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About Melanie Goldfarb, M.D., M.Sc., FACS, FACE

Dr. Melanie Goldfarb is a fellowship-trained endocrine surgeon and Director of the Center for Endocrine Tumors and Disorders at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Her expertise is minimally invasive surgery for thyroid cancer and disorders, hyperparathyroidism, and adrenal tumors, including pheochromocytoma, Cushings, Conns, and adrenal cancer. Additionally, Dr. Goldfarb is the Medical Director for Cancer Survivorship at Providence Saint John’s health Center, and has extensive experience in research and program development for Adolescent and Young Adult cancer, survivorship, supportive care, and cancer late effects.
After graduating from Brown University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, she completed her general surgery residency at Harvard Medical School and endocrine surgery fellowship at the University of Miami. She has been exclusively practicing endocrine surgery in Los Angeles since 2011 and has regularly been named a Southern California Rising Star.
Dr. Goldfarb practices personalized medicine, offering a ‘one-stop shop’ to patients for diagnosis and treatment plans. Her research focuses on quality of life, disparities, clinical outcomes for endocrine tumors, young adult cancer, second cancers, and cancer survivorship.


Present Director, Center for Endocrine Tumors and Disorders, Providence St. Joseph Health John Wayne Cancer Institute
Present Medical Director, Cancer Survivorship, Providence St. Joseph Health Providence St. John's Health Center

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, American Association Endocrine Surgeons
Member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Member, American College of Surgeons
Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Member, American Thyroid Association
Member, Association of Women Surgeons
Member, Children’s Oncology Group
Member, Critical Mass
Member, Endocrine Society
Member, International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
Member, International Guidelines Harmonization Group of Late Effects of Childhood Cancer – Thyroid
Member, Pacific Coast Surgical Society
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Member, Society of Surgical Oncology
Member, Western Surgical Society
Member, Women in Thyroidology
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Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Endocrinology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Aflac Young Investigator in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology AYA Innovative Cancer Research Award
  • SWOG Young Investigator Training Award
  • Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation / SSO Colorectal Cancer Research Award
  • John Wayne Travelling Fellow Grant
  • Zumberge Fund Individual Grant


2014 MS, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine ‐ Clinical, Translational, and Biomedical Investigation
2011 Fellowship, University of Miami ‐ Leonard M. Miller School Of Medicine
2010 MD, The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ College of Medicine
2010 General Surgery Resident, Harvard Medical School ‐ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2000 BS, Brown University ‐ Biology

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