Diabetes and Endocrinology | Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital physicians can treat a range of endocrine system diseases as well as their related complications. Our experienced physicians specialize in treating conditions involving the endocrine glands, with the help of a knowledgeable and compassionate supportive care staff and effective technological resources for identifying and addressing glandular disorders. As a result, we are one of the region's leading hospitals in this field. In fact, our high level of care is the reason that Tampa General Hospital is recognized as one of the Top 20 Hospitals in the Nation for Diabetes & Endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report 2023-24. We also rank as “high performing” for endocrinology care. Additionally, TGH has earned placement on Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2022 list, and we're the only hospital in Tampa Bay to be recognized.

Endocrine system diseases occur in the glands that produce hormones for distribution throughout the body. Those hormones serve as messengers -- and an interruption of the message can have a serious impact. Endocrine glands affect a variety of essential bodily functions, including regulating metabolism and facilitating reproduction. Because these issues can be particularly complex in scale, it's vital to have an experienced medical team to guide a patient through care. At TGH, our endocrinology specialists can diagnose and treat the most common disorders, like diabetes and thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, for example). We can also help patients with less frequently experienced problems, including adrenal dysfunction, hypothalamic and pituitary issues, and other conditions. TGH even has a dedicated parathyroid center for removing tumors affecting these small glands in the most minimally invasive way possible. Our surgeons perform more than 2,500 of these surgeries each year, demonstrating their expertise in the field.

Depending on the particular circumstances, we can also help patients address the side effects and complications of endocrine system diseases. For example, people with hypothyroidism often gain weight easily and can have a tough time maintaining a healthy weight. At TGH, we can provide medically supervised weight loss as well as information on bariatric treatments and surgery as necessary. We can also help individuals manage the side effects of diabetes, such as diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain).

Dr. Politz and Dr. Lopez perform surgery

Parathyroid & Thyroid Institute

Tampa General Hospital’s Parathyroid & Thyroid Institute specializes in the evaluation and surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid disorders for patients from all over the globe. More parathyroid operations have been performed at Tampa General than at any other hospital in the world, and our renowned parathyroid surgeons, Dr. Douglas Politz and Dr. José Lopez, are the two most experienced parathyroid surgeons operating in the world today.