The Thyroid and Parathyroid Center Surgeons

Maisie L. Shindo, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Maisie Shindo, MD

Dr. Shindo received her M.D. from The University of Southern California in 1984.  She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Southern California Los Angeles County Medical Center, and earned her Board Certification in 1989.  Subsequently, she pursued fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology at Northwestern University Hospital as well as a fellowship in Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at Ohio State University.  In 1991 she joined the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Southern California, where she gained national recognition for her work in micro-vascular head and neck reconstruction.  Dr. Shindo joined our department in 2008 as Professor and as the Director of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center, providing a full range of consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic service dedicated to patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders. She is also the director of Head & Neck Endocrine Surgery for the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Shindo has special expertise in the multidisciplinary management of complex thyroid and parathyroid disease.  She has performed pioneering work applying new strategies, including minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, performed under local anesthesia and minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy, an adaptation of the established laparoscopic procedure which provides patients the benefits of a much smaller incision, thus better cosmetic results.  Dr. Shindo’s microsurgical techniques, for which she completed advanced training, coupled with her precise operative skills offers the most sophisticated care available to our patients. Dr. Maisie Shindo, has been performing primarily endocrine surgery since 1991, and has dedicated her career to the management of thyroid and parathyroid diseases. Dr. Shindo has done well over 4,000 thyroid and parathyroid surgeries, and is nationally respected as one of the top endocrine surgeons in the United States.

Mira Milas, M.D.


Dr. Milas is an endocrine surgeon who is devoted to compassionate and expert care of patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Her background includes specialized training in general surgery, surgical oncology and endocrine surgery from Emory University School of Medicine and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. She was the founding director of the Thyroid Center at Cleveland Clinic, and is involved in numerous national and international activities in the field of thyroid and parathyroid disease.

At the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Dr. Milas will join the multidisciplinary oncology team, providing a full range of diagnosis and treatment services to patients with endocrine tumors, especially thyroid cancer. She serves as Director of Endocrine Surgery and member of the multidisciplinary Thyroid and Parathyroid Center. Her expertise also includes benign thyroid and parathyroid tumors, such as nodular thyroid disease and goiters, and hyperparathyroidism that can lead to kidney stones and significant osteoporosis.

With long-standing commitments to education and innovation, Dr. Milas’ research interests focus on molecular markers for thyroid cancer diagnosis, circulating cancer cells, hereditary thyroid cancer syndromes and novel phenotypes of parathyroid disease.

Neil D. Gross, M.D.

Neil Gross, MD - Head and Neck Surgery, Thyroid

Dr. Gross is an Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. He earned a B.A. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis before graduating Magna Cum Laude with an M.D. degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1998. He then completed an internship in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and subsequent residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. He also trained for 2½ years as a Senior Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Gross is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the advanced training council of the American Head and Neck Society.

Dr. Gross is an active physician, surgeon, and teacher. He presents his clinical and research work regularly to international colleagues, to medical students, and as part of the residency teaching program at OHSU. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has been published in industry journals, such as Laryngoscope, the Archives of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery, and Clinical Cancer Research. Dr. Gross introduced transoral robotic surgery (TORS) to OHSU in March 2010, offering patients a less invasive surgical approach for mouth and throat cancer treatment.

Other team members

Ondrea Pritchett, RN

Christy Marchant, RN

Stephanie McCommon - Surgery Scheduler

Angela Alway - Clinic Scheduler


For information about appointments with our thyroid/parathyroid center, please call 503 494-2544