Dr. Ralph Tufano

Dr. Ralph Tufano



Thyroid and Parathyroid Center

1901 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL 34239. Thyroid and Parathyroid Center at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Health Care System.



Head and Neck Surgery
Thyroid Surgery
Parathyroid Surgery

Dr. Ralph P. Tufano is the Director of the Division of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery and conducts thyroid and parathyroid surgery with a focus on optimizing outcomes.  He is a recognized world authority on the management of thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, benign thyroid diseases and parathyroid disease. He has expertise in the management of thyroid cancer nodal metastases, advanced and invasive thyroid cancers as well as recurrent thyroid cancers. His work in molecular markers, improving surgical outcomes, nerve monitoring and exploring novel treatment techniques for thyroid and parathyroid diseases has helped the medical field tailor and personalize treatment for patients with these conditions.

Dr. Tufano has performed every type of minimally invasive endoscopic and robotic thyroid and parathyroid surgery over the years and was director of the initial team that developed the now internationally accepted approach for the scarless transoral thyroidectomy and parathyroid surgery.

NEW: In accordance with section 456.47(4), Florida Statutes, Dr. Tufano has met the requirements to become an out-of-state telehealth provider for the state of Florida.

  • Board Certifications
  • American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2001)
  • Education and Surgical Training


MD; SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine (1995)


Otolaryngology; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2000)

Additional Training

American College of Surgeons / FACS

  • Memberships
  • American Thyroid Association, 2016
  • Elected to the board of directors
  • First otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon to hold this position


  • 100 Best Healthcare Providers in the State of Maryland, The American Health Council
  • Baltimore Top Docs – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Malignancies, Baltimore Magazine
  • Physician of the Year, Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams