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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

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
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.
Prevalence of Osteoporosis in Patients with COPD
Researchers looked at the progression of osteoporosis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Degenerative Changes Seen in the Lumbar Spine Help Diagnose Osteoporosis in Elderly Women
A study examined degenerative changes in the lumbar spine in elderly women using measurements obtained from dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Researchers also looked at the implications for diagnosing these patients with osteoporosis.
Monthly Oral Ibandronate for Osteoporosis
US researchers investigated the long-term safety and effectiveness of once-monthly ibandronate, which was studied for up to 5 years in a long-term extension.
Is There a Link Between Atherosclerosis and Osteoporosis in Men with Type 2 Diabetes?
A study looked at the link between atherosclerosis and osteoporosis in men with type 2 diabetes. Article highlights what researchers discovered in this osteoporosis study.
Thyroid Cancer
Article provides basic information about thyroid cancer. Includes a discussion of papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options are also discussed.
Study Finds that Teen Pregnancy Can Lead to Osteoporosis
Learn whether pregnancy during adolescence is a predictor of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
Papillary Cancer
Article provides an overview of papillary thyroid cancer. Learn about papillary thyroid cancer basics, including papillary thyroid cancer symptoms, treatments, and prognosis
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.
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms
Thyroid cancer may not cause any symptoms at all, but there are possible thyroid cancer symptoms: neck pain, difficulty swallowing, a lump on the neck. Read more about thyroid cancer symptoms.
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 is when your parathyroid glands don't produce enough parathyroid hormone. Article written by a parathyroid specialist explains hypoparathyroidism, including treatments that may help.
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.

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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