Masha Livhits, MD
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Masha Livhits, MD

  • Endocrine Surgery
Endocrine Center | 100 Medical Plaza, Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Masha Livhits is an Endocrine Surgeon and Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA. She is the UCLA Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Director. An exceptional achiever since childhood, she attended college at the age of 12 through the highly competitive Early Entrance Program at California State University, Los Angeles. She then received her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and was awarded the prestigious Sarnoff Foundation genetics research grant.

Dr. Livhits completed her general surgery training and endocrine surgery fellowship at UCLA. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Livhits has published widely in the area of improving surgical outcomes and quality of care. She is dedicated to combining knowledge learned through research with her experience as a surgeon to deliver the best care to her patients. Her clinical and research interests include parathyroid disease, benign and malignant thyroid tumors, adrenal masses, and familial endocrine disorders. She helped to pioneer the new technique of single incision retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy in North America. She is the Co-Director of the UCLA Pheochromocytoma Center of Excellence. She has an ongoing clinical trial to study molecular testing for thyroid nodules.

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English, Russian


Medical Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 2014


Endocrine Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2015


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2014


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2007


MD, Washington University School of Medicine, 2006


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Can You Live a Normal Life With One Adrenal Gland
What Are Signs of Adrenal Problems
Side Effects of Radioactive Iodine
Normal and Abnormal Calcium Levels
Scars after thyroid and parathyroid surgery
Scar massage after thyroid and parathyroid surgery
Molecular Markers for Thyroid Cancer
Adrenal Causes of High Blood Pressure
Thyroid Nodules & Thyroid Cancer: What You Need to Know



  • Dr. Livhits' clinical and research interests include parathyroid disease, benign and malignant thyroid tumors, adrenal masses, and familial endocrine disorders


Link to Dr. Livhits' PubMed publications

  1. Biochemical and Skeletal Outcomes of Parathyroidectomy for Normocalcemic (Incipient) Primary Hyperparathyroidism. Sho S, Kuo EJ, Chen AC, Li N, Yeh MW, Livhits MJ. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Nov 7.
  2. Risk Factors for Readmission After Parathyroidectomy for Renal Hyperparathyroidism. Lee JD, Kuo EJ, Du L, Yeh MW, Livhits MJ. World J Surg. 2018 Oct 19.
  3. Association of Radioactive Iodine Administration After Reoperation With Outcomes Among Patients With Recurrent or Persistent Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Hung ML, Wu JX, Li N, Livhits MJ, Yeh MW. JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 15.
  4. Gene Expression Classifier vs Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing in the Management of Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules. Livhits MJ, Kuo EJ, Leung AM, Rao J, Levin M, Douek ML, Beckett KR, Zanocco KA, Cheung DS, Gofnung YA, Smooke-Praw S, Yeh MW. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jun 1;103(6):2261-2268.
  5. Decreasing Use of Radioactive Iodine for Low-Risk Thyroid Cancer in California, 1999 to 2015. Park KW, Wu JX, Du L, Leung AM, Yeh MW, Livhits MJ. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Mar 1;103(3):1095-1101.
  6. Recent Pregnancy Is Not Associated with High-Risk Pathological Features of Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Chen AC, Livhits MJ, Du L, Wu JX, Kuo EJ, Yeh MW, Leung AM. Thyroid. 2018 Jan;28(1):68-71.
  7. Individualizing Surgery in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Based on a Detailed Sonographic Assessment of Extrathyroidal Extension. Kuo EJ, Thi WJ, Zheng F, Zanocco KA, Livhits MJ, Yeh MW. Thyroid. 2017 Dec;27(12):1544- 1549.
  8. Risk Factors Associated With Reoperation and Disease-Specific Mortality in Patients With Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma. Kuo EJ, Sho S, Li N, Zanocco KA, Yeh MW, Livhits MJ. JAMA Surg. 2018 Jan 1;153(1):52-59.
  9. Factors Associated With Discordance Between Preoperative Parathyroid 4-Dimensional Computed Tomographic Scans and Intraoperative Findings During Parathyroidectomy. Sho S, Yuen AD, Yeh MW, Livhits MJ, Sepahdari AR. JAMA Surg. 2017 Dec 1;152(12):1141-1147.
  10. Single-incision retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy: a North American experience. Sho S, Yeh MW, Li N, Livhits MJ. Surg Endosc. 2017 Jul;31(7):3014-3019.


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