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Welcome to the Columbia Parathyroid Center, a collection of leading medical and surgical specialists from multiple departments who have come together for a single purpose: to provide the highest quality care for anyone dealing with problems related to the parathyroid glands.
Our team’s mission is to improve the standard of care for all parathyroid patients worldwide. Although our center is based in New York, we are a resource for people with parathyroid conditions throughout United States and all over the world.
If you have a parathyroid condition, we want to help. Call (212) 305-0444 or request an appointment online today.
Highlights of Our Center
A team-based approach
Parathyroid disease can affect many parts of the body, which is why our surgeons and endocrinologists team up closely with specialists from across the Columbia medical campus to make sure every aspect of your condition receives expert care.
Advanced surgical options with less scarring, faster recovery
New, minimally invasive techniques allow us to fully treat parathyroid disease while putting less stress on your body. That means smaller incisions, smaller scars, less pain, and an all-around quicker recovery.
More surgical experience, better surgical outcomes
We perform more parathyroid procedures than any other program in the region, giving us more experience that’s been proven to translate to better results and outcomes. In addition, our Endocrine Surgeons are world leaders in the field of Endocrine Surgery and have written international guidelines on the care of patients with parathyroid disease as well as serve in the leadership of national and international Endocrine Surgery societies.
Advanced parathyroid imaging
Our group has optimized the 4D CT scan, a specialized CAT scan that is 97% accurate at identifying diseased parathyroid glands. In contrast, most parathyroid imaging tests like sestamibi scans are only about 80% accurate.
Metabolic Bone Unit
This pioneering team of parathyroid experts has conducted much of the critical research in parathyroid disease, oversees international guidelines that physicians use to care for patients, and provides second opinions to patients from all over the world with parathyroid disease that is difficult to diagnose and/or manage.
Pediatric Parathyroid Services
Our team of dedicated pediatric parathyroid experts focus on the care of children with parathyroid diseases.
Coordination and convenience
Our center features a dedicated patient navigator to help make sure your experience with us goes as smoothly as possible. They’ll help prepare for your appointment, coordinate with other specialists, clarify any insurance and billing concerns, and will always be available to make sure your questions are answered. For added convenience, we also offer same-day consultations, as well as video visits which can be done from the comfort of your own home.
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Stories & Perspective
State of the Union: Thyroid, Parathyroid and Endocrine Surgery in 2021
Chief of Endocrine Surgery James Lee, MD, explains the current state of the field and discusses coming advances. Read More »
About Parathyroid Conditions & Treatments
Making informed decisions about your health means knowing the ins and outs of your condition and its treatment options. We’ve put together these health guides to help clear things up and answer all your questions.
About the Parathyroid Glands
At the Columbia Parathyroid Center, a team of expert physicians from multiple specialties work together to present every individual with a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan for his or her parathyroid disease.
To get in touch with our team, call (212) 305-0444 or Request an Appointment
Clinical Care Team
Surgery is often the most effective treatment for parathyroid diseases. It may also be needed to make a diagnosis of parathyroid cancer.
James Lee, MD
Jennifer Kuo, MD
Catherine McManus, MD
Eric J. Kuo, MD
Endocrinologists are typically the first line in establishing a diagnosis of parathyroid disease and setting up a treatment plan, and they help coordinate your care with other specialists.
John Ausiello, MD
John P. Bilezikian, MD
Angela L. Carrelli, MD
Susana Ebner, MD
Salila Kurra, MD
Mishaela R. Rubin, MD
Shonni J. Silverberg, MD
Pinar J. Smith, MD
Marcella Walker, MD
Anesthesiology – Doctors in this field oversee sedation during surgery and pain management in the immediate post-surgery period
- Brian J. Egan, MD | Anesthesiologist
- H. Thomas Lee, MD, PhD | Anesthesiologist
- John S. Mercer, MD | Anesthesiologist
- Julia B. Sobol, MD | Anesthesiologist
- Gebhard Wagener, MD | Anesthesiologist
Genetics – Some parathyroid disorders have an inherited component, and some inherited diseases may affect the parathyroid. Geneticists help identify your risk for these conditions and the risk of passing them on to your children.
- Wendy Chung, MD | Geneticist
Pathology – This is the study of disease at the cellular level. Pathologists look at samples from biopsies and surgeries to confirm whether or not diseases like cancer are present.
- Xiaowei Chen, MD | Pathologist
- John P. Crapanzano, MD | Pathologist
- Diane Hamele-Bena, MD | Pathologist
- Karl Perzin, MD | Pathologist
- Anjali Saqi, MD | Pathologist
- Patricia Tiscornia-Wasserman, MD | Pathologist
- Andrew T. Turk, MD | Pathologist
Resources & More
Call us at (212) 305-0444 or reach us through our online appointment form.
Documents and records can be faxed to us at (646) 317-1294 (Temp Fax #).
Herbert Irving Pavilion, 8th Floor
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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155 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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Planning & Preparing
- Finding an Endocrine Surgeon: What should you look for?
- FAQs about Parathyroid Surgery
- What to Expect at a Consultation
- How to Prepare for a Consultation
- What to Expect After a Consultation
- What to Expect – Your Surgery
- How to Prepare for an Operation
- Patient Form (PDF File)
- Parathyroid Surgery: Post-Surgery Guide (PDF File)
- Care after Endocrine Surgery
Stories & Perspectives
- State of the Union: Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Endocrine Surgery in 2021: Chief of Endocrine Surgery James Lee, MD, explains the current state of the field and discusses coming advances. Read More »
Living with Parathyroid Disease—Susan’s Story: What does ‘paying it forward’ mean to you? For Susan Harris, it means sharing her story here, so that it may help reassure others who face similar circumstances. Read More »
Call us at (212) 305-0444 or Request an Appointment
Here For You, Now More Than Ever
Even with the Covid-19 situation, we’re still here to give you the care you need. Our team is ready to provide virtual visits for any issue, and we have all the necessary precautions to safely do in-person visits for situations requiring an examination. Read about the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic, and how they will help us give better, safer care than ever.
Call us at (212) 305-0444 or request an appointment online