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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

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.
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.
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.
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.
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 is a rare endocrine syndrome that involves the pituitary gland, parathyroid glands, and pancreas. Read this expert overview on MEN 1 treatments and prognosis.
Thyroid Goiter Treatments
In this article, learn about common symptoms and treatments of thyroid goiter—an enlargement of the thyroid gland that creates a visible mass in the neck.
Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments of Type 2 Diabetes
The typical type 2 diabetes patient is overweight ,although there are exceptions. In contrast to type 1 diabetes, symptoms often have a more gradual onset. Type 2 diabetes is associated with insulin resistance rather than the lack of insulin, as seen in type 1 diabetes.
Osteoporosis: The Role of Calcium in Maintaining Bone Strength
Award winning site discusses role of calcium and calcium supplements in osteoporosis. Osteoporosis, diagnosis, complications and the newest drugs discussed. Learn about calcium, Citracal, Oscal and other calcium supplements, menopause, estrogen, Fosamax,
Osteoporosis and Osteoporosis in Women
Osteoporosis in Women and Menopause. Award winning osteoporosis site. Menopause and risks of osteoporosis and fragile bones. Menopause and estrogen effects on bones and the newest drugs discussed in non-biased fashion. Learn about calcium, menopause, estr
Minimal Parathyroid Surgery
New operation for parathyroid requires 25 minutes and local anesthesia to treat parathyroid problems. Parathyroid disease and hyperparathyroidism can be treated with minimal outpatient surgery.
M.E.N. Syndromes: Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
Award winning site for endocrine syndromes and MEN syndromes. Dagnosis, complications, treatments of MEN syndromes: MEN 1, MEN 2, MEN 2a, MEN 2b. Parathyroid, adrenal, pituitary, thyroid. Endocrine support groups and chat rooms are here.
Osteoporosis: Maintenance of Strong Bones as an Adult
Learn about normal bone function, bone growth, and the process of bone remodeling in this educational article.
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.
Treatment of Diabetes: The Diabetic Diet
Is managing type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes as easy as eating well? Learn about the diabetic diet and how to count carbs to maintain a healthy weight and treat your diabetes.
Thyroid Cancer: Anaplastic Cancer
This article provides a comprehensive overview of anaplastic thyroid cancer—the least common and most deadly type of thyroid cancer.

Articles Reviewed by James Norman MD, FACS, FACE

Incidence and Types of Thyroid Cancer
There are four types of thyroid cancer: papillary thyroid cancer, follicular thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid cancer, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. Start here for an overview of the types of thyroid cancer.
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.
Thyroid Tumor Staging
Your doctor will classify your thyroid cancer by its size, if it's spread beyond the thyroid, and if it's affected the lymph nodes. This is called thyroid tumor staging. Learn more about this complex system here.
Thyroid Cancer Symptoms, Possible Causes, and Risk Factors
Review the signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer, as well as the causes and risk factors. Thyroid cancer doesn't have many symptoms, but many thyroid cancer patients notice a lump on their throat. Age and family history are two risk factors; learn about ot
Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis
Thyroid cancer diagnosis is a process of blood tests, lab tests, imaging tests (CT scans, for example), and a physical exam. Learn what your doctor will do in diagnosing thyroid cancer.
Thyroid Cancer Treatments
To treat your thyroid cancer, your doctor will create a thyroid cancer treatment plan. Learn what may be in that plan, including thyroid surgery, radioactive iodine, and radiation therapy.

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