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James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

EndocrineWeb Founder, Parathyroid Surgeon
The Norman Parathyroid Clinic
Tampa, FL
Dr. Norman is a member of the EndocrineWeb Editorial Board.

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. He remains actively involved with the site's ongoing development.

Articles Written by James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

Hyperparathyroidism Diagnosis and Treatment
This article includes information about the diagnosis and treatment of hyperparathyroidism, a disease of the parathyroid glands that is characterized by the release of too much parathyroid hormone.
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
Pheochromocytomas: Adrenal Gland Tumors
Pheochromocytomas are adrenal gland tumors that produce excess adrenaline. In this article, you’ll find out about common symptoms, exams and tests, and treatments for pheochromocytomas.
Hyperglycemia Symptoms
Extreme hunger and thirst are common symptoms of hyperglycemia—when your blood glucose levels are too high. But what other symptoms should you look out for? See how hyperglycemia can affect someone with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes.
Managing Diabetes with Blood Glucose Control
Managing your blood glucose levels on a daily is a crucial part of living well with diabetes. Read here how often you should test your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, and what numbers you should be aiming for.
Hyperparathyroidism
This article shows you the basics of hyperparathyroidism—when your parathyroid glands overproduce parathyroid hormone. Learn about the symptoms, causes, complications, and treatments of hyperparathyroidism.
Thyroid Nodules
This article provides basic facts about thyroid nodules, which are abnormal growths of thyroid tissue. Learn about the symptoms of thyroid nodules and what to do if you have a nodule.
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.
Type 1 Diabetes
In this article, you’ll learn about type 1 diabetes basics. Find out about key causes and treatments of type 1 diabetes, as well as the important role that insulin has in managing this condition.
Hypothyroidism: Too Little Thyroid Hormone
Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones. The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 help regulate your body’s metabolism and how you use energy. Get the basics on this very common thyroid condition.
Diseases of the Adrenal Cortex: Adrenal Cancer
Adrenal cancer is very rare, especially adrenal cancer in the adrenal cortex. Article reviews characteristics of adrenal cancer and how doctors diagnose the condition.
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.
Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Cancer
This article provides a comprehensive overview of anaplastic thyroid cancer—the least common and most deadly type of thyroid cancer.
Normal Regulation of Blood Glucose
Insulin is the key hormone when it comes to diabetes: It regulates blood glucose. Learn more about insulin and blood glucose regulation in this article.
Your Thyroid Gland
Learn the basics of thyroid disease, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, and goiters. Article also explains thyroid hormones and what they do.

Articles Reviewed by James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

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.
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.
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 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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