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Disrupting the Norm: SurgMate’s Vision for Thyroid Ablation Training

On a recent trip to Taipei, I set out to learn firsthand how SurgMate was rewriting the rules of thyroid ablation training.

Tzu-Cheng (TC) Hsu and Chun-Min (Ryan) Su, SurgMate’s founders, greeted me with a mix of enthusiasm and humility that only true visionaries possess. As the conversation unfolded, they delved into a pressing issue in medical training: the ethical dilemma surrounding the use of dead animals in thyroid ablation training.


No more dead animals

Their response? An ingeniously devised prosthetic not only offers a more ethical solution but also brings superior precision and professionalism to the training process. The more they shared, the clearer it became that SurgMate was not just tweaking existing practices; they were spearheading a revolution.

Revolutionizing thyroid ablation training

As we delved deeper, the founders painted a vivid picture of the future — one where trainers across the globe could access these prosthetics, ensuring a standardized, professional, and ethically sound training methodology. Their vision extended beyond just product innovation. They spoke of collaborations, partnerships, and expansive market opportunities, driven by their unwavering commitment to advancing medical education.

What struck me most, however, was the broader implication of their work. SurgMate’s innovations hold the promise of reshaping medical training standards globally, setting new benchmarks of excellence and ethics.

SurgMate 2024

As our meeting concluded, I walked away with renewed optimism about the future of thyroid ablation training. In the bustling streets of Taipei, amidst the hum of daily life, SurgMate’s founders shared a glimpse of a transformative future. 

It’s a future that, thanks to their disruptive approach, seems both promising and imminent.


RFAMD stands as the global nexus for thyroid ablation expertise and patient resources. Committed to advancing the field of thyroid ablation, we connect patients with premier doctors, promote innovative techniques, and provide up-to-date information to empower informed healthcare decisions. Our community comprises leading thyroid ablation professionals dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life. Whether you’re a patient seeking guidance or a physician aiming to enhance your practice, RFAMD is your trusted platform. Discover, connect, and thrive with us at rfamd.com.

About Philip James

Philip, the Creative Director at RFAMD, is the driving force behind the Doctor Thyroid podcast. Motivated by a personal encounter with an ill-advised thyroidectomy at UCLA, he established the podcast to equip patients with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health. Broadcasting in both English and Spanish, Doctor Thyroid has attracted listeners from over 40 countries.

Beyond his podcasting endeavors, Philip also consults healthcare professionals, guiding them in enhancing their digital visibility. His impressive career trajectory includes roles as Chief Marketing Officer at Sightline Payments and at Gaming Analytics in Palo Alto.

For those interested in following Philip’s endeavors and insights more closely, he can be found on various social platforms:

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