Yaron Tomer, MD
- Practice Specialty
- Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, Internal Medicine
- Medical Education
- Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
- Sheba Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Main Location
- Academic Title
- Professor and University Chair, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Administrative Title
- Anita and Jack Saltz Chair in Diabetes Research, Department of Medicine, Montefiore
- Clinical Focus
- Dr. Tomer’s research focuses on thyroid diseases, pituitary diseases, female reproduction, and calcium and bone disorders.
- Research Focus
Dr. Tomer is a physician scientist, and his research program focuses on the immunogenetic, epigenetic and environmental mechanisms underlying thyroid autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes, and on targeting these mechanisms in order to develop novel therapies. His group has made several important discoveries, including: identifying new genes and mechanisms underlying the strong association between type 1 diabetes and autoimmune thyroiditis; demonstrating that CD40 and thyroglobulin are major susceptibility genes for thyroid autoimmunity; identifying a unique amino acid variant in the peptide binding pocket of HLA-DR that is key for the development of thyroid autoimmunity; dissecting the epigenetic mechanisms by which polymorphisms in the thyroglobulin and TSHR genes interact with environmental agents (e.g., viruses) to trigger thyroid autoimmunity; demonstrating that the hepatitis C virus can trigger autoimmune thyroiditis by directly infecting thyroid cells; and identifying a novel compound that can block antigen presentation in autoimmune thyroiditis.
Dr. Tomer has served on the editorial boards of Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, among other journals.
Yaron Tomer, MD, FACP graduated magna cum laude from the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University. He trained in internal medicine at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, and in endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Tomer is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the American Thyroid Association’s Van Meter Award and the Abbot Thyroid Clinical Research Mentor Award.