The University of Chicago Medicine has been long recognized for excellence in surgical endocrinology care. Our surgeons, who are also distinguished academicians in the subspecialty of endocrine disease, are committed to compassionately evaluating, treating and managing challenging endocrine disorders, including diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands as well as unusual islet cell tumors of the pancreas.
In most cases, our endocrine surgeons consult with colleagues in medical endocrinology, nuclear medicine, radiology, pathology and gastroenterology to ensure patients receive comprehensive care that addresses the hormonal impact of the tumors in addition to the surgical removal of the tumor.
The delicate placement of these glands in the body makes surgical treatment highly sensitive in nature. Our surgeons possess the necessary experience as well as advanced technology to ensure glands are reached safely without negatively impacting nearby structures, such as the vocal cords, the glands themselves or the patient’s hormone levels.
Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques are utilized whenever possible. In addition to surgical treatment, our program is linked to an endocrine genetics clinic that offers patients and families comprehensive risk assessments to root out suspected inherited endocrine tumor syndromes. Our surgeons work with certified genetic counselors to craft treatment recommendations for patients who come through the Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL) Clincial Care Center.