Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD

Ronald B. Kuppersmith, MD, FACSRon Kuppersmith, MD, FACS, is a board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon and is a Professor of Surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Prior to moving to Bryan-College Station, he practiced in Seattle, Washington at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, a tertiary care center for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and served on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington Medical School.

Dr. Kuppersmith is among the first surgeons in North America to successfully perform robot-assisted endoscopic thyroid surgery using the daVinci Surgical System. He has developed one of the largest experiences outside of South Korea and is frequently invited to teach other surgeons. Patients from around the United States, Europe and the Middle East have traveled to College Station for him to perform their surgery, and surgeons from around the North America as well as other countries have traveled to observe him and learn the technique. He also has designed instrumentation necessary for the procedure, which is used by many other surgeons. He has co-edited a textbook, Robotic Surgery of the Head and Neck: The Essential Guide.

Dr. Kuppersmith has served as the President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as President of the Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and on the Board of Trustees of the College Station Medical Center. He is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has received numerous awards including being selected by his peers for inclusion in the "Best Doctors in America", named by his peers to the "Texas Super Doctors" list published in Texas Monthly, the “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, a Distinguished Service Award and an Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngoscope, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Clinical Thyroidology for Patients, ENT Today, ENT and Audiology News and ENT Journal. He has given over 150 invited lectures in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Dr. Kuppersmith is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Charter Member of the Society of Robotic Surgery and is a member of the American Thyroid Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Brazos-Robertson County Medical Society.

Dr. Kuppersmith attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate degree and for medical school. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas which included service at the Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Childrens Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Recent Publications:

Kuppersmith RB. Innovative Approaches to the Thyroid Gland. ENT & Audiology News.  September/October 2012. 21(4): 64-65.

Newman JG, Kuppersmith RB, O'Malley BW Jr. Robotics and Telesurgery in Otolaryngology. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, 2011; 44(6):1317-1731.

Kuppersmith RB, Holsinger FC. Robotic Thyroid Surgery: An Initial Experience with North American Patients. The Laryngoscope, 2011 March; 121(3); 521-526.

Perrier ND, Randolph GW, Inabnet WB, Marple BF, Vanheerden J, Kuppersmith RB. Robotic Thyroidectomy: a Framework for New Technology Assessment and Safe Implementation.Thyroid. 2010 Dec;20(12):1327-32.

Holsinger FC, Terris DJ, Kuppersmith RB. Robotic Thyroidectomy: Operative Technique Using a Transaxillary Approach without CO2 Insufflation. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2010: 43:381-388.

Orloff LA, Kuppersmith RB. American Thyroid Association's Central Neck Dissection Terminology and Classification for Thyroid Cancer Consensus Statement. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2010: 142(1): 4-5.

Kuppersmith RB. Robotic Thyroid Surgery - Initial Impressions. ENT & Audiology News. November-December 2009.

Kuppersmith RB, Salem A, Holsinger FC. Advanced Approaches for Thyroid Surgery. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2009: 141(3): 340-342.