About the Center

Our Hospitals

Parathyroid, Thyroid, and Adrenal Institute

The Norman Parathyroid Center operates out of two hospitals. Our main center is at the Thyroid and Parathyroid Institute at Tampa General Hospital. This Center of Excellence was founded by Dr Jim Norman in the mid 1990’s and then expanded to include thyroid surgery in 2016 with the addition of Dr Gary Clayman of the Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center (discussed below) the Carling Adrenal Center in 2019, and the Suh Scarless Thyroid Center in 2020.

Our secondary center is at the Memorial Hospital of Tampa. This is an excellent hospital located centrally in the heart of Tampa with a great reputation and the best staff in the world. We perform about 25% of our parathyroid operations at Memorial Hospital.

COVID-19 Virus and the Move to Memorial Hospital of Tampa

Beginning May, 2020 the Norman Parathyroid Center moved 20% of their patients to a second hospital about 4 miles away for several reasons. The excellent reputation of Memorial Hospital had us planning this move for some time, but when the COVID-19 virus situation occurred we quickly completed the move. We did this to spread our patients out for their protection, decreasing the number of patients in any one area by 20%. We moved to Memorial Hospital of Tampa which was nearly completely isolated from the virus problem. Those of you coming to this hospital will love the people!

We operate out of both hospitals for your safety, but everybody still gets at least two of our expert surgeons.

The Parathyroid Center has it’s own operating rooms, waiting room, preoperative areas and recovery room. Every doctor, nurse, technician, and employee in the Parathyroid Center has dedicated their career to the treatment of patients with parathyroid problems; they don’t work in any other area of the hospital. You will be surrounded by other patients just like you, many of whom have traveled long distances to see us.

A dedicated center is better for you!

A center dedicated to one disease process has many benefits for you, both seen and unseen. What you will find obvious are marble floors leading to a beautiful waiting area and wonderful views of the waters of Tampa Bay from within almost every patient room. You will also find that all of the staff have taken care of thousands of parathyroid patients before you, so they are aware of your needs and know how to make your stay with us pleasant and stress-free. We also hope you can see that every member of our team is happy and they enjoy their jobs.

Safety is Rule #1

One of the most important aspects of our surgical practice is the safety and efficiencies that come from dedicating one area of the hospital to one disease. For instance, our operating rooms are only used for our patients. “Regular” patients from the rest of the hospital do not have access to our areas, and therefore our operating rooms are not exposed to the dangerous bacteria and infections that are present in all hospitals. We know of no other parathyroid surgeons who share this model—they simply can’t because they do not have the volume to support even one operating room and therefore the hospital uses those same operating rooms to take care of any patient with any disease, no matter how contaminated they are.

It is a great benefit to you to be taken care of in a facility (and by staff) that is not regularly exposed to the typical hospital-acquired bacterias. We are not aware of any patient that got an infection of one of our wounds.

One of America’s Best Hospitals

Tampa General Hospital is one of America’s largest hospitals and was been named the “Best Hospital in Florida” in 2015 and is in the list of America’s Best Hospitals by US News and World Reports for over 15 years, with top ratings in 7 specialties, including Endocrinology, Head and Neck Surgery, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Transplant, Urology, and Trauma. TGH serves as the major teaching hospital for the University of South Florida School of Medicine, however, the Parathyroid Center does NOT have medical students or residents participating in our operations. This major hospital has nearly 7000 employees and an award-winning staff.

Dr Norman started his surgical career at TGH as a resident in 1986, and the majority of the innovations in parathyroid surgery have occurred here. We enjoy a great working relationship with our hospital and its leadership.

Our Sister Center: Thyroid Surgery

The synergy between parathyroid disease and thyroid disease is obvious. In 2016 we successfully recruited the most experienced and sought-after thyroid surgeon in America to join our team. Dr Gary Clayman was the Chief of Surgical Oncology and the Head of Thyroid/Endocrine Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for 17 years.

Dr Clayman came to Tampa to open the Clayman Thyroid Cancer Center alongside Dr Norman and colleagues, and our hospital is now undergoing a large renovation of the 6th floor to more than quadruple the size of the Parathyroid Center to house the Thyroid Center in the same facility, using the same models of efficiency and excellence.

Although the word “Cancer” is in the name of the Center, Dr Clayman and his staff perform all forms of thyroid surgery. If your family is in need of surgical excellence for thyroid nodules or thyroid cancer, then introduce them to the thyroid-side of our new facility. You can read more about thyroid cancer at www.thyroidcancer.com and more about Dr Gary Clayman.