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Endocrine Surgery - Our Expertise UPMC endocrine surgeons are nationally recognized for their expertise in minimally invasive surgical approaches, and have extensive experience in a variety of advanced surgical techniques, including:


  • State-of-the-art diagnostics, including ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules
  • Minimally invasive thyroid surgery
  • Cervical lymph node dissection for thyroid cancer
  • Intra-operative ultrasound lymph node mapping for the treatment of recurrent thyroid cancer
  • Postoperative radioactive iodine ablation for thyroid cancer to minimize recurrence


  • Ultrasound and nuclear medicine localization of parathyroid tumors to accurately locate abnormal parathyroid glands
  • Video-assisted and minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
  • Intra-operative parathyroid hormone testing to successfully remove all abnormal parathyroid glands


  • Complete evaluation of adrenal tumors
  • Adrenal venous sampling for evaluation of select tumors
  • Minimally invasive or retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy

Other Services

  • Individualized multidisciplinary treatment strategies for endocrine diseases
  • Genetic counseling and testing for multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes, including educating MEN patients and families about these disorders, and providing management recommendations to their physicians
  • Identification and treatment of pancreatic endocrine tumors
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical trials