gland is twice as expensive when it's done with the help of a robot rather than by a surgeon alone, according to a new study.

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Facelift technique helps eliminate scarring in thryoid surgery

The Doctors  tv


Dr. David Terris and a patient explain benefits of facelift technique in thyroid surgery.

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Articles (3)

Active surveillance for papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: New challenges and opportunities for the health care system

Endocrine Practice

2016 The dramatic increase in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is primarily a result of early diagnosis of small cancers. Active surveillance is a promising management strategy for papillary thyroid microcarcinomas (PTMCs).

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American Thyroid Association Statement on Remote-Access Thyroid Surgery

American Thyroid Association Surgical Affairs Committee

2016 Remote-access techniques have been described over the recent years as a method of removing the thyroid gland without an incision in the neck. However, there is confusion related to the number of techniques available and the ideal patient selection criteria for a given technique.

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Continuous Vagal Nerve Monitoring: Too Much of a Good Thing?

World Journal of Surgery

2016 I am honored by the invitation to provide commentary on this important paper in order to bring further perspective to their findings, and to place them within the context of modern neck endocrine surgery.

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