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from the Experts at the Norman Parathyroid Center

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Meet the Parathyroid Experts at the Norman Parathyroid Center

Jim Norman, MD, FACS, FACE.

Dr. James Norman

Dr. Jim Norman

Dr Norman is the most experienced parathyroid surgeon in the world and is considered the “father” of mini-parathyroid surgery. For over 20 years Dr Norman has limited his surgical practice to parathyroid operations – he does not perform any other type of surgery. Dr Norman has performed over 21,000 parathyroid operations on patients ranging from 3 months to 105 years old. He also averages more than three operations per day on patients that have had an unsuccessful parathyroid operation somewhere else. It is safe to say that there probably isn’t a parathyroid problem that Dr Norman hasn’t seen. A typical operation to look at all 4 parathyroid glands (about 98% of all people get all four glands examined so we can approach 100% cure) typically takes Dr Norman about 13-18 minutes total time (see video).  He and his partners perform an average of 15 parathyroid operations per day, 5 days per week, over 3,300 per year

Dr Norman has held several important academic positions, including Professor of Surgery and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He also held the position of Director of Endocrine Surgery at USF and the Director of Surgical Core Laboratory for Surgical Research. Dr Norman left USF in 2000 to open the Norman Parathyroid Center. He is currently the Director of the Parathyroid Center at Tampa General Hospital. He is a member of more than 20 prestigious medical societies, including the American Association for Endocrine Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, the American Association for Clinical Endocrinology, the Endocrine Society, the Society of University Surgeons, American Association for Head and Neck Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, AOA medical honor society (top 10% of doctors), and many more. His is one of only a handful of surgeons worldwide who is also a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE). He was the president of his medical school class, been voted ‘Faculty of the Year’ and ‘Teacher of the Year’ several times while at the University of South Florida, and served many leadership roles within the societies he belongs. He has been recognized as one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumer Research Council of America for 10 years in a row. He has been awarded the “Patients Choice Award” 8 consecutive years (top 3% of 720,000 American doctors) for his bedside manner and how he “treats” his patients. He is rated as US News and World Reports “Top Doctors” being ranked in the top 1% of all surgeons in the US for many years. In October of 2011 Dr Norman was chosen by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the most significant physician in the Tampa Bay area for 2011, having the greatest impact on patients within the Tampa Bay community. Dr Norman has published more than 250 medical journal articles as well as 12 books and/or book chapters. Most of Dr. Norman’s publications revolve around his extensive work with endocrine disorders including parathyroid glands, parathyroid surgery and pancreas disorders. A full copy of Dr Norman’s curriculum vitae is online. He is married to a family practice physician and has two incredible children (a daughter 24, and a son 21).

Dr. Norman is a frequent speaker on the topic of parathyroid surgery, giving talks around the US on a frequent basis. He has been an invited speaker on the topic of minimal parathyroid surgery at the American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting on 14 occasions (including 2015). Dr Norman has published the 12 largest parathyroid articles of all time (most patients) and serves as a reviewer for several medical journals. Dr Norman holds 6 US and foreign patents (with another 3 patents pending), including the patent for the techniques and tools used in radioguided parathyroidectomy which recognize his contributions to minimal parathyroid surgery. Dr Norman was a central member of the prestigious Moffitt Cancer Center team that helped develop sentinel lymph node mapping for breast cancer and melanoma (which is now the preferred way to perform breast cancer and melanoma surgery just as it is for parathyroid surgery). Dr Norman has received more than $4.2 million in federal and industry grants to support his research, including grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr Norman has never had a malpractice claim.

Doug Politz, MD, FACS, FACE.

Dr. Douglas Politz

Dr. Doug Politz

Dr. Doug Politz is the second most experienced parathyroid surgeon in the world (behind Dr. Norman) and has dedicated his career to this one disease. Dr. Politz obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University, where he earned an Honor Scholarship and Leadership Scholarship. He then attended LSU Medical School where he graduated with the Chancellor’s Award as the Most Outstanding Graduate. He was the President of his medical school class and received multiple honors and awards. He is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society (eligible to the top 10% of US medical school graduates). Dr. Politz obtained his surgical training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he worked with Dr. Norman for 5 years. He was awarded Most Outstanding Resident and/or Resident of the Year on 3 different occasions. Dr. Politz has been awarded the “Patients Choice Award” 8 consecutive years (top 3% of 720,000 American doctors) for his bedside manner and how he “treats” his patients.. He has been named one of America’s Top Surgeons and has earned a reputation for seeking out the most technically challenging cases. Dr. Politz is board certified in General Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is also a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE), a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. After graduating residency he practiced surgery in Austin, Texas, where he introduced MIRP mini-parathyroid surgery to the state of Texas before returning to Tampa to the Norman Parathyroid Center. Dr. Politz has performed far more parathyroid operations than any other surgeon worldwide (over 13,000) aside from Dr. Norman.  Doug is married to Laura Politz, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and they have 3 children, a boy (age 11) and twin girls (8). His hobbies are…a boy (age 14) and twin girls (10)!

Jose Lopez, MD, FACS.

Dr. Jose Lopez

Dr. Jose Lopez

Dr. Lopez was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Puerto Rico. He attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico where he finished at the top of his class and was elected AOA national medical honor society (top 10% of all medical students) and won numerous awards for academic achievement and leadership. He performed his surgical training including chief residency at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL), working under Dr Norman and alongside Dr Politz. While at USF Dr Lopez was recognized as Most Outstanding Resident or Resident of the Year three times. Finishing his residency in 2004, Dr Lopez completed a 1 year fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques at USF. Like all our surgeons, Dr Lopez is board certified and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr Lopez has gained the reputation of being extremely conscientious regarding the care of his patients, and remarkably gifted in the operating room. He has been named one of “America’s Top Surgeons” annually for the past 7 years and been awarded the Patient’s Choice Award 5 consecutive years. Jose has never had a malpractice claim. Jose is married and has three daughters, 17, 11 and 6.

Deva Boone, MD, FACS

Deva Boone, MD. Surgeon at the Norman Parathyroid Center.

Dr. Deva Boone

Dr. Deva Boone was raised in New Jersey and spent most of her life in New York City. After obtaining her medical degree from Cornell University, she completed general surgery residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. While there, she received several awards for research, and during her final year received the highest award for outstanding contributions to surgical education and research. After residency Dr Boone received additional fellowship training in endocrine surgery (thyroid and parathyroid surgery) at NorthShore University in Chicago. She enjoys surgical missions and has provided surgical care to patients in Nigeria, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic. Deva is exceptionally smart as well as gifted in the operating room–two traits that are extremely desirable in a surgeon. Patients love her great personality and she is a great teacher and educator. She gives talks regularly at national meetings and has become a recognized expert in parathyroid disease world-wide. In addition to her great operative skills, she helps oversee our research efforts. Deva is married and has two children, a 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

Jamie Mitchell, MD, FACS

Dr. Jamie Mitchell went to Holy Cross University for his undergraduate degree and then on to Georgetown University for Medical School. He went to Harvard University for his surgery training, spending 7 years in Boston from his intern year through his chief resident years as a Clinical Fellow in Surgery. He then underwent 1 year of specialty training in endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal) at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He stayed on faculty at Cleveland Clinic for 6 years as a senior thyroid/parathyroid surgeon until early 2015 when he moved to Tampa to join our team. Dr Mitchell is an expert in complex parathyroid surgery, especially when combined with thyroid problems. He has some 40 scientific publications and is a frequent speaker at national meetings on advanced ultrasound techniques for neck tumors. He is a member of many prestigious medical societies, including all of the thyroid societies and endocrine societies. He has been chosen as one of America’s Top Doctor’s and has received many awards and has never had a malpractice claim.

Kevin Parrack, MD, FACS

Dr Kevin Parrack comes to us from Columbia University where he was an endocrine surgeon for two years following his fellowship training in endocrine (thyroid/parathyroid) surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Kevin received his BS degree in biochemistry from NYU, and then did his surgery training at New York Presbyterian Hospital before going to study endocrine surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Kevin has a calming personality that makes the most nervous patient at ease and confident. His great demeanor and wonderful surgical skills makes Kevin one of the best parathyroid surgeons in the world. He isn’t just loved by the patients, he is loved by all of the hospital and operating room staff. He is married to another very successful surgeon as well.

Gail Norman, MD

Dr. Gail Norman

Dr. Gail Norman

Gail Norman, MD is board-certified in Family Practice and worked as a primary care physician from 1987 until 2006 when she joined the Norman Parathyroid Center.  With an extensive background in primary care, Dr. Gail brings a fresh and unique look to each case of hyperparathyroidism that comes into the practice. With a specialized knowledge of many aspects of cardiac, cardiovascular, endocrine, pediatric, and geriatric medicine, she is able to help plan long term successful outcomes for the thousands of parathyroid patients who are seen at the Parathyroid Center annually. By default, Dr Gail has become the primary care physician with the most experience in hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid disease in the world. Her parathyroid blog takes on a very special tone that is different and warmer when compared to the more factual blogs written by our surgeons. Her knowledge and wisdom on these topics are amazing, and obvious.

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