The UAB Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism diagnoses and treats disorders of the endocrine system, which includes 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, parathyroid, adrenal, gonad, and pancreas.
Common endocrine conditions treated include:
- Adrenal gland disorders, including adrenal cancer
- Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
- Gonadal disorders
- Graves’ disease
- Lipid disorders
- Metabolic bone disease
- Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes
- Pancreatic and other neuroendocrine tumors
- Pituitary disorders
- Thyroid cancer, thyroid nodules, and thyroid disease
Endocrinology services are provided at several outpatient clinics within The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, including the following:
- Endocrinology Clinic
- Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic
- Neurosurgery/Endocrinology Pituitary Disorders Clinic
- Multidisciplinary Endocrine Tumor Clinic
- Multidisciplinary Osteoporosis Clinic
- Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Clinic
The division also delivers services at the UAB Medicine Leeds Clinic, the UAB 1917 Clinic, and the Weight Loss Medicine Clinic at UAB Hospital-Highlands. Its specialists provide world-class diagnostic and treatment expertise at each of these locations. They treat every patient with respect and strive to provide friendly and compassionate care in comfortable, modern settings. Patients can expect thorough evaluations of their medical condition, and appropriate feedback and recommendations are shared with their primary care physician.
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, oncologists, and other specialists who coordinate their expertise to provide personalized care for both adult and pediatric patients. It works closely with many other UAB Medicine departments and divisions, such as Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Otolaryngology (ENT), and other key areas. This collaboration helps ensure the most effective care for patients, including outpatient treatments 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 treatment procedures 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 radio-guided parathyroidectomy (MIRP) than most other medical centers in the world.
Patients with diabetes 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 clinic, so patients can see several providers in one day, including an endocrinologist, ophthalmologist, orthopaedic surgeon, nutritionist, social worker, and other experts 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 faculty are engaged in advanced basic and clinical studies sponsored by organizations such as the NIH, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the American Diabetes Association. Having such an active research program.
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