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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Endocrine Tumors of the Pancreas
Insulin, glucagon, gastrin, and all other endocrine tumors of the pancreas. Written for patients, lots of pictures explain hormones, conditions, diabetes, cancer, tumors, surgery, and drug treatments. Find a hormone and/or cancer doctor and support group
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 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.
Thyroid Cancer: Medullary Cancer
Article discusses medullary thyroid cancer basics. Learn about common medullary thyroid cancer symptoms and treatments, such as thyroidectomy.
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.

Hyperparathyroidism FAQs

Dr. James Norman, a parathyroid specialist, answers the 3 questions he hears most frequently from his hyperparathyroidism patients.

Thyroid Gland Function Tests
Easy to understand description of all thyroid laboratory and x-ray tests, scans, and studies: how they are performed, and what they mean. Written for patients by doctors.
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.
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.
Diagnosing Hyperthyroidism: Overactivity of the Thyroid Gland
Hyperthyroid tests and thyroid x-rays to diagnose hyperthyroidism. Part of the largest thyroid site on the internet, written by experts for patients. Easy to understand with patient x-rays and illustrations.

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.
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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