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The Endocrine Surgery Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides specialized treatment for diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Our program is one of the largest in the nation, with seven specialists who perform a high volume of endocrine procedures. This specialization requires highly focused training in the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine diseases.
Each patient's treatment plan is developed and managed by a multidisciplinary team of experts, including specialists from the Center for Endocrine Tumors in the Mass General Cancer Center, as well as Mass General’s Endocrine Unit.
We bring together the expertise of endocrinologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists and pathologists in the management of patients with both benign and malignant thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions. Each patient’s condition is seen from all perspectives, providing a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan.
Our surgeons have extensive experience in all aspects of endocrine care, including assessing thyroid nodules, and performing thyroid biopsies and thyroid surgeries. We are also highly skilled in the evaluation and management of more complex thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions, such as familial, recurrent or multi-gland diseases.
We perform high volumes of surgical procedures for a variety of conditions:
Our surgeons perform a range of endocrine procedures, including:
We pair patients and their referring physician with an experienced care coordinator who helps assess patient needs and coordinates all necessary appointments and tests. Our goal is to schedule patient appointments within one to two weeks, depending on each patient’s situation. In order to expedite the scheduling process, we encourage patients to confirm coverage options with their health insurance company and/or obtain a referral from their primary care physician prior to their first visit. Patients may request an appointment online, and physicians may refer a patient online, or call 617-643-7359 to speak with our care coordinator.
At your first appointment, you will meet with one of our experienced surgeons who will create a personalized treatment plan for you and will continue to lead your care. As part of your assessment, we will review your medical history, symptoms, and any imaging and laboratory results. We may also perform an ultrasound and/or ultrasound-guided biopsy. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your surgeon will coordinate your care plan with the other members of your endocrine surgery care team.
If you require surgery, your procedure may be scheduled at one of several locations, including Mass General in Boston, Newton-Wellesley Hospital or Mass General North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers. We are typically able to schedule patients for surgery very quickly. For all procedures, we employ the latest technology and techniques.
The incidence of thyroid cancer is increasing, making research in this area and other endocrine disorders vital. We invest in research through our basic science laboratories, health services research programs, tissue bank, clinical endocrine database and ongoing clinical trials, encouraging collaborative research studies among surgeons, pathologists, oncologists and endocrinologists at Mass General. Our research focuses on innovation and outcomes, and leverages our institutional experience.
We are committed to educating up-and-coming clinicians specializing in endocrine surgery. Our Endocrine Surgery Fellowship is dedicated to developing independent, skilled surgeons with a wide range of academic interests.
Our annual continuing medical education (CME) course, Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands, has been attended by surgeons and endocrinologists from around the world for nearly two decades. Learn more
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Tumors of the adrenal glands can cause many problems by excess secretion of certain adrenal-produced hormones, most often resulting in high blood pressure, which can be extreme.
Hyperthyroidism means overactivity of the thyroid gland, resulting in too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream.
A parathyroid tumor is a growth inside a parathyroid gland. Parathyroid tumors may cause increased levels of parathyroid hormones secreted by the parathyroid glands, leading to hyperparathyroidism.
Primary hyperparathyroidism is a metabolic disorder in which one (or more) of the parathyroid glands produces too much parathyroid hormone, which can result in the loss of bone tissue.
Thyroid tumors are either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) growths.
Information for patients and families about the thyroid gland and thyroid surgery.
Frequently asked questions on thyroid nodules and goiters, including causes, diagnosis and treatment options.
Information for patients and families about the parathyroid gland and parathyroid surgery.
Postoperative discharge instructions for patients undergoing an adrenalectomy (removal of an adrenal gland).
Postoperative discharge instructions for patients undergoing a parathyroidectomy (removal of the parathyroid).
Postoperative discharge instructions for patients undergoing a partial thyroidectomy (removal of the part of the thyroid).
Postoperative discharge instructions for patients undergoing total thyroidectomy (complete removal of thyroid).
A patient education website with information on diseases of the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands and neuroendocrine system.
Information, facts and statistics on thyroid cancer from the National Cancer Institute.
Sareh Parangi, MD, endocrine surgeon in the Thyroid Nodule Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses thyroid nodule biopsy results and treatment recommendations.
Roy Phitayakorn, MD, endocrine surgeon, and Giuseppe Barbesino, MD, endocrinologist, of the Thyroid Nodule Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discuss outcomes and ongoing care after thyroid surgery.
Endocrine Surgery Program
We also see patients in the following locations:
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care102 Endicott StreetDanvers, MA 01923
Newton-Wellesley Hospital2014 Washington StreetNewton, MA 02462
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