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Tulane Endocrine Surgery

The Section of Endocrine Surgery at Tulane University Medical Center provides cutting-edge surgical care to patients with complex endocrine problems.

Minimally invasive surgery can dramatically diminish – or in some cases, eliminate altogether – scars that typically result from surgical incisions. Dr. Emad Kandil, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Endocrine Surgery Section at Tulane, is a leader in minimally invasive surgery for endocrine conditions. He runs an annual course to teach other surgeons across the country how to perform these minimally invasive procedures.

What is Endocrine Surgery?

Endocrine surgery involves procedures upon the glandular system of the human body (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and endocrine pancreas). Diseases in this category range from common conditions like goiter, thyroid and pancreatic cancer to unusual problems such as Cushing's disease, Conn's Syndrome and the Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome. The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons recognizes surgeons “who have a major interest and devote significant portions of their practice or research to endocrine surgery, and who are certified by the American Board of Surgery”.

Why Should You Have a Specialized Endocrine surgeon?

A growing number of publications have shown that outcomes from thyroid and parathyroid surgery are clearly related to how frequently a surgeon performs the operation. The endocrine surgeon offers more than just improved technical expertise in the treatment of endocrine surgical disease. Endocrine surgeons have the ability to understand the disease, to interpret investigations and to surgically intervene with a minimally invasive approach to allow for better patient care. By following current guidelines and by doing a fine needle aspiration biopsy with sufficient material for diagnosis confirmed on-site, many unnecessary operations for non-cancerous thyroid nodules may be avoided.  

The Tulane Endocrine Surgery Program provides state-of-the-art diagnostic care and minimally invasive surgical treatments of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and endocrine pancreas diseases. The average general surgeon performs less than one parathyroid operation per year, and ditto for the average ENT surgeon. At Tulane, we perform over 300 endocrine cases per year. 

The goal of the Tulane Endocrine Surgery Section is to provide the best overall care for individuals with problems related to the endocrine system (the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands and pancreas). The treatment success of our Center is based on the multidisciplinary team approach to patient care that is the standard of excellence throughout Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Kandil combines the diagnostic and treatment strengths of his expertise with other numerous medical fields, including medical endocrinologists, radiologists, nuclear radiologists, cytopathologists, medical oncologists, and advanced practice nurses. This enables us to unify state-of-the-art treatment options into a treatment plan that gives our patients the highest quality and greatest continuity of care.

Scope of tulane endocrine surgery

Endocrine Glands

What Can I expect after the Operation?


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kandil, please contact our Patient Concierge at (504) 988-3589.
Thyroid and parathyroid patients are seen on Friday
Adrenal, pancreas and other neuroendocrine patients are seen on Monday
Office-based ultrasound fine needle aspiration biopsies are performed on the first and third Monday of each month

Tulane University, Department of Surgery, 1430 Tulane Ave. SL-22 New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5128