Questions and Answers with Konstantinos Segkos, MD
Dr. Segkos joined the Thyroid Institue to Utah in the Summer of 2017. Get
to know our new Endocrinologist and hear how he may be able to assist
you or a loved one in need.
Why have you chosen endocrinology as your specialty?
I have been exposed to endocrine disorders since I was a child. My brother
had a craniopharyngioma, which is a tumor over the pituitary gland (the
“master gland”, which controls most of the hormones in our
body). It became big enough that he needed brain surgery. After the surgery
he lost the function of the pituitary gland and needed many hormones to
be replaced, including the thyroid hormone, adrenal (stress) hormone,
and growth hormone, as he was a child. In addition, I and many of my family
members have hypothyroidism and other thyroid disorders, so I have a good
understanding of what the patients with thyroid disorders are going through
and I want to help them improve their quality of life.
I also developed a scientific interest in endocrinology during medical
school. Of all the specialties, I found endocrinology to be the most interesting
and fascinating, because of the very complex and tight hormonal regulation
that takes place in our bodies. For example, the thyroid hormone is regulated
by the hypothalamus and pituitary, which are both in the brain. Multiple
feedback loops exist to make sure everything works as it should. On the
other hand, after the thyroid makes the thyroid hormone, it travels through
the blood and affects every cell in the body, in different ways!
Due to my personal and family’s experience with endocrine disorders,
and my fascination with the scientific aspect of this specialty, I knew
that I would make the greatest impact as an endocrinologist. I joined
the endocrinology fellowship at the Ohio State University, and was exposed
to many endocrine problems, many of which were very complex. As this was
a thyroid cancer center, I had great exposure to very complicated cases
of thyroid cancer. Through that experience, and my research on follicular
thyroid cancer, I saw the struggles of the patients with thyroid cancer
and other thyroid disorders, as well as parathyroid disorders. Thus, I
developed a deep sympathy for these patients, and made it my goal to become
an expert in benign and malignant thyroid disease, and parathyroid disorders.
2. How many years of experience do you have as a doctor?
I have 6 years of experience as a doctor. I graduated from medical school
in 2011. I then finished my Internal Medicine Residency in 2015, and my
Endocrinology Fellowship in 2017.
3. What drew your interests to practice at the Thyroid Institute of Utah?
I did a long and thorough search for a practice that matches my interests.
The Thyroid Institute of Utah was a perfect match! The practice specializes
in thyroid and parathyroid disorders, which is my area of interest. It
is located in an area where there is physician shortage, and my personal
goal is to make appropriate healthcare accessible to everyone. In addition,
I immediately felt the deep professionalism of my colleagues, their dedication
to their patients, and their need to stay up-to-date in their fields of
expertise, so that they can provide the best care for their patients.
These are attributes that I value and aspire to, and felt that this work
environment is ideal for me.
4. To this date, what achievement are you most proud of?
My greatest achievement as a doctor is when I was able to diagnose a patient
with high calcium with a very rare disease, which had a simple treatment.
After spending almost 2 years visiting many hospitals and doctors, struggling
with the effects of the high calcium which led to a very poor quality
of life, my patient was finally able to feel better and live a normal
life. On a more personal note, I believe that my overall greatest achievement
is the birth of my son.
5. What is the most rewarding aspect of being an endocrinologist?
It is the ability to improve my patients’ quality of life through
a long-term relationship, and the gratitude I see on their faces. When
I see this happening, it gives me strength to continue.