Patient Testimonies

"I am very satisfied with Dr. Shifrin's handling of my surgery and his patience with me before, during, and after the procedure. My husband and I felt I was in the best hands possible. His staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Shifrin is the best. Patricia G 6/18/2013"

-- Patricia G. (New Jersey)

"Hearing that I may have thyroid cancer was especially frightening since it was so unexpected and I was 4 months pregnant. My husband & I also had a 4 year old son at home at the time. Meeting Dr. Shifrin was the best thing that could have happened to me. Dr. Shifrin is so amazing that he performed my total thyroidectomy, for papillary thyroid cancer, while I was awake, talking & pregnant with my second child in December 2011. My mother had papillary thyroid cancer 5 years prior so my family doctor routinely sent me for ultrasounds of my neck. A thyroid nodule was present so I was referred to an endocrinologist, who because of my family history, sent me to Dr. Shifrin because "He is the best!". After meeting and consulting with Dr. Shifrin I decided to have a biopsy done. Because of my pregnancy, I only wanted the use of a cold numbing spray and no anesthesia for the biopsy. It was not painful and only uncomfortable for a few moments. After the biopsy came back positive for cancer and molecular markers came back stating it was the aggressive type, it was best not to wait to have the surgery. Dr. Shifrin took the time & consulted with & wrote letters to all my doctors, my family doctor, endocrinologist, obstetrician and perinatologist. He also explained information to me as many times as I needed to hear it. He was very compassionate & understanding of my concerns about my baby's wellbeing and how I did not want my baby to receive any unnecessary medication. He performed my surgery in the beginning of my second trimester using a local regional block, no other anesthesia. I was awake and able to talk during the whole operation. The greatest comfort to me through it all was the fact that I could feel Dr. Shifrin by my side the whole time, he never left me. He also made sure my baby was ok through ultrasounds before & after surgery. I left the hospital that same day. I didn't need to take any pain medication following the procedure. Swallowing was uncomfortable for a few days afterward but no pain. I returned to work two weeks later. I can not say enough wonderful things about Dr. Shifrin & his team. I will forever be grateful. I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl, Alanah Noelle Smith on June 25, 2012 and I am now cancer free!"

-- Stacey Dionisio Smith (Toms River, New Jersey)

"Dr. Shifrin, You performed a total thyroidectomy on May 2nd.2013. Within 2 days, aside from the glue, I wouldn't have known I had surgery. Minimal pain and a slight sore throat from the anesthesia. I want to complement you on your surgical staff. They were compassionate, professional and very attentive to my circumstance. The OR nurses and the techs. worked well together and knew exactly what they needed to do. They should be very proud of the work they do. Also, the pre-op and discharge nurses were wonderful to me. They really seemed to care about their jobs and performed them well. You have a truly professional and caring staff. They made a difficult situation for me very tolerable. Thanks, Paul"

-- Paul (Toms River, NJ)

"If surgery could be wonderful, believe me it was. A yearly chest X-ray due to pulmonary problems,showed I had an enlarged thyroid and trrachial compression. After seeing an endocrinologist, I underwent several tests. The results showed several cold nodules one being very large. My endocrinologist sent me to Dr. Shifrin. Dr. Shifrin was very kind and caring. He explained what needed to be done and answered all my questions. He even asked one more time if I had any questions. My thyroid ectomy was scheduled for April 18, 2013 but a week before Linda called to ask if I would like to go on the 12th due to rescheduling. I wanted to say, "Oh, that"s ok. I'll just wait for the 18th." After speaking to my husband, we decided I should just get it over with. Linda was very kind and helpful. The day of my surgery, I was treated very kindly by everyone at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Nurse Amy took great care of me. Everyone involved with the surgery came and introduced themselves and told me what they would be doing to assist. My recovery went very well. David in discharge took good care of me. My surgery was on a Friday[my birthday],and by Sunday I was doing great. I did not need any pain meds. My sore throat eased each day. I consider myself very lucky to have had Dr. Shrifrin do my surgery. I would recommend him to everyone. Thank you Dr. Shifrin."

-- Rosemary Lipinski (Toms River)

"I want to thank dr.shifrin for an amazing, well planned, and fully executed surgery. After finding out I had a thyroid problem in 2011. It wasn't until march of 2013 when diagnose with thyroid cancer, papillary. I was a little bit rattled about the cancer and surgery. The doctor and his team gave me all the confidence I needed. Early April I had the surgery removing my entire thyroid and lymph nodes on left side. The next day I was walking around. A couple weeks later back to my normal life feeling great and no complications afterward. Dr. Shifrin thanks for wonderful job. "Doc you're the Ben Carson of endocrine surgery.. Gifted Hands" "

-- Markim (Asbury Park)

"At first I was nervous when I noticed a lump in my neck. I was referred to Dr. Shifrin by my endocrinologist. From the time I walked in the office I have felt at home. His staff is amazing. Their knowledge and joy put me at ease during a scary time. I couldn't be more pleased of the results. Megan and Linda are always a pleasure to see. Thank you to the entire staff."

-- Heather C (Colts Neck, NJ)

"I want to thank Dr Shifrin and his staff. Two weeks after the removal of a parathyroid nodule that caused an increase in Calcium in my blood stream, I feel great! The scar site is very small and difficult to see( I'm told it will fade even more),and my energy levels are high. It was amazing to feel the purging of all that extra Calcium from my blood stream and kidneys, I knew that I felt lousy but I was amazed at how fast this turned around. Thanks again!"

-- Krista (Aberdeen, NJ)

"I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in March 2013. I was lucky enough for find Dr. Shifrin first by myself thru the internet and to then have him referred to me by my endocrinologist. I could not have made a better choice! Dr. Shifrin took the time to sit and discuss my surgery and to answer every question I had. I had surgery to remove my thyroid on March 29. The surgery went well. Dr. Shifrin's team was outstanding. Each member of his surgical staff introduced themselves to me prior to surgery. Each explained their position and what the procedure would entail. Dr. Shifrin came to me in recovery when I had a few questions for him. I am happy to say that my results were good with the cancer contained in the thyroid. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has to go thru thyroid surgery. His professionalism and bedside manner well exceeded my expectations!"

-- Barbara Kozlowski (Freehold, NJ)

"Dr. Shifrin performed a parathyroidectomy on me in March 2013. He is truly a specialist in his field. I am an extremely anxious patient. Dr. Shifrin was able to fully explain the procedure and to answer any questions I had with confidence and with a willingness to reassure me that I had nothing to worry about. I truly did feel that I was in the best of hands. Dr. Shifrin and his team treated me with TLC from the time of my first visit through the surgery and post-op visit. Dr. Shifrin is truly a professional who has patience with his patients. Following surgery, I experienced no pain and have only the smallest of a scar right in the crease line of my neck. Thank you Dr. Shifrin for your excellence as a surgeon and for your kind manner."

-- Karen Mulligan (Hazlet, NJ)

"In the middle of January, 2013, my thyroid biopsy came back positive. On February 21 I had surgery and Dr. Shifrin removed the cancer and my thyroid. He also was able to remove and test 25 lymph nodes to evaluate whether the cancer had spread. I feel very fortunate and blessed that Dr. Shifrin and the entire team at Jersey Shore were available for my treatment. I am now getting ready to schedule my follow-up radioactive iodine treatment and fee like I am moving toward being 'cancer free'. Thanks "

-- Chris B (NJ)

"I would like to Thank Dr. Shifrin, his staff & the staff at Jersey Shore Medical Center for wonderful treatment given to me before & after my Thyroid Surgery .Dr. Shifrin was highly recommended to me by my family physician & by a family friend. From the 1st visit, Dr. Shifrin & his staff made me feel very comfortable, He took his time in explaining in detail the steps that were going to be taken leading up to & what was going to happen after my Thyroid was removed. I never imagined that I would go home the same day of the surgery feeling as good as I did, it has been almost 2 weeks since my surgery & everything is going as planned. Thank You again Dr.Shifrin.."

-- Charles (Manalapan NJ)

"Thank you Dr. Shifrin. One week after my total thyroid removal, I feel great. Better than I've felt in years. The staff in the OR was great. My incision is only 2 inches long and almost invisible. Since I was your last surgery of the day, I stayed overnight. My nurse was attentive, making sure that I drank and got up. I truly appreciate the caring attitude of everyone I came in contact with at Jersey Shore and especially you, Dr. Shifrin. "

-- Patricia Holovack (Bayville, NJ)

"I came to learn about Dr. Shifrin from a peer who was treated by him for her cancerous thyroid. I immediatley made an appointment to see him and was not disappointed. He met with my husband and I for approximately 45 minutes-which is unheard of-and right then and there I knew he was the Doctor for me. He fully explained my condition and what my options were. I felt so comfortable with him that I arranged my surgery date before leaving his office. The day of surgery he again fully explained what course of action he would take depending on what he found when he started the surgery. Everthing that he advised would happend did. He removed the left side of my thyroid-which was found to be pre-cancerous. He also personally called the day after surgery to see how I was. My post op visit was again very enlightening and informing. I think the thing that impressed me most, besides being a great surgeon, is that he took his time with me, answered all of my questions, and did not have his hand on the door knob as I was asking questions waiting to leave the room. I was considering going to New York or Pennsylvania for a third opinion-all I had to do was look in my own backyard-there was Dr. Shifrin! My family doctor told me how impressed she was with him after reading the report outlining his course of action for my treatment. In this day and age it is so wonderful when you find a Doctor like Dr. Shifrin."

-- Christine McManus (Point Pleasant, NJ)

"I recently had my entire thyroid removed by Dr. Shifrin in December. I knew eventually I would have to have some type of surgery on it, so I was really looking for a surgeon who specialized in the thyroid. After reading about him and speaking with medical personnel both in and out of the Meridian Health network, I was consistenty told Dr. Shifrin was an excellent surgeon. I had total confidence in him. His website with information about the surgery is also excellent. It helped you understand what to expect. The day of the surgery, the surgical team came to my room and introduced themselves. Each person explained what their responsibility was during the surgery. They were so friendly and caring. They really put you at ease. They probably don't even realize how positively that affects the patient. The anesthesiologist really took his time and explained what he was going to do and how I would feel after the surgery. It turned out to be true and I was so thankful for his thoughtful and caring demeanor. I couldn't praise Dr. Shifrin, the surgical team and the anesthesiologist enough. I think they would really inspire people to enter the medical profession. 01.07.2013"

-- Patricia C (New Jersey)

" I'd like to take this moment to thank Dr. Shifrin and his staff for an outstanding job. My wife's recent video assisted parathyroidectomy was easy, comfortable and the scar looks like a tiny cat scratch just two weeks later. Not only is Dr. Shifrin an exceptional professional he's also a pleasant and warm person. I strongly recommend him to anyone seeking parathyroid surgery. One can only wish there were more professionals of his caliber."

-- Alex Topaller (Ridgewood, NJ)

"Sonogram and uptake testing revealed that I had six thyroid nodules, one of which was “cold”. When I called Dr. Shifrin’s office I was happy to hear a real person pick up right away, and I scheduled a consultation. Dr. Shifrin recommended and performed a fine needle biopsy of all six nodules. Results showed two suspicious nodules, one on each side. I asked about my options and I think Dr. Shifrin sensed that I was thinking of bolting! He told me what was NOT an option was to do nothing. And so the decision was made to have a total thyroidectomy. It was the right decision. It turned out that one nodule was papillary cancer and the other was a nasty type of pre-cancer. My husband and I have complete confidence in Dr. Shifrin. He is professional, confident, and caring. He took the time to explain everything, answer questions, and he made us comfortable with our decisions. We even shared a few laughs. It’s been almost 3 weeks since surgery and my incision is healing nicely; better than I expected. Dr. Shifrin, Megan and his staff, and the staff at Jersey Shore made an unpleasant situation as pleasant as possible. "

-- Lisa Donnan (Metuchen, NJ)

"I just wanted to take this moment, to thank you for being so understanding of our emotional state and taking the time to explain my son's prognosis and treatment required for same. We were referred to you on short notice, and even though you had a full schedule, you were willing to accept my son, and immediately schedule him for tests and surgery, and have continued to work on his case. Thank you for everything, you are truly exceptional, not only as a doctor, but have a heart of gold. I wish you, your family and your staff, a safe and happy holiday:) 12/17/2012""

-- Darlene M. (New Jersey)

"I had my entire thyroid removed by Dr. Shifrin on November 6th 2012. Great surgeon, great staff and would recommend him to anyone who has a thryoid issue. Very impressed with his knowledge and greatful I found him."

-- Aldo Cavalli (Freehold, NJ)

"To Dr. Shifrin and Staff, I am so glad that I found you to do my Para-Thyroid operation. After being referred to a NYC surgeon I had the opportunity to meet with you in Neptune. Your professionalism, along with your staff's, was only surpassed by the 100% success of the procedure. Besides your expertise in this field, the ease of mind you gave to me and my wife was, in my thoughts, a vital part of the successful outcome and recovery. I will be giving your name and information to my primary doctor so that he can begin referring you instead of sending his patients to NYC. I am confident that he will have the same positive experience that I enjoyed. Thank you once again - and please extend my best thoughts to all of your staff - both in the office and the operating team. Howard S. Kramer 12/04/2012"

-- Howard S. Kramer (New Jersey)

"I am writing this because Dr. Shifrin performed a parathyroidectomy on me a few weeks ago. From my first visit I felt completely confident that I choose the right surgeon. Dr. Shifrin took the time to explain to me the whole procedure and I went in knowing what to expect.. Once the required tests confirmed that I needed to have one of my parathyroids removed the outpatient surgery was scheduled very quickly. There was no pain involved and my recovery was very quick. I can unequivocally recommend Dr. Shiftin."

-- Michele Ward (Neptune, NJ)

"You’re reading this because you or someone you love needs an endocrine surgeon. I wrote this to tell you to look no further, Dr. Shifrin should absolutely be your choice. A knowledgeable and gifted surgeon Dr. Shifrin is truly an asset to his profession. He and his top-notch friendly staff made me feel at ease from my consolation through my post-op visit. On the day of my complete thyroidectomy his entire surgical team introduced themselves to me and explained their roles making me feel at ease. My recovery was quick and other than feeling like I had a sore throat I had no pain. My scar is small and fading and my future is bright thanks to Dr. Shifrin."

-- Laura (New Jersey)

"I would recommend Dr.Shifrin to anyone who needs thyroid surgery. I recently had my thyroid removed by Dr. Shifrin at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He made me feel confident and relaxed. Both surgery and recovery were 100% problem free. I thank Dr. Shifrin and the hospital staff for a job well done."

-- Linda B. (NJ)

"I am a 37 year old mother with 3 sons. I was not feeling well. My body was very achy, and I had difficulty doing every day things with my children. My primary doctor referred me to Dr. Shifrin. Dr. Shifrin diagnosed me with parathyroid disease and the start of osteoporosis. Surgery was scheduled to remove the bad parathyroid, and I was hoping for relief. It has been 2 weeks, and I feel FABULOUS!!!!! The surgery was a success. My body feels great, and I am able to do everything with my children again. I am so thankful to Dr. Shifrin for giving me my life back!!!"

-- Kim Lucas (Jackson )

"God Bless Dr. Shifrin. It was brought to my attention during a test for something else that my thyroid looked bad. Tests were run and a needle biopsy was done and I was told not to be too concerned because many people have thyroid issues it's very common. After doing some research and making numerous inquiries I made an appointment with Dr.Alexander Shifrin, an endocrine surgeon, to give me his opinion. For my first meeting with him I brought my prior biopsy and lab reports. Dr. Shifrin had a gut feeling as said he was going to perform his own fine needle biopsy. The new test results changed my options. My thyroid needed to come out. I was scheduled for same day outpatient surgery. On the day of my surgery, Dr. Shifrin and his OR team came to greet me and I immediately felt safe and at ease in their presence. I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Shifrin preformed a total thyroidectony and monitored my vocal cords during the surgery. My recovery time was fast. I was out shopping after a few days and back to work after a week. Initially I tried to convince my husband to buy me a diamond necklace to conceal my incision but cosmetically it is hardly noticeable. At my post operative meeting I was told I had Hashimoto's disease and the results of my pathology report were positive for a small cancerous growth. Dr. Shifrin smiled as he read the report. I believe his knowledge and skill saved my live. Thank you Dr. Shifrin you are a gifted endocrine surgeon. "

-- Barbara Meehan Evans (Point Pleasant, NJ)

"This past August was one of the scariest times of my life. During a routine doctor's appointment a large growth was discovered in my throat. Ultrasound confirmed that I had two large thyroid nodules on the left side of my thyroid. After the biopsy at my endocrinologist's office came back inconclusive, it was recommended that I have surgery to remove it. That is when I was referred to Dr. Shifrin. Even though he has an extremely busy schedule, he accomodated me right away! He was direct, extremely thorough, but most of all, made me feel very comfortable. I remember after my very first appointment wtih him I felt at ease with my diagnosis and knew I was in excellent hands. I underwent surgery August 23, 2012 and everything went beautifully! Not only did I know exactly what the procedure entailed before I went in, he also made sure to monitor and preserve my vocal cords which was a HUGE concern of mine because I'm a teacher. I cannot thank Dr. Shifrin and his wonderful staff enough for getting me through this terrifying experience! From my very first appointment to my recovery after surgery, he and his staff were exemplary in every way! I have recommended him to everyone I know and I will continue to do so! A HUGE heartfelt thank you to Dr. Shifrin and his staff!"

-- Lisa Scott (Brick, NJ)

"I would want everyone to know I had my doughts about surgery but feeling comfortable with Dr. Shifrin I was glad I did it and my experience in the hospital was the best care i'xe had after many surgerys . from the first meeting in the morning to leaving with many faces to do there job they were very professional and very personable to myself and wife . there were conserns that they answered and kept her up with my care after surgery. from pre-op to leaving they were the best ever. thanks to all the staff in the OR and in recovery."

-- john campbell (manasquan)

"I met Dr. Shifrin today and I will sleep tonight for the first time in months. I am the parent of a 39 year old daughter with 3 young children who had thyroid cancer. I have a hard time even saying this. She had a large lump on her neck and was seen by other doctors who said leave it alone for 6 months and we will watch it. My daughter knew her body and by the miracle of God she went to Dr.Shifrin. It was so large she had problems swallowing. He told her that half her thyroid must come out. Two weeks after that surgery, he told her it was cancer and needed another surgery to remove the other half. It has been only 2 weeks after her second surgery and she feels fine. The incision is almost healed and her voice is strong and so are her spirits. Our family will be eternally grateful to this fine doctor who put our family at ease. She still has to be under the care of an endocronologist, but the surgery was a complete success. Thank you Dr. Shifrin."

-- Susan Skokos (Tinton Falls N.J.)

"Being in the Health Care Profession for 30 years as a nurse iam writing this comment because I am still in awe and so thank full that divine intervention lead me to this wonderful caring and top of the line surgeon ....i have been seen for the past 6years ...yes 6years for thyroid nodules and high calcium ..which my DRs that i put my Faith in said lets do the watch and wait thing.....meanwhile feeling more tired and sicker and tired and sicker but no one was able to pinpoint the problem the best answer ...what we menopausal women hear is ...oh its the change ...your depressed u have anxiety ...go here do this ...see a shrink take this not that i knew i had high calcium and nodules and i heard about Dr Schifrin from a friend who also was a nurse ..i made an appointment and the minute i walked in to the office and met him ...I knew i was in the best hands and he would take care of me ...he finally found out what was wrong with me ...I have thyroid cancer Hyperparathyroid disease and a genetic braf gene surgery went so well do too Dr Schifrin he took out the thyroid parathyroid and nodes in one shot with a minimal scar post 3 weeks that is almost non visable ..I had minimal pain and was home that night and moving around the next day no trouble swallowing either....I owe my Life to Dr Schifrin and the good lord above God sends us angels in white ....Mine was Dr Schifrin....."

-- Jacqi Lahm (Waretown NJ)

"I agree completely with the comments of the others at this site. Dr. Shifrin takes the time to speak with you and answer any and all of your questions. He is very professional and thorough. I had my thyroid removed and had a very fast recovery with no surprises. The thing I like and appreciate the most about this doctor is that he is a straight shooter and tells you exactly where you stand in regards to your particular health situation. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody in need of professional health care."

-- Keith J. Nevrincean (West Allenhurst, NJ)

"Super Doctor. Kind, gentle, explains everything in detail, no baloney, just to the point. Great recovery from parathyroid disease and excellent follow-up. My wife was so happy she hugged him as I was being discharged.. "

-- Dennis Crump Sr (08722)

"Hi, I was diagnosed with hypethyroidism. Frightening at first to hear it, So I did a lot of research. First on the disease, then on many,many doctors, for I was told I needed surgery. Let me tell you, nothing passed by me that I didn't read up on until it got to the point I hated getting on the computer. Well my research paid off...I found Doctor Alexander L. Shifrin, MD.I set up my appointment, met with the doctor. Three weeks later I had my surgery. From the moment I met him I felt safe, if you could relate to being frightened of the unknown, you will know what I am talking about.He is kind , he explained every single process that I was going to go through.The hospital staff was very nice and comforting and kept me very calm. I spoke to the surgery staff and felt very confident and safe,before I want in for my surgery This doctor comes with a bonefide thank you from me, He aces in my book..."

-- Tecla Alfone (New Jersey)

"I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease in September 2011. My endocronologist referred me to Dr. Shifrin because I also had 2 nodules that had their own blood supply. Dr. Shifrin and I discussed my options and he performed the biopsy of the two nodules. We also scheduled a surgery date of Dec 8th, 2011. The biopsy was clear, and I had the surgery on Dec 8th. After surgery, the pain that I felt in the left side of my body ( neck. shoulder, side, back, knees and leg) was completely gone. I haven't had any pain since the surgery. The sweating has almost stopped...about 90%. And the tremors and the heart palpitations are getting fewer and fewer. Surgery was a great option for me because I didn't like the idea of nodules in my thyroid that were growing and had their own blood supply and I didn't like the characteristics of the side effects of the other medications. At the follow up appointment with Dr. Shifrin two weeks after the surgery, he gave me the pathology report. Dr. Shifrin told me there were two nodules, one a 0.1cm and the other a 0.2 cm, that were found to be cancerous. These were two other nodules other than the ones that were biopsied. So now I'm very happy that I followed through with the surgery, because we didn't know what was in the thyroid gland and because it was removed. Dr. Shifrin got everything out! I was very relieved and happy and shocked (because I never thought I would hear the cancer report!) all at the same time. I can't begin to describe how happy I've been with Dr. Shrifrin and my experience at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Everything was wonderful. And as I said to Dr. Shifrin...not only did he change my life, he saved it! Thanks again!"

-- Suzanne Clark (Toms River, NJ)

"On September 8, 2011, I had one of my parathyroid glands removed because it was robbing calcium from my bones and my chance of breaking a bone was increased. On my first visit to Dr. Shifrin's office, I found the staff to be friendly and caring. When I met Dr. Shifrin I was immediately impressed with his professionalism and his way of explaining what the parathyroid removal process would be so that I could understand exactly what was going to happen. On the day of my surgery, I was not nervous at all because I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Shifrin talked to my wife and I about how long the surgery would last and what to expect post-surgery. Since the procedure, I have had no pain whatsoever and feel really good. If you need surgery of this kind, you cannot do better than Dr. Shifrin. I would also like to mention that Jersey Shore University Hospital has to be the friendliest hospital I have ever experienced. The day of the surgery, the receptionist at the front desk gave us directions to the surgical waiting area. We were going in that direction when a nice young lady stopped and asked us if we knew where we were going. Although we said we did, she stopped what she was doing and stayed with us until we got the right place. I have never experienced such a kind and caring experience in a hospital before. In closing, I would just like to say that Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Dr. Shifrin are just the best and you can be confident that you will be well taken care of."

-- David Kerr (Whiting, New Jersey)

"On January 21, 2011, Dr. Alexander Shifrin, performed surgery on me to remove a parathyroid gland that was causing my body to produce excess calcium. The pre-admission screening was smooth and supportive. The surgical procedure was painless and Dr. Shifrin's incision (according to my wife) left little or no scar. The same day surgery staff was comforting. Dr. Shifrin explained my problem to me in consultation and in detail explained the role of the thyroid gland, the parathyroid gland and the hidden dangers of excess calcium. On the day of surgery he visited me in the preparation area and spoke to my wife after surgery and explained the successful results. I found the surgery experience to actually be pleasant, not uncomfortable in the least and thanks to Dr. Shifrin's skills theraputic. With my calcium under control, I feel much better with improved energy and disposition. Thank You Dr. Shifrin. My endocrinologist, described Dr. Shifrin's surgical procedure as "magic" compared to surgical procedures in years past for parathyroid removal. How very fortunate Jersey Shore University Medical Center is to have such a talented surgeon as Dr. Shifrin. Joe Iosca"

-- Joseph Iosca (Wall Twp. NJ)

"Hi, my name is Diane Kehn and I had been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism with a toxic nodule nine years ago. I kept putting off treatment with the hope of healing myself through holistic means. But no matter how many cruciferous vegetables I was eating to try to suppress my T4/T3 levels, nothing was working. My endocrinologist suggested that I have the RAI treatment but I was resistant. I tried methimazole but had to stop because it became my liver became toxic. I prayed about it and left it in God’s hands. That’s when I made an appointment with Dr. Shifrin. I was not only impressed with Dr. Shifrin’s outstanding background and professionalism (his whole demeanor exuded confidence and competency), but he was very patient and caring and addressed all my questions as valid concerns. He also has a witty sense of humor which put me at ease right away. I went on his website to read the reviews of other patients and called the ones that invited the reader to do so. Everyone gave positive feedback. I knew I chose the right surgeon. The day of surgery was amazing. Although I was extremely nervous (my heart rate was 119!), I felt I was with the most confident, competent, caring, and professional team! They The male anesthesiologist’s sense of humor relaxed me and the female anesthesiologist I met was very reassuring as she said it was her job to make me feel comfortable and feel no pain. I felt very encouraged and comforted by her words. Then Dr. Shifrin came in with his assistant, Dr. Young and I was wheeled into the operating room. I was told to breathe in and that was the last thing I remember until I woke up in recovery. I was then wheeled into Prep and Discharge where my husband and I were in a private area and we were offered lunch. The most unbelievable part for me was that I actually ate half of a cheese/lettuce/tomato sandwich, 2 cookies, and apple juice with no pain and no discomfort! I also could not believe I had an appetite! At 3 0’clock, Dr. Young came in to take out the stitches which was a quick removal of what felt like a band-aid across my neck. I got dressed and then we left. Thank you God for leading me to Dr. Shifrin, Dr. Young, and those two anesthesiologists, they were all great. I felt I was, literally, in perfect hands! I give anyone permission to call me directly pertaining to information about my experience. "

-- Diane Kehn (Tinton Falls NJ)

"To any patients who are anticipating surgery with Dr. Shifrin, I can assure you that you are in compasssionate and talented hands. At the begining of the month I had my thyroid removed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The entire experience, from my first meeting with Doctor and his willing and helpful office staff, Susan and Mandy were pleasant and very understanding. I was very impressed with the way my day of surgery went.I arrived at the beautiful state of the art surgical floor where the pleasant admitting Nurse checked me in and got me ready for surgery. I was very surprised and delighted with the next thing that happened, the entire staff that would be assisting Dr. Shifrin , came out and idividually introduced themselves to me. Each person explained what they would be doing to assist Dr. Shifrin, after that they asked if I had any questions. This was the first time that I have had that experiance and I have had many surgeries. The result of this greeting left me relaxed and trusting that the surgery would go well. I was comfortable and came out of surgery with a sore throat but no pain , I went home that night and returned to work a week later. Thank you to all for the wonderful care. I have a small disappearing scar which nobody has noticed. Dr Shifrin, you are truly a magician, thank you."

-- Suzanne Wynne (Red Bank, N.J.)

"I was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid in early 2000. My endocrinologist recommended having it removed but I was reluctant to have any kind of surgery. He treated is with medication until last year at which time he said that it had grown and would have to be removed ASAP. Early this year I started an internet search for a qualified surgeon. I found Dr. Shifrin's website and was impressed by his experience and credentials. I decided to email my situation to his office half hoping that I would not get a response. I sent an email on late Sunday and received a phone call from Megan first thing Monday morning. She answered all of my questions and set up an appointment for a consult. After two visits with the doctor I decided that I should go ahead with the surgery and that Dr. Shifrin was the one that should do it. He answered all of my questions and eased my concerns about surgery in general and my specific case. He advised me that he had been successfully performing this type of operation for a number of years and has worked with the same surgical team for over five years. He outline the pros and cons of my situation and we scheduled the operation. My thyroid had grown so large that they had to called in another surgeon to open my chest to allow for the removal of my growth. This was something that Dr. Shifrin had anticipated and had the surgeon on standby. The operation and recovery was longer than expected but went off without a hitch. Dr. Shifrin visited everyday during the recovery period and was even accompanied by Megan on occasion. Several weeks later I had a post op appointment to confirm that everything was going the way it should. I casually mentioned that the appointment was on my birthday. After the exam the doctor gave me some paper work that included a birthday card and when I left I found a singing mylar balloon waiting for me outside the office. I have called the office a few times since and either Megan, Susie or Mandy were eager to help even when my questions were probably not something they would normally handle. It my opinion it's very unlikely that you could find a more concerned, professional, and just plain nice group of people. My sincere thanks to Dr. Shifrin, Megan, Susie and Mandy for making an unpleasant experience bearable."

-- Frank Braun (Barnegat, NJ)

"To Dr. Shifrin, and his surgical team, I would like to express my deep appreciation and gratitude. I am 64 years old and had been enduring an enlarged thyroid goiter for many years. My family doctor had recommended that I contact Dr. Shifrin but other considerations caused this to be delayed. Last August, I suddenly experienced great difficulty breathing and rushed to the Emergency Room at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Test revealed that the goiter was restricting my trachea to a mere slit and that surgery was required. Dr. Shifrin carefully explained the test results and the impending surgical procedure and immediately assembled his team for the operation. During the 4 hour procedure, a gigantic goiter weighing nearly a pound was removed. I spent the night in Intensive Care with a breathing tube but immediately after it's removal I was able to breathe normally again and was discharged several days later. There was no problem with my vocal cords because the surgical team has special equipment to monitor them during the surgery. Thanks to Dr. Shifrin and his team, I am doing well now. It is a wonderful feeling not being restricted by this huge growth. I am very grateful to Dr. Shifrin for his surgical skills and recommend him highly to anyone requiring this type of operation. Renate Rossner, Freehold "

-- Renate Rossner (Freehold, NJ)



"I would highly recommend Dr. Shifrin for thyroid surgery. He operated on me just three weeks ago and I feel as if I never had surgery at all! I don't remember one single thing from the time I entered the pre-op room until I woke up in the Recovery Room. This was fine for me, as I told him I was very nervous and didn't want to see the operating room at all! Dr. Shifrin assured me that I would be sedated and MIGHT remember some of the operating room and the procedure of putting the camera up my nose and down the throat and even though it would be sprayed with a numbing spray, I would probably not feel uncomfortable. But I do not remember one single thing once the anesthesiologist gave me the sedation in the pre-op room. After going to my regular room, they brought me some kind of sherbet, jello and other food. I was famished! I had no problem swallowing and my neck didn't feel numb even though I opted for the local anesthesia and IV sedation. This was an unexpected thrill for me. I left the hospital around 10:00 pm since my surgery was in the afternoon and had my prescriptions for thyroid medication in my hand. I stayed in a local motel because of the late hour and the distance. The next morning, my daughter and I stopped for breakfast at IHop! So, you see, the operation was a success......the incision was only 2 inches and I didn't look like Frankenstein when I left! The only thing that was uncomfortable later on is the surgical glue that covers the incision. It can itch for a few minutes but it comes and goes. After about 10 days or so, the glue just peels off. Please don't get nervous about having this operation. It's a breeze and you're in the best hands with Dr. Shifrin. "

-- Helen Ross (Winslow, NJ)

"It has been 6 months since my surgery. I am thankful that I chose Dr. Shifrin to do the procedure. I truly believe he is an AMAZING surgeon! If you are on the fence about having this surgery or about using Dr. Shifrin as your surgeon, I have given the office permission to give out my contact information- please feel free to contact me. My story: I was being treated by my Endo for Graves disease for about 1 year prior to having a biopsy of my thyroid nodules. When the biopsy results came back that I had abnormal cells, my Endo suggested that I have a thyroidectomy & advised me to get the opinion of a surgeon. I met with Dr. Shifrin. He made me feel comfortable from the first visit. He was informative and spoke with confidence. He told me that abnormal cells does not always mean "cancer"...however, his medical opinion agreed with my Endo- that I should have the surgery. Although the ultrasound only showed nodules on one side of my thyroid, he recommended a total thyroidectomy (to avoid having to go back in should something show up in the pathology report). Susie made the Pre-Op lab appointment while I sat in the waiting area and scheduled my appointment for surgery. She's extremely efficient! The day of surgery I was nervous. The anesthesiologist came in to talk to me about his participation with the procedure and what I should expect. He told me that a tiny camera would be put down my nose during surgery so that Dr. Shifrin could watch my vocal cords...taking every precaution for a safe and successful procedure. I was rolled in to the operating room and had the surgery. The nursing staff at Jersey Shore is second to none. They are kind, friendly and do all that they can to make you feel comfortable. After recovery, I was taken to a hospital room where I continued to rest for several hours. I did not need a drain after surgery and was permitted to go home that evening. Prior to being released, a Dr removed the stitches at the incision site and placed a large piece of medical tape on the incision area. I was handed written instructions on how to take care of it along with emergency phone numbers incase I needed to ask anything during the night. I was also given prescriptions for Pain medication, Calcium, and Synthroid that were written by Dr. Shifrin. I did not have to fill the prescription for the pain medicine. Tylenol worked fine. For 2 days after surgery, my neck was a little sore and swallowing was a little awkward. When eating, I found it was much easier to swallow- if I tilted my head downward, bringing my chin toward my chest. I had no food restrictions and was able to eat whatever I wanted. I was able to move about easily. Iron clothes, cook, etc...By the end of the week- I felt great. It was a personal choice to wait a full week before driving. The Pathology results came back 7 days after surgery. Good thing I went ahead and had the surgery! Not only did I have papillary carcinoma on the side where the nodules were, but I had it on the other side of my thyroid glad as well. Because I had cancer, I was scheduled six weeks later, for a Radioactive Iodine treatment. I was told it was important to drink plenty of water and to suck on hard candy after the Iodine treatment to flush the body & to aid the salivary glands. A week later, I went for a series of body scans. The months following the surgery & the Radioactive Iodine treatment, included following up with my Endo for adjustments to adjust the Synthroid dosage. Until that is correct- you may feel tired & sometimes forgetful. I also experienced a change in my menstrual cycle. I meet with my Endo every three months to check on my TSH level . Other than that- life is back to normal. I hope this has been helpful. Please feel free to ask Susie for my contact information if you'd like me to elaborate further. "

-- Susan Marter (Manalapan, NJ)

"When my endocrinologist recommended to have my parathyroid removed I had the job of selecting a surgeon. The endo considered the thyroid/parathyroid surgical staff at Columbia University to be the gold standard. Before going to the endo I had researched surgeons and the endo's recommendation had also been my desire. I wanted a Columbia surgeon. There were two concerns, one was getting a surgeon that accepted Medicare and my NJDirect supplement, and the other was traveling over the George Washington Bridge and into the City, which I was not looking forward to. There was a third concern ,that the surgery might be done by one of the doctors in training and not by the regular surgical staff. I also wanted to stay local if possible. I live in northwestern New Jersey. Online I had also searched for an endocrine surgeon in NJ that had experience in parathyroidectomies. I had previously researched the disease and how it's handled: sites by UCLA, Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, NIH, etc., sites that rate doctors, several forums, and some articles in professional journals available online, so I had a little knowledge about the disease when I came across Dr. Shifrin's site. I was very impressed. Here was a surgeon that connected immediately with me. I thought it was not only very sensible, but a kind and decent thing to do, to give so much information to the prospective patient. It showed a good deal of concern and respect for the patient. There was even a contact email address which I used. I felt very much in control of my situation. I knew exactly what kinds of tests were required for consultation, what would happen during the operation, and what to expect afterwards. What really clinched it for me was the information that Dr. Shifrin supplied about himself. He had recently been a Columbia instructor in general surgery and had his fellowship there in endocrine surgery! Not only was he trained there, but he obviously had kept in close contact with the endocrine surgical staff at Columbia. His site shows all the articles that he has written with other surgeons, and I recognized the names of Dr. Inabnet and Dr. Allendorf. I knew from my research that both were of Columbia. Dr. Inabnet was named Chief of Endocrine Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 2004. Although Dr. Shifrin is not located at Columbia I consider him to be a Columbia surgeon by virtue of training, experience and his research contacts. It was also very important to me that Dr. Shifrin was a researcher and published. To do so he has to keep up with the most current research in his fields. This gave me a feeling of security that I was in good hands. To the consultation I brought all the reports he listed on his site. He was very friendly and polite, spent all the time I needed with me and answered all my questions. The surgery was scheduled for Dec. 2, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. It was conscious sedation. Although I remember nothing of the operation, I remember being aware in the operating room after the operation. In the outpatient discharge room I ate a large sandwich. At home in the evening I ate a large meal and stayed up until midnight since I did not feel tired. I was up at 7:00 a.m. the next morning and resumed my normal schedule. I had no pain after the operation and so took no medication. I had a little discomfort in swallowing the first couple of days but that soon went away. I was given a prescription for calcium in declining amounts but felt no tingling in my fingertips. Apparently my calcium bounced back to normal quickly. Two weeks after the operation I returned to Dr. Shifrin's office for the follow-up. The incision had healed nicely. He showed me the parathyroid amounts recorded just before the operation , when pressing on the parathyroid , after removal, and 10 minutes after that. The changes were remarkable, from almost twice the upper normal range down into the lower normal range in a matter of minutes. The other parathyroids were apparently kicking in immediately. He reduced the amount of calcium and tomorrow, at three weeks, is my last pill. He gave me a prescription for a blood test for serum parathyroid hormone and calcium, which I had done in the hospital that day, and one in six months. I feel I have a good deal more energy than before the operation. I am very happy that everything went so smoothly and that after the surgery life went on the following day without a hitch. My thanks to Dr. Shifrin! "

-- Fred Westcott (Budd Lake, NJ)

"I chose Dr.Shifrin to remove my thyroid gland because a human being answered the telephone the first time I called. I have spoken to both Sue and Megan and from the start I felt that I would be in good hands because they were caring and friendly people. When I met Dr. Shifrin he exuded confidence in his ability to do thyroid surgery but still seemed to be a real person. I was impressed that he had trained with Dr. Ignabnet who I had consulted with some years ago at Columbia in N Y. The only hich in my surgical experience was a long delay waiting for surgery due to operating room availability. I had to stay over nite but that turned out to be a blessing becasue the nursing care on Booker 2 was great! My recovery was short and relatively painless. I needed only one pain pill at home. I did have a sore throat for 2 days but not enough to require medication. I drank a lot of fluids and by the third day was able to eat more comfortably. My main problem was swallowing the calcium pills ( I crushed them for 2 days) and the side effect of constipation from the calcium. I called the office and the pleasant office staff listened to my problem, spoke to the doctor and called me back most promptly. I heartily recommend Dr. Shifrin to anyone requiring Thyroid surgery! I also felt the anesthesiologist was most kind as well as a young medical student from Robert Woods med. school who kept me compnay in the holding area. All in all a most positive experience. Best of all no more thyroid biopsies!! "

-- Jane Haisser (Brick, NJ)

"My mother has been suffering with what was thought to be emphysema for many years. As a result, my mother was using albueterol and advair for several years. After one visit with Dr. Shifrin, who has a wonderful bedside manner and shares with you the cat scan x-rays results and carefully explains everthing in a way that you understand, we were convinced my mother should have this surgery to have an enlarged goiter removed. My mother is 78 yrs old and this was a frightful thought for us. After recommendations of bloodwork and medical and cardiac clearance we went ahead with the surgery. Dr. Shfrin is wonderful and very skilled in his field. My mother only had a small incision in her neck and her recovery was fantasic! Just one day after the surgery,no tubes and no more Advair or Albueterol! Immediately following surgery my mother could breath normally. Before this every breathe sounded as if it could be her last, and it could have as her trachea was pushed to the side and had become a mere "slit". We would recommend Dr. Shifrin to anyone considering this surgery. We have already recommended Dr. Shifrin to someone who needs this surgery, but up to now has been to scared to have it. Our family thanks you forever Dr. Shifrin. I would also like to thank Sue, who is Dr.'s secrectary as she was especially patient and helpful through all the tests and paperwork, etc. Thank you to all!! Inez G Nedrick (for Melody Gaddis) Red Bank, NJ"

-- Inez G Nedrick (RED BANK, NEW JERSEY)

"It was lucky for me to have found Dr. Shifrin on the internet after my endocrinologist said I needed surgery for an adrenal mass. He had referred me to a surgeon in Lakewood who was not really familiar with this type of surgery. This made me very apprehensive. I did research on my own and found Dr. Shifrin who was very knowledgeable and assuring. The surgery was a total success. The scarring was minimal. I look and feel great. I am no longer tired all the time and have tons of energy. Best of all, no more MRIs every 6 months. I would recommend Dr. Shifrin to anyone needing this type of surgery. He is an amazing surgeon! "

-- Marna DeFederico (Toms River, NJ)

"Dr. Shifrin was recommended to me by my endocrinologist because of an enlarged thyroid. Half of my thyroid was removed by another doctor in 2002. When I saw Dr. Shifrin, he explained to me exactly what would be done, how long it would take and that the surgery would be less complicated than it had been previously, and I would have same day surgery. Unfortunately, because of the delay at the hospital the day of surgery, it was recommended that I stay overnight. I would just like to say what a great job Dr. Shifrin did and how much easier my recovery was than when I had the previous surgery. I had no problem with my vocal chords because Dr. Shifrin had a special machine to monitor them during surgery. The medication he prescribed after surgery did not need to be altered after I had my blood test a month later. My levels were perfect! I would certainly recommend Dr. Shifrin to anyone who needed thyroid or parathyroid surgery. He is an excellent surgeon!"

-- Jean Taylor (Jackson, NJ)


I would like to thank Dr. Shifrin and his office team (Megan,Gina,Lexi,Lauren,Susi,Irene,Diane and Dannielle) I can't thank you all enough for your kindness and care. Dr. Shifrin came highly recommended from a former patient, and 3 other doctors of mine. I am so very happy with not just the outcome of my Parathyroid surgery, but every step of care I received along the way. Surgery is stressful in itself, but after my first visit I knew I was in good hands. I have nothing but positive reviews and feel blessed to have had such a skilled surgeon and team who managed my care and helped me feel well. Thank you ALL!

I was scared when I first found out I had thyroid cancer. After my first visit with Dr. Shifrin I knew I was in good hands. His office staff reflected his intelligent and caring approach toward his patients. Tara, his PA, demonstrated knowledge and understanding. I am one month out from surgery and have healed and am looking forward to stabilizing my thyroid hormones.

I met Dr Shifrin in early Jan this year as I was getting second opinions about my recent thyroid cancer diagnosis. He was the second surgeon that I met and I immediately knew he and his staff were the right practice for me. It was 30 days from my diagnosis to surgery date. His staff was amazing at scheduling each & every test and the surgery on 2/2/18. His office followed up with me a few times the week following week to check in. My follow up visit was yesterday 2/19/18. No surprises. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of care.

I had my Thyroid removed 2 weeks ago because of multiple nodules. Today was my follow up appointment, my incision site is beautiful. I am very fair and usually heal very slowly. It is unbelievable minimal scar noted. The doctor used a dermabond glue, the results amazing. The outcome it was cancerous but looks like he was able to remove all of it. Great job DOC!
Office staff very pleasant, professional. PA Tara great, she will sit with you explain and answer all questions. I would recommend practice.

Dr. Shifrin and his staff are amazing! I was nervous at our first meeting but the office staff were so caring that they put me at ease. Dr. Shifrin took the time needed to explain what would come next. He answered all my questions. I never felt rushed. Not only is he a world class surgeon but his staff is wonderful. They are friendly, caring and supportive. I knew from that first office visit that I had made the right choice for my treatment. I haven't been disappointed yet! Thank you to both the doctor and his staff for everything.

2/7/18 Almost 2 weeks ago on January 26, 2018 Dr Shifrin performed surgery to remove the right lobe of my thyroid and 2 parathyroids. The surgery was performed on a friday and i was back at work the following Thursday!! Except for a tiny scar (which given time will almost completely disappear) I would never know i had surgery. I feel fantastic and thank Dr. Shifrin for his expertise and compassion. He always thoroughly answered all my questions so by the time surgery day arrived I was confident that everytIhing would turn out ok. His staff is fantastic and caring and also took alot of time to make sure i understood what Dr. Shifrin has explained to me. Thanks again to everyone!!

Dr. Shifrin was the third surgeon I met with in my quest to find the right surgeon to handle my thyroid nodules. Unlike the other two doctors, who only wanted to biopsy my larger thyroid nodules, Dr. Shifrin stated, on the initial visit, that all the nodules needed biopsies. Thank goodness we did, because it was one of the smaller nodules that was cancerous. Eventually I had to have my thyroid removed on Nov.4, 2014. You can’t tell since the incision really isn’t noticeable.Throughout the entire process, Dr. Shifrin was extremely thorough, patient and personable. Since I also have MS, i had so many questions, but he answered all of them. Over the years I have recommended Dr. Shifrin to many individuals. His excellent care, caring demeanor and compassion place him in a higher category of specialists. I can’t say ‘thank you ‘ enough to Dr. Shifrin. He took the stress out of the situation.

I had my followup visit yesterday with Dr. Shifrin, three weeks after my thyroid surgery. All is well and I am very pleased with how easily everything went. Dr. Shifrin and his staff are very experienced and skilled at doing this type of surgery. I was nervous but they listened to my concerns, answered my many questions and were there for me every step of the way. I especially loved Tara and seeing her in the operating room definitely put my mind at ease. Thank you for all you did for me. I highly recommend your practice.

I highly recommend Dr. Shifrin. I was a very anxious patient, because of his expertise, his caring staff. and Jersey Shore Hospital I couldn't ask for a better experience. I'm so pleased.

I had Surgery 2 weeks ago with Dr Shifrin - I am very happy with the outcome scarring is minimal - The overall experience from staff , Jersey shore Hospital and Dr Shifrin were Top Notch - I am glad I chose Dr Shifrin - He is one of the best Endocrine Surgeons in Tri - state area .

Oct. 24, 2017 Dr. Shifrin and team removed my Left Adrenal Gland along with a Tumor. I've been a patient of Dr. Shifrin's for a few years and I was very confident with my decision to have my gland and tumor removed. He is an excellent doctor and very thorough. I have a good relationship with his assistant Tara and his staff are all great to work with. I hope he doesn't retire any time soon because he is also a Thyroid doctor and I have nodules that might need to be removed some day and I would want him to be my surgeon. Thanks again to Dr. Shifrin and his entire staff!

Can’t say enough good things about Dr Shifrin, his staff, and the crew at Jersey Shore Mecical outpatient procedures. Minimal pain, small incision, no drains or over night hospital stay. I couldn’t be happier. I would high recommend Dr Shifrin, he couldn’t have been any nicer. Very informative, he put my mind at ease. Excellent surgeon !!

I recently had thyroid surgery performed by Dr. Shifrin at Jersey Shore University Medical Center part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System. Dr. Shifrin performed the biopsy in his office and the surgery at Jersey Shore on 10/6/2017 at which time he removed my thyroid which had a number of large nodules. My entire experience with Dr. Shifrin and his staff has been totally positive and as stress free as this sort of a situation can be. From our first meeting in his office he and his staff made my wife and I feel very at ease and well informed about what was going to take place and what the different options were. After the surgery, which went very smoothly, Dr. Shifrin’s staff followed up with me daily for days to make sure I was feeling okay. Again, I would highly recommend Dr. Shifrin and his office for anyone in need of thyroid, parathyroid or adrenal problems or questions.

I recently had successful thyroid surgery by Dr. Shifrin and highly recommend him and his surgical team. While there was moderate pain immediately after, it wasn't bad enough to keep me from stopping at my favorite restaurant on the way home to enjoy a nice dinner! Truthfully, it felt more like the aftermath of a deep muscle bruise or sprain. The cancer is gone and the surgery site is barely discernible only 2 weeks later!

great surgeon great staff. highly recommend.thank you.

I want to sincerely thank you for taking care of me in my recent problem with my thyroid gland.I was delighted to taken care of by such a delightful man who has a great sense of humor and with whom I had some really nice chats.Clearly your expertise in this field is unparalleled and for that I am truly very grateful.I also wish to commend your staff for their kind consideration and helpfulness in making appointments and explaining things to an old "fogey".Spasiba Ralph Garfield

"Thank you Dr. Shifrin if you will help spread awareness for #CheckYourCalcium during the month of July Primary Hyperparathyroidism Awareness Campaign!"

A most professionally visit with Dr. A. Shifrin and is staff. On a scale of 1 thru 10 it is my pleasure to rate my visits a 10 PLUS.

I waited six years to have this surgery.i am so glad that I was introduced to dr.shifrin and his staff. I had a very positive experience from beginning to my post op appointment. I am so glad it's all over but it was much easier than I thought. I felt like I was in the best hands throughout the process. Thank you dr.shiffrin and staff especially Tara.

Thankyou Dr Shifrin ,staff and operating team you are the best. i had very little pain after my thyroid removal and recouperated very quickly I highly recommend Dr Shifrin

A big thank you to Dr. Shifrin, his awesome staff, and his surgical team.
He removed my adrenal gland. Healed quickly, not much pain, and minimal scaring.
I would highly recommend Dr. Shifrin.
Thank you again,
Richard (Manasquan)

I wish there were words to describe my wonderful feeling regarding this dr. Shiftin. After two years son my surgery I am cured. Since my surgery from Cushing Syndrome- I am 100% better, just like he said I would be. I love you, love you, love you more than words can ever say. I thank you for saving my life!!!

Dr. Shifrin, and his staff were the best!!!!! Knowledgable, compassionate, and made you feel very comfortable. My adrenal gland surgery was a complete success. The scarring was minimal, and I am feeling great!!! I would recommend Dr. Shifrin to anyone needing this type of surgery. He really is an amazing surgeon!!
On my follow up visit, I was telling Dr. Shifrin about a children's foundation I'm involved with. The Songs of Love Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child’s name and references to all of his or her favorite activities, things, people, and pets. Songs are written and performed in any language in the musical style that the child likes best (kids, pop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, etc.), by many talented singer/songwriters.
As each child is unique, so is every ‘song of love’ composition. Since 1996 the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 27,000 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states and the world. For more info please visit us @
Dr. Shifrin was very interested in hearing about this wonderful children's organization. and said that he would share it.
A great surgeon, and a good guy.

From the first phone call to the office and speaking with Linda and her colleagues, we knew we were on a winner. None of that awful ding dong music that then takes you to a message machine that you may or may not get a call back from. You get a living person talking directly to you. That is a ten right there. The rare occasion I left a message the call back came within minutes.

The staff are terrific and very helpful. The office is super clean. Dr Shifrin is totally knowledgeable and it shows. Other surgeons had said it was too hard for them, one even said he may have to split my sternum. Dr Shifrin said, "This is not that far down, we can do this very well with only a small incision". When I read the post surgery documents, I was shocked what he had managed to achieve with a small two inch scar ... what an amazing, talented surgeon. I was unable to have my family with me pre surgery, yet the team came in and were all very reassuring, introducing themselves one at a time, and explaining their role. Follow up was also excellent. Thank you Dr Shifrin.

The only aside I would make is that the close harmony singing of "This Gland is your gland, this gland is my gland" was a little off key" (Joke!) But there again, I feel comfortable enough to make a joke. Not many doctors you can do that with these days.

Total Thyroidectomy
Dr. Shifrin A True Professional, Knowledgeable doctor. Words cannot describe how grateful and at ease I was when I found out Dr. Shifrin was a provider with my new insurance. I met Dr. Shifrin approximately 3-4 years ago. He performed a biopsy on several nodules I had at the time (benign) _ great! Went on with my life, and lost my job. Time passes and I start a new job. Unfortunately, at this time I'm not feeling too well. I was very bless that Dr. Shifrin was a provider in the network with my new insurance - "Thank God". I went to see the doctor and after several test was told I needed surgery. To make a long story short, Dr. Shifrin was amazing. I knew with him I was going to be OK, with any other surgeon I would not have been so confident and at ease. His office staff have so much knowledge and compassion. I will never forget the first time I met Linda - she is the best!. Thank you all for everything and most of all Dr. Shifrin - I am able to swallow again. Once the thyroid was removed it was send to pathology. "Happy Ending" (benign). God Bless to all the Great Surgeons out there and especially to the one and only "Dr. Shifrin"!

Overall Rating
5.0 /5
Ease of Appointment
5.0 /5
5.0 /5
Courteous Staff
5.0 /5
Accurate Diagnosis
5.0 /5
Bedside Manner
5.0 /5
Spends Time with Me
5.0 /5
Follows Up After Visit
5.0 /5

– Erlina F.

Dear Dr. Shifrin,

I wanted to thank you for a highly positive experience through my parathyroidectomy in May of 2016. Dr. Shiffrin and his team were incredible and calming throughout the entire process. I am extremely pleased with the results and already feeling great.
Further, the Jersey Shore Medical Center upheld amazing service with attentive staff, a clean atmosphere, and overall professionalism. I cannot thank them enough.
Thank you again and will definitely recommend you very highly.

Celine Gordon

After I learned that I had a 6cm mass on my thyroid, I did a great deal of research to identify the best surgeon to operate on me. Those in the know insisted that my only path forward for treatment was to make an appointment with Dr. Shifrin. Following my first consultation with Dr. Shifrin, I was convinced I absolutely made the right decision. When I first met with him, I was impressed with his focus and dedication to understanding the facts and the particulars of my condition. Following his careful review of my lab reports and ultrasounds, he outlined a specific and decisive plan to address my condition. He was very patient and attentive and listened to and thoughtfully addressed my questions as well as my sons’. Despite this being such a difficult operation and situation to be in, I was comforted knowing his extensive experience in performing so many other similar surgeries, his extraordinary depth of knowledge and brilliance. I had complete confidence that Dr. Shifrin fully understood my condition and exactly what was going to be required. I am grateful that Dr. Shifrin is part of my recovery team and that he made such a serious commitment to me and my family to aid in bringing me back to good health. His brilliance and mastery of his craft are truly valued and respected – Truly 5 stars!!
I would like to also add that his team/office is likewise outstanding and shares his sentiment for excellence in patient care. His team carefully choreographed my entire surgery from pre-op to post-care follow-up visits and referrals.

I had surgery to remove a problematic parathyroid roughly 5 months ago. It was a very difficult surgery in large part to deal with complications from a surgery roughly 30 years ago, fortunately I was referred to Dr. Shifrin. While the surgery was difficult, more for Dr. Shifrin as I was under sedation, the subsequent recovery and results have been nothing but remarkable. All of the symptoms caused by hyperparathyroidism have disappeared, and shockingly even to Dr. Shifrin my blood pressure has improved dramatically. The care I received from everyone on Dr Shifrin's staff was nothing less than outstanding! Overall a top rate medical experience (if there is such a thing). If you have similar problems Dr. Shifrin is without a doubt the surgeon for you!

Dr. Shifrin, you and your entire office staff are nothing less than highly professional, courteous, caring and competent. In addition, your surgery team was awesome. They totally eased my apprehension and made my parathyroid surgery, a pleasant experience. I was treated like royalty, especially, their attention to my vocal cords and nerve. Since I am a singer, the fact that they were so “present” and empathetic to my concerns, really made me feel special. I would highly recommend you, your staff and your surgical team to anyone needing any of the endocrine system evaluations or surgeries. I’m so glad I found you! You were the answer to my finally feeling good, after not feeling well for a very long time. Just as important, my singing has been “uninterrupted”. Thank you so much!

Dr. Shifrin, you and your entire office staff are nothing less than highly professional, courteous, caring and competent. In addition, your surgery team was awesome. They totally eased my apprehension and made my parathyroid surgery, a pleasant experience. I was treated like royalty, especially, their attention to my vocal cords and nerve. Since I am a singer, the fact that they were so “present” and empathetic to my concerns, really made me feel special. I would highly recommend you, your staff and your surgical team to anyone needing any of the endocrine system evaluations or surgeries. I’m so glad I found you! You were the answer to my finally feeling good, after not feeling well for a very long time. Just as important, my singing has been “uninterrupted”. Thank you so much!

On January 8, 2016 Dr. Shifrin totally removed my thyroid. I want to thank him for his expertise and for the confidence he gave to me from start to finish. It was an extremely successful operation. I never took a Tylenol and felt wonderful the next day. I would definitely recommend Dr. Shifrin as an excellent surgeon.

I want to say a very big Thank You to Dr. Shifrin and his staff. My endocrinologist found the nodule on August 15th and I had the sonogram and biopsy done asap after that. I started researching surgeons since I had a bad feeling the biopsy would come back positive for cancer - which it did. I then met with my endo to discuss who I should see to do this surgery. When I mentioned Dr. Shifrin to her she said she was going to recommend him if I wanted to stay in New Jersey. My mind was made up at that point that he was going to be my surgeon! Meeting Dr Shifrin, he was very much to the point about what had to be done. He did not sugar coat anything. It may be unsettling for some, but I knew what he was going to tell me, so it was not a shock at all. I met with him a few weeks later so he can look at my vocal chords. I had my surgery on Nov 5, 2015 and it took approximately 3 hours. Dr Shifrin found additional lymph nodes up the other side of my neck and heading down into my chest so he removed everything he felt should not be there.

My scar is maybe 1.5-2" long and is barely visible after only 2 weeks. I was back to work on the 10th day after my surgery and am feeling great! RAI is next for me unfortunately, but hopefully after that is done, it will kill any remaining cells and I never have to see Dr Shifrin again for another surgery.. Fingers crossed for no recurrence!

If you want the best surgeon who specializes in thyroid surgery, he is the one, look no further!

Suzanne L. (New Jersey)
Nov 5, 2015

Thank you Dr Shifrin and staff for such an amazing experience! I can't thank you enough for helping me through my process. Dr Shifrin is an extremely knowledgable surgeon and I would recommend him to my friends and family! My scar is hardly noticeable and it has only been two weeks! Thank you to his PA Tara she is always involved and called to check up on me a couple of times !

I am very grateful and thankful that I found Dr. Shifrin and his team. Navigating through the difficult process of a cancer diagnosis was made a lot easier once i decided on Dr. Shifrin to take care of my thyroidectomy. Dr. Shifrin is very knowledgeable, answered all my questions and my wife's questions.
My surgery was done in two parts first was to take out my right thyroid lobe which had a very large nodule on it, the pathology came back inconclusive during surgery so it was sent out to upenn for further testing. Upon further testing it came back as malignent. Dr. Shifrin recommended me have the other side taken out in a second surgery. Well lets just say im very glad I took his advice. After second surgery and during follow up visit he informed me that another small nodule was found on left side and was also malignant. Dr. Shifrin performed two successful surgeries on my neck and the scar is very minimal same incision both times same size only one scar.
I would recommend Dr. Shifrin to anyone that needs and endocrine surgeon, look no further if you are looking, he is a very skilled surgeon.
Thank you Dr. Shifrin, Susan, Tara and all the medical staff involved at JSUMC!

Dr. Shifrin performed a complete thyroidectomy, as an outpatient, at Jersey Shore Medical Center on September 10, 2015. From the time I met Dr. Shirfrin for my first appointment, which was my biopsy, second appointment to discuss the results, followed by surgery and them my post operative appointment, I knew that I was in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon who was knowledgeable, caring , understanding easy to speak to and took as much time as I needed to answer all of my questions. My biopsy was quick and painless and done right in Dr. Shifrin's office with his wonderful team of professionals. The day of surgery Dr.Shifrin came in to speak to me and reviewed the procedures for surgery, once again, making me feel at ease. His Physician Assistant, Tara, also came to see me and she made me feel comfortable as well. The surgery went extremely well and I appreciated the follow-up calls from Dr. Shifrin's office and Jersey Shore Medical to see how I was feeling. You can hardly see my scar after only two weeks. Amazing! Look no further if you need a thyroid surgeon. Dr. Shifrin is the BEST! Thank you Dr. Shifrin

-Regina Gentile

Thank you Dr. Shifrin.
A few months ago I referred to your office due to an enlarged Thyroid with 6 nodules.
Needless to say, the original diagnosis left me concerned and worried about my health.
Did I have Thyroid cancer and if so would it be treatable.
From the moment I walked into your office, your team and especially you made me feel comfortable and reassured, whatever the situation, it would be handled effectively.
On July 30th 2015, my Thyroid and 6 nodules were successfully removed by Dr. Shifrin and his team at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
The overall experience was excellent and I received the greatest care a person could ever ask for.
Yesterday I met with Dr. Shifrin to review my pathology report and was delighted to lean everything was benign, no cancer.
I am so grateful for the care I received and recommend Dr. Shifrin and his entire staff to anyone that reads this.
In a day and age where so many people say you are just a number and no one cares, this is not the case here.
Dr. Shifrin has a heart and truly cares. I'm glad he is my Doctor !
Mark Weiss
Millstone New Jersey
August 11, 2015

It has now been 18 days since Dr. Shifrin performed the parathyroid surgery that changed my life. Prior to surgery I had been experiencing memory loss, severe bone pain and total exhaustion. Between the pain and the exhaustion I could hardly get through a day without taking a long nap.
Only a week after surgery I was already noticing such a difference. I remember walking in a parking lot & looking around and saying to my son that I was now noticing things in detail, like someone switched on a light in the dark.
My energy has returned, pain level decreased, and I am now able and interested in doing the normal everyday activities that I have not been able to do in years.
Thank you Dr. Shifrin for being the caring and skillful surgeon that everyone hopes to be lucky enough to have!! Thank you also to your office staff and the staff at Jersey Shore Hospital for making this experience an easy one for me.
Maureen Gillet July 2015

There are very few surgeons that specialize ONLY in Thyroid, and parathyroid surgeries. I did an extensive amount of research before choosing Dr. Alexander Shifrin. Living out of the area I had to travel 4 hours from upstate New York to have a consult with him. After meeting with him, it was decided I needed to have my thyroid and at least 1 parathyroid removed. I had to make one more trip before the surgery to have my vocal cords checked. On the day of the surgery, his surgical team put me at ease, they were thorough caring, and so organized, I felt like I was in excellent hands. Dr. Shifrin himself called me the day after the surgery to see how I was feeling. His nurse also called me 2 days later to see how I was recovering. On my follow-up visit, I found that the surgery turned out to be more complicated than expected, and it reinforced how lucky I was to have a surgeon of Dr. Shifrin's expertise and caliber. Very few surgeons monitor your vocal cords during the surgery as Dr. Shifrin does, which was very important to me being a teacher. The incision was very small in the crease of my neck, and will have very little scarring.
Although it made it more difficult to have to travel 4 hours for surgery, pre-op and post op visits, it was definitely worth it. If you need an endocrinologist to follow up, I would also recommend his wife; Dr. Svetlana Shifrin-Douglas, another knowledgeable, and caring doctor! I can't thank Dr. Shifrin enough, he is the best!
June 2015

Dear Dr. Shifrin and staff. My deepest thanks to you all for making an anxious experience as easy as possible. I am one week out from my surgery and have been back to work and for the most part, my life has returned to normal. Still healing of course and anticipating further treatment ahead, but the worst is over.
When I first met Dr. Shifrin, he did my ultrasound and didn't like what he saw. Later on the biopsy confirmed that there was cancer which had spread to the lymph nodes so everything had to come out. He was honest and told me the good and the bad of the situation, but also said there was not an option. Hearing the news was unsettling, but I didn even consider getting a second opinion cause my gut feeling told me he was the right surgeon to do the job. I can honesty say that on the day of surgery, I wasn't even nervous. I had faith in his skills and the entire staff was wonderful. Thank you all for helping me get through this. Jo Ann Petruzel 5/2015

I am 28 years old. I recently got engaged and am house hunting. Let's just pile on the life stressors by adding a thyroid cancer diagnoses. Luckily I found Dr. Shifrin. I can not thank him enough for all he did for me. I have never been in the hospital for anything in my life. I was a nervous wreck. He and his staff made me feel so comfortable. He answered all my questions and explained things as many times as I needed- until he was certain I understood. My first surgery was Jan 23. Recovery was a little rough, I took the pain medication and I think that caused me to feel icky even longer. When I went for my post-op appointment to go back to work Dr. Shifrin informed me I needed another surgery. Again, he and his team where incredibly efficient. My second surgery was scheduled for March 5th. Of course a day of a snow storm. Dr. Shifrin actually hung out with my Mom and I until I was brought into the operating room. He eased my mind by assuring me a complete thyriodectomy will not cause me to gain weight and wobble down the aisle on my wedding day. Recovery from my second surgery was much better. I did not use any pain meds. I was feeling better after 2 days. Over all an incredibly scary and stressful situation was eased by Dr. Shifrin and his staff. I am still adjusting to life without a thyroid but thanks to Dr. Shifrin I am healthier then I have ever been. Because of his work I am able to move on and enjoy all the excitement coming my way. Thank you Dr. Shifrin. I will forever be grateful that you were my surgeon.

Parathyroid surgery (5/4/2015)

Just had my post-op visit with Dr. Shifrin after my parathyroid surgery 18 days ago. I feel like a new person. I had so much bone pain from the high calcium in my blood that my lifestyle was very compromised because it was difficult to walk. Within two days of the surgery I was able to walk with ease and have no trouble going up and down stairs. The surgery was easy, the pain was minimal, and the recovery was quick and the very small incision is barely visible.

Thank you, Dr. Shifrin for an amazing result. Also thank you to the office staff for making me feel so comfortable during the whole process. The staff at Jersey Shore was excellent and very attentive to my needs.

By the way, I am 79 yrs. old but don't feel a day over 60.

Thank you Dr. Shifrin for a successful surgery. Scared to death on first visit...You made me and my husband understand exactly what would be happening. Your staff at the office and your team at the hospital were just GREAT..Made a long day go by very smoothly....I didn't even need a tylenol for pain. You were amazing.. thank you again for keeping me safe..
March 2015

Thank you Dr. Shifrin for a successful surgery. Scared to death on first visit...You made me and my husband understand exactly what would be happening. Your staff at the office and your team at the hospital were just GREAT..Made a long day go by very smoothly....I didn't even need a tylenol for pain. You were amazing.. thank you again for keeping me safe..

I was referred to Dr Shifrin from my endocrinologist because test results I had were suggesting that I was positive for papillary carcinoma with nodules on the right side of my thyroid. I was nervous of course because this cancer seemed to be a result of my primary cancer 10 years earlier, Hodgkins Lymphoma, and due to the radiation treatment I had back then I was more susceptible to thyroid cancer. The first visit with Dr Shifrin put my mind at ease. He was very understanding, thorough, and knowledgeable, which is exactly who I wanted working on me. His staff was also amazing. They answered all my questions and really put me at ease. I had surgery 2 weeks ago and I feel amazing. I was in a little more pain then expected (mostly due to the fact that it was positive for cancer so we ended up doing a total thyroidectomy with lymph node removal) but within 3 days I was back up playing with my 5 yr old. The incision looks and feels great and I couldn't be happier knowing that cancer has been removed. I would recommend Dr Shifrin and his staff to anyone going through thyroid issues in the future. 3/18/2015

I was diagnosed with a left adrenal tumor back in the winter of 2013. I had an office consult with two doctors, who, in my mind were not the right choice. Then, I found Dr. Shifrin! His knowledge, professionalism, explaination of the process, and his overall demeanor, assured me that I found the best surgeon for my case. My body frame is, let me say, far from a model, yet I never felt uncomfortable, or degraded in any way. Dr. Shifrin is first class and VERY SKILLED. His surgical staff also was able to guide me through a seamless experience, from beginning to end. I am doing very well and had minimal pain or side effects. If anyone is in need of the best surgeon, operating team, and office staff, do not hesitate to see Dr. Shifrin..

While visiting a friend at Jersey Shore Hospital, I inquired about endocrine surgeons in the area. That was my lucky day. Dr. Shifrin was highly recommended, and so I made my first appointment. From that first meeting and leading to and after my surgery, I was very comfortable in the fact that I finally made a great decision! His professionalism, skills, and just overall caring make Dr. Shifrin one of a kind. His team at the hospital was excellent. Maura is wonderful. The office staff is the best. What I thought was going to be a long process of paperwork, testing, etc., came off seamlessly, thanks to their experience. Having surgery is usually a stressful time, but with the excellence of Dr. Shifrin and his staff, this experience proved to be amazing. Thank you all!

A long overdue thank you to Dr. Shifrin and his staff. I had a TT in July 2014 after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. Admittedly, I'm not an easy patient - I wanted a lot of answers before undergoing surgery. Dr. S and his team were wonderful, handling all my calls, questions and concerns with respect and patience. He understood my paranoia about scarring and made the most careful, small incision I've ever seen in the realm of thyroid surgery. After an aggressive surgery, I ended up in the hospital for an extended stay, my body just didn't come out of anesthesia too well. Dr. Shifrin and Maura both visited me in the hospital, and ensured I was getting top notch care after a shaky first night. Maura even came by over the weekend to check on me again. I'm beyond pleased with my results, getting ready for RAI, and so far, feel wonderful! Thank you again for being patient and taking my concerns to heart.

Kristina H.

Dr. Shifrin thank you so much for performing my parathyroid surgery! After three days of recovery I felt great, had no more chills and my energy has returned! Thank you again for your help and getting me back to my normal self!

I would like to add to my original comment the following:
On May 7th I had to have radioactive iodine treatment as a follow-up to my cancer surgery. Prior to the actual treatment they did a scan called an iodine uptake scan. The scan shows how much thyroid tissue was left after the surgery. The technician asked me who did my surgery because there was so little tissue there. She said that they rarely see such complete removal of tissue. (FYI: during the removal of thyroid is absolutely impossible to remove 100% of every bit of the tissue. So they expect to see some remainig. My number was a .8) Once again...I was cared for by the right doctor. Thank you Dr. Shifrin!!!

I was diagnosed with papillary cancer of the thyroid in January 2014. I was very frightened. I thank God that I was able to get an appointment with Dr.Shifrin. His office staff is amazing. They were so nice and supportive. Dr. Shifrin sat with my husband and I and answered all of our questions. I knew from the first appointment that I was in the right doctor's care. Every thing happened exactly as he told me it would. My surgery was at the end of March and his surgical team did their best to keep me calm and informed. I would recommend him to anyone and already have. A cancer diagnosis is very frightening, but being cared for by the right team makes it so much easier.
Donna C