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James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

EndocrineWeb Founder, Parathyroid Surgeon
The Norman Parathyroid Clinic
Tampa, FL

About James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

James Norman, MD, FACS, FACE, is recognized as one of world's foremost experts on parathyroid disease and the most experienced thyroid/parathyroid surgeon in the world. He is a board-certified in both surgery and endocrinology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and the American College of Endocrinology  (FACE). He is recognized as the inventor of minimally invasive parathyroid surgery in the mid-1990s and is credited with dramatically changing the way parathyroid surgery is performed.

Dr. Norman has held several important academic positions, including Professor of Surgery and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida. He also held the position of Director of Endocrine Surgery and the Director of Surgical Research. Dr. Norman left USF in 2000 to open the Norman Parathyroid Center, where he currently limits his practice to parathyroid surgery, performing over 2500 parathyroid operations annually.

He is a member of more than 20 prestigious medical societies, including the American Association for Endocrine Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American College of Endocrinology, American Association for Clinical Endocrinology, Endocrine Society, Society of University Surgeons, American Association for Head and Neck Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, and the AOA medical honor society (top 10% of doctors). He was the president of his medical school class, has been voted "Faculty of the Year" and "Teacher of the Year" several times. He has been recognized as one of America's Top Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America annually since 2004, and has been named one of the top 1% of American Surgeons by US News and World Reports annually since 2009. 

Dr. Norman has published more than 260 medical journal articles as well as 12 books and/or book chapters and he continues to publish on a near-monthly basis. He holds 9 US and foreign patents including patents for the techniques and tools used in mini-parathyroidectomy. Dr. Norman has received more than $4.5 million in federal and industry grants to support his research, including grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a pioneer in the field of online patient education, Dr Norman founded EndocrineWeb in 1997, and he quickly developed it into one of the premier medical websites playing a principal role in the recruitment of physicians for the majority of the site's content, until its sale to Vertical Health, LLC, in 2008.

Articles Written by James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer
After a thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid cancer or follicular thyroid cancer, you will have radioactive iodine therapy to eliminate any remaining thyroid cells. Review the basics of this thyroid cancer treatment.
Medullary Thyroid Cancer Forms
Medullary thyroid cancer (also called medullary thyroid carcinoma) has 4 forms: sporadic, MEN 2A-associated, MEN 2B-associated, and familial. Medullary thyroid is one of the least common thyroid cancers. Learn the differences in medullary thyroid cancer forms.
Evaluating Fracture Risk Following Osteoporosis Treatment
Researchers set out to understand the association between patients’ fracture risk and their discontinuation of the drug denosumab.
Hypoparathyroidism
Hypoparathyroidism is when your parathyroid glands don't produce enough parathyroid hormone. Article written by a parathyroid specialist explains hypoparathyroidism, including treatments that may help.
Thyroid Cancer: Follicular Cancer
Follicular thyroid cancer is the second most common type of thyroid cancer. Article provides an explanation of follicular thyroid cancer symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. Also covers radioactive iodine, thyroidectomy, and thyroid hormone replacement.
Monthly Doses of Minodronate for Osteoporosis Are Safe and Effective, Researchers Say
Research comparing the safety and effectiveness of oral minodronate at monthly doses of 30 mg or 50 mg to a daily dose of 1 mg in patients with osteoporosis.
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty as a Treatment for Osteoporotic Compression Fractures
How safe and effective is percutaneous vertebroplasty in the treatment of patients suffering from osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures adjacent to circumferential fusion?
Making the Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
Learn how osteoporosis is diagnosed and what bone mineral density scores have to do with osteoporosis diagnosis. How will your doctor tell if you have weakened bones and poor bone health?
Diagnosing Diabetes
Discover the 2 main tests used to diagnose diabetes in this article. You’ll learn about the fasting blood glucose level and the oral glucose tolerance test. See why these tests are so vital in diagnosing diabetes.
Hyperthyroidism: Overactivity of the Thyroid Gland
Complete description of treatments for hyperthyroidism written by a panel of experts for patients. Illustrations and patient x-rays help make it easy to understand. Part of the largest throid site on the Web, 100+ pages and illustrations.
Parathyroid Surgery: The Standard Technique
Hyperparathyroidism, a parathyroid disease, can be cured with surgery. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the standard technique of parathyroid surgery.
Diseases of the Adrenal Cortex: Cushing's Syndrome
This article is a comprehensive overview of Cushing's syndrome, which is caused by excess production of the hormone cortisol by the adrenal cortex. Learn about the history of this disease, along with the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments for Cushing's s
The Diabetes Center
Diabetes is a disorder characterized by hyperglycemia or elevated blood glucose (blood sugar). Our bodies function best at a certain level of sugar in the bloodstream. If the amount of sugar in our blood runs too high or too low, then we typically feel bad. Diabetes is the name of the condition where the blood sugar level consistently runs too high.
Osteoporosis and Parathyroid Disease
Osteoporosis and treatments of osteoporosis and causes of osteoporosis; calcium, parathyroid, Fosamax, Actonel, Evista. The effects of parathyroid disease on osteoporosis is covered including mini surgery to fix it.
What Is Thyroiditis?
Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. There are several kinds of thyroiditis. Read about the 3 main types and their symptoms, causes, and treatments: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (the most common), De Quervain's thyroiditis, and silent thyroiditis.

Articles Reviewed by James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

Medullary Thyroid Cancer Treatments
Medullary thyroid cancer is treated by a total thyroidectomy (removing the entire thyroid gland). You may also need to have some lymph nodes removed. Other medullary thyroid cancer treatments are discussed to help you make informed treatment decisions.

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