Johns Hopkins Endocrine Surgery provides state-of-the art surgical care of endocrine diseases (thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands). Endocrine diseases are those that affect hormone producing glands of the body and require specialized care. At Johns Hopkins, our team collaborates with experts in endocrinology, ultrasound and diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, pathology, genetics and oncology to offer a comprehensive approach tailored to each person's needs. Research informs every aspect of your care to ensure that you have benefit from cutting-edge treatment options.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Endocrine Surgery
Along with providing patient care, we conduct research on our outcomes and endocrine surgical diseases to ensure we are providing the best and most effective care.
We partner with endocrinology, pathology, radiology and oncology experts to provide quality care. Our team reviews each patient's condition at tumor board meetings for multidisciplinary care. Our pathologists and radiologists can provide a second opinion for your diagnosis.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Our endocrine surgeons are fellowship-trained and accredited by the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. We are experienced in the treatment of common and unusual endocrine conditions, including those requiring initial and recurrent surgery.
Our surgeons treat the following endocrine conditions. Learn more about these conditions.
- Multiple endocrine neoplasias (MEN1, MEN2A, MEN2B)
- Familial medullary thyroid cancer
- Familial papillary thyroid cancer
- Succinate dehydrogenase mutations (SDH)
Did you know? What is an endocrine surgeon?
An endocrine surgeon specializes in surgical treatment of hormone producing glands in the body, known as endocrine glands. These glands include the thyroid, parathyroids, and adrenal glands which deliver critical hormones into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the hormones signal changes throughout your body. Endocrine surgeons have specialized training to perform expert surgery and to understand how changes in hormones can have a big impact on overall health.
Our surgeons assess all details of endocrine care, working closely with endocrinologists, radiologists, pathologists, and other specialists to ensure a timely and targeted treatment plan.
Endocrine Surgery Research Overview
Our research helps inform our clinical care so that we can provide you with the best and most current treatments. Our research program focuses on:
- Shared decision-making regarding extent of surgery for thyroid cancer
- Outcomes after thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy
- Unrecognized effects of hyperparathyroidism
- Preoperative risk of thyroid cancer in indeterminate nodules
- Optimal surgical management of patients with functional adrenal tumors
- Cost-effectiveness of endocrine surgical care
Our team conducts ongoing research aimed to improve the treatment and quality of life for people with endocrine conditions. Learn more about areas of research related to thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery.
- Shared Decision-Making: Research on this concept evaluates how shared decision-making related to the extent of thyroid surgery is influenced by the patient's gender, race, ethnicity, and social status.
- Voice and Swallowing Changes: We are conducting an observational study to understand how thyroid and parathyroid surgery performed without any complications impacts a person's voice, swallowing, and quality of life. The goal is to identify patients who are at risk of these subtle but important changes after thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy and find solutions to improve outcomes.
- Health Literacy: Our team is conducting a study determine how patients select the best thyroid surgery for them when there are multiple options. Our goal is to learn how patients best understand their treatment options to improve patient education to assist them in making the most informed choice and the best one for them.
- Quality of Life After Adrenalectomy: Our team is conducting research to evaluate the quality of life for individuals with Cushing's syndrome after undergoing an adrenalectomy. Patients who have an adrenal nodule and Cushing's syndrome (excessive steroid hormone) have many challenging symptoms including a change in appearance (round, puffy face), buffalo hump (an increase in fat pads just below the back of the neck), truncal obesity (increase in weight around the abdomen), wasting of muscles that causes weakness, easy bruising, facial hair in women, purplish "stretch marks" on your abdomen, easy infections, thinned skin with easy bruising or bleeding, high blood pressure, and changes in emotions from feelings of high to low. Some patients with excess steroid have nodules in both adrenal glands. We are examining whether quality of life is better for patients who have one adrenal gland removed (laparoscopic adrenalectomy) versus both adrenal glands removed (bilateral adrenalectomy).
- High Parathyroid Hormone (PTH): We are enrolling patients in a clinical study to help understand how high PTH levels can affect the heart and brain. Specifically, we are studying how high PTH impacts your mood and how you think (cognitive function). High PTH does not impact everyone the same way . We are working to identify other blood markers that can predict which patients with hyperparathyroidism will develop changes in cognitive function so we can work to prevent them.
Recently Published Research
Dr. Lilah Morris-Wiseman reviews how the genetics of papillary thyroid cancer can predict survival in BRAF V600E Decreases Survival in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer-Related Lymph Node Metastases.
Endocrine surgeon provide surgical treatment for thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions. Our surgeons have a comprehensive understanding endocrinology, radiology, pathology and oncology, collaborating with specialists to determine which treatment options would be best for your endocrine condition.
David Savin, PA-C
Caroline Umana, BSN, RN
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