About the Center

Parathyroid Center History

Unparalleled Care and Expertise

The Norman Parathyroid Center is the leading provider of health information and services for parathyroid disorders worldwide. The online educational information and decision support applications we provide help consumers take an active role in managing their health by providing objective, peer-reviewed information on parathyroid function and disease. Our surgical practice in Tampa, Florida is dedicated to parathyroid surgery exclusively and boasts the 7 most experienced parathyroid surgeons in the world with the highest cure rates possible via our exclusive 2-surgeon 4-gland examination that typically takes 20 minutes. We now operate out of the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery–a hospital that has been a dream of Dr Norman’s for 20 years.

Founded in 1994, the Norman Parathyroid Center has treated far more patients with parathyroid disorders than any other institution by more than 20-fold. Our surgeons have made numerous advances in the way parathyroid surgery is performed and have published over 750 peer-reviewed articles including the 8 largest publications on hyperparathyroidism.

Unmatched Experience

We have performed over 55,000 parathyroid operations, now performing approximately 3,500 annually; about 75 per week. Complex patients with associated thyroid problems or previous failed parathyroid surgery comprise over 35% of our practice. We perform nearly 80% of the parathyroid operations in Florida, and nearly 10% of all parathyroid surgery in the US; more than the top 20 universities combined. We are the leading parathyroid surgeons for patients residing in nearly 40 states including California, Texas and New York. Our patients come from all over the world, with nearly 60% living outside of Florida and 8% living outside the US. We operate on more patients from Canada than any hospital in Canada.

Our Founder

NPC was founded by Dr Jim Norman while he was Professor of Surgery and Director of Endocrine Surgery at the University of South Florida. Dr Norman made a number of discoveries and advances in the conduct of parathyroid surgery that have revolutionized the field. His innovations (several of which were patented) have changed a 4-hour exploration into a 20-30 minute, routine, outpatient procedure. Dr Norman has been the leading international voice for innovation in parathyroid diagnosis and treatment for over 2 decades.

The Dream Team of parathyroid surgeons

One of Dr Norman’s greatest skills is in team building and he has put together the world’s finest group of endocrine surgeons, each brilliant and a rising star prior to joining the NPC team. He successfully recruited the best endocrine surgeons from around the country to work with a single mission and focus–to change parathyroid disease and parathyroid surgery.

Each of the surgeons are unparalleled in their knowledge of hyperparathyroidism and in their expertise within the tricky confines of the human neck. This “Dream Team” of head/neck surgeons perform one operation with unparalleled expertise. These guys are not your average local surgeons. These guys (and gal) are far, far better at this than anybody else in the world.

The new Hospital for Endocrine Surgery

Beginning in January 2022, the Norman Parathyroid Center operates out of the brand new Hospital for Endocrine Surgery–a hospital build specifically to cater to the needs of patients with parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal tumors. The hospital has been a long time goal of Dr Norman and was built by HCA Healthcare (the nation’s largest hospital chain). It is home to the Norman Parathyroid Center, and its three sister Centers of Excellence: the Clayman Thyroid Center, the Carling Adrenal Center, and the Robotic Scarless Thyroid Center.  This hospital performs more thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery than any other hospital in the world by far.

Every operating room at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery is dedicated to endocrine (parathyroid, thyroid and adrenal) surgery only and thus these operating rooms, staff and instruments are not exposed to the aggressive bacteria and other contaminants that can be found in large hospitals and operating rooms—providing yet another unseen benefit to our patients—infection rates are essentially zero.

All of the Parathyroid Center staff and the entire staff at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery have dedicated their careers to taking care of parathyroid patients. Thus, our nurses, techs, and staff know exactly what to expect for our patients and can anticipate their every need. Every member of our team aims is to provide the best doctor/hospital experience our patients have ever had.

Thyroid Vs. Parathyroid — A Missed Opportunity

In the fall of 2016, we were successful in recruiting America’s most experienced, and most well-known THYROID surgeon to join our team. Dr Gary Clayman was the chief of head/neck oncology and the chief of endocrine surgery at MD Anderson Hospital (Houston, TX) for over 17 years before joining us to form the Clayman Thyroid Center which is the highest volume thyroid cancer center in the US, performing about 1000 thyroid cancer operations annually.

Bringing the best endocrine surgeons together under one umbrella provides significant benefits to our patients because of the collective experience and expertise with virtually any situation that can arise. So, when a friend or family member requires thyroid surgery, have them contact the Clayman Thyroid Center www.ThyroidCancer.com.

Adrenal Surgery

In 2019 we added adrenal surgery to our offerings by recruiting the world’s most experienced and respected adrenal surgeon, Dr Tobias Carling.  Dr Carling was the Chief of Endocrine Surgery at Yale University prior to joining Drs Norman and Clayman in Tampa. More adrenal operations are performed here than at any other hospital in the world. Read more about the Carling Adrenal Center at www.adrenal.com.

Scarless Robotic Thyroid Surgery

The last Center of Excellence opened by the Dream-Team of endocrine surgeons in Tampa was the Robotic Scarless Thyroid Center. The chief surgeon Dr Hyun Suh was the Chief of Endocrine Surgery at Mt Siani Hospital (NYC). Through the use of the operating robot, Dr Suh removes thyroid glands and thyroid tumors but leave no scar in the neck whatsoever. This is a fantastic option for younger patients and women with many types of thyroid tumors.

Technology-Driven Healthcare

We are dedicated to using technology to augment the diagnosis of disease, improve outcomes, and enhance the overall patient experience. This dedication started with Dr Norman’s developments in the operating room in the early 1990’s, expanded to his enhancement of the techniques for performing sestamibi scans, and then developing www.parathyroid.com in 1996 (very early Internet) which now boasts over 8,500 unique users per day, downloading one million pages every few weeks.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps are the latest technologies we use to enhance patient outcomes and empower the patient to understand their disease and contribute to their own diagnosis and treatment. The app you are using now is our third mobile app. Our first, CalciumPro, is a 5-star rated app that has helped tens of thousands of patients diagnose their hyperparathyroidism and has been a top-rated medical app since its release in 2013.

We didn’t just buy this app from some vendor… we made it from scratch using our friends at Haneke Designs–one of the country’s best app developers, located here in Tampa. If you like this app, please give it a 5-Star rating in the App Store!

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While your at it, if you used our CalciumPro App to help you diagnose your parathyroid disease, please go to the App Store and give it a 5-Star review!

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