Endocrinology Services

The UAB Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism diagnoses and treats disorders of the endocrine system, which consists of numerous glands and hormones that regulate many of the body’s functions. These functions include metabolism, the process by which the body converts food and drink into energy, and the glands include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, pancreas, adrenals, and gonads. Common endocrine conditions include hyperparathyroidism, adrenal cancer, pancreatic and other neuroendocrine tumors, thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, and multiple endocrine neoplasias (MENs).

UAB endocrinology services are provided at five clinics within The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital:

  • Endocrinology Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic
  • Neurosurgery/Endocrinology Pituitary Disorders Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary Endocrine Tumor Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Clinic

The division also provides services at the UAB Medicine Leeds Clinic, the UAB 1917 Clinic, and the Weight Loss Medicine Clinic at UAB Hospital-Highlands. Specialists from the division provide world-class service at each of these locations, ensuring advanced diagnostic and treatment expertise. At the same time, we consider each patient an individual and strive to provide friendly and respectful care in modern, reassuring settings. Patients can expect thorough evaluations of their medical condition, with appropriate feedback and recommendations provided to their primary care physician.

Why UAB

The UAB Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism is consistently ranked among the top programs of its kind in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Its comprehensive care team includes endocrinologists, endocrine surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and oncologists. These specialists coordinate their expertise to provide personalized care for both adult and pediatric patients with endocrine diseases such as thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland disorders, along with thyroid cancer. The team also has broad clinical expertise in treating diabetes, pituitary disorders, lipid disorders, gonadal disorders, and metabolic bone disease. The division works closely with the departments of Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Reproductive Endocrinology, and other key areas to ensure the most effective care for patients, including both outpatient treatment and surgical intervention, when necessary.

UAB surgeons participate in more than 800 endocrine cases each year, and they have the experience and expertise to handle even the most complex cases. Minimally invasive, outpatient surgical treatments are available for many endocrine disorders, allowing for smaller incisions, faster recovery, and less pain in many cases when compared to traditional surgery. Our surgical team has more experience treating hyperparathyroidism using minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy (MIRP) than most other medical centers in the world.

Diabetes is a major endocrine disorder, and diabetes patients are managed by the UAB Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic. It combines the knowledge and compassion of UAB Medicine’s top specialists in a single, comprehensive visit, so you can see several specialists in one day, including an endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, orthopedic surgeon, nutritionist, social worker, and other specialists as needed. The clinic is an arm of the UAB Medicine Comprehensive Diabetes Center, which is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of only a handful of diabetes research and training centers in the country.

UAB is a major research center, so division faculty are engaged in advanced basic and clinical research sponsored by the NIH, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the American Diabetes Association, and other groups. Having such an active research program means that patients may have access to cutting-edge treatments before they are available at other medical centers.

 

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