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The one hundred honoree: Richard A. Hodin, MD

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The one hundred honoree: Richard A. Hodin, MD

Mass General Giving

When Morgan Cox was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer in 2008, he began a rigorous search for the best surgeon. He found Richard Hodin, MD, Mass General’s chief of endocrine surgery, who performed a thyroidectomy and left neck dissection in June 2008, followed by two more dissections in the following years. With an ornery cancer that lacks treatment options other than surgery, it’s unlikely that Morgan will ever be 100% cancer-free but Dr. Hodin and his team have given him the confidence and hope to survive the invasive disease.

Shared Morgan, “I am a 38-year-old single gay man who has dreamt of having a family for most of my life. With the cancer diagnosis in 2008 and subsequent surgeries, I lived in fear for years that my dreams of having a child were extinguished by my cancer diagnosis. However, after telling Dr. Hodin of my dream, he said ‘You are fine, we have this. Go live your life.’ I have contracted with a surrogate and egg donor and hope to have a successful embryo transfer in late November [2013]. I am carrying out the good doctor’s orders: ‘Go live your life.’”