Int J Thyroidol.  2018 May;11(1):7-10. 10.11106/ijt.2018.11.1.7.

Establishment of Korean Thyroid Association-10 Years of Development in Internal Medicine

  • 1Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, Department of Medicine and Thyroid Center, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


The Korean Thyroid Association originated from the Korean Thyroid Research Society which was established in 1977. It maintained through the Thyroid Committee of the Korean Endocrine Society, which was established in 1986, and it was finally launched in 2008. In the 1980s and 1990s, the main research topic was autoimmune thyroid disease, and in the 2000s, thyroid cancer became the main focus in the research field. The detection of thyroid cancer has soared with the introduction of high-resolution ultrasonography into the diagnosis of thyroid disease. The social problems caused by the rapid increase of thyroid cancer have been emerged and various recommendations have been made accordingly. Education programs for Korean and foreign doctors have been made. The Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) and other governmental agencies have created data on the thyroid disease in Korea.


Korean Thyroid Association; Ultrasonography; Thyroid cancer; Guideline; Nationwide study
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