Fellowship Program Overview

The Hospital for Endocrine Surgery begins its endocrine surgery fellowship in July, 2022. We will have one fellow per year, and the duration is one year. The fellowship will be at the Hospital for Endocrine Surgery, a campus of Memorial Hospital of Tampa, and is run in conjunction with HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education. Although our surgical volume and the academic resumes of our faculty would support a number of fellows per year, we are limiting this educational experience to only one fellow per year to preserve the experience and the overall endocrine surgery marketplace.

Objectives of the Fellowship

To train exceptional endocrine surgeons who will be leaders in their communities by providing unparalleled access to advanced endocrine surgical training and research opportunities in the field of endocrine surgery. Fellowship training will be conducted within our endocrine-surgical hospital emphasizing preoperative evaluation, operative skills and long-term management of endocrine disorders. The fellowship is designed for surgeons who seek to develop a career in endocrine surgery.

Who is Eligible?

The endocrine surgery fellowship is open to surgeons who have successfully completed an ACGME accredited 5-year general surgery residency, or a full ENT residency from a US university.

Highlights of the Fellowship

Our fellowship program provides access to more thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal cases than any other fellowship. With virtually all other endocrine surgery fellowships offering no more than 350 annual endocrine operations, our fellow will have exposure to about 5500 cases. Our current surgical volume is:

  • Parathyroidectomy: 3700
  • Thyroidectomy: 1500
  • Robotic Scarless Thyroid: 300
  • Adrenalectomy: 400

Our highly-experienced and world-renowned surgical staff will provide intensive endocrine surgery training emphasizing the multidisciplinary care of the patient. Our wealth of endocrine surgical cases will afford the fellow extensive operative experience, combined with advanced techniques including:

  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Reoperative parathyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy (partial and total)
  • Reoperative thyroidectomy
  • Central and lateral neck dissection for cancer
  • Robotic and trans-oral thyroidectomy
  • Retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Thyroid ultrasound
  • Fiberoptic laryngoscopy
  • Radio-frequency ablation of thyroid nodules

Endocrine Research

The fellow will participate in clinical and/or translational research and, under the mentorship of one or more faculty members, make substantive contributions to the scientific literature. Our faculty will assist in the development of the fellow's research design and implementation. We have a database of over 50,000 parathyroid, and 30,000 thyroid operations from which to gather information, and with our IRB-approved access to the HCA Healthcare system's database we have access to 20 million ER and outpatient visits annually and their associated laboratory findings. Our affiliation with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center provides opportunities for clinical research in thyroid cancer on a national scale.

The fellow is expected to publish several papers during their year with us, a process that will be nurtured and mentored by our faculty and staff.

Fellowship Structure

The fellow will see patients 4 days per week with one day per week protected for research time. At least 3 days per week will be in the operating room. The fellow will actively participate in weekly endocrine multispecialty conferences and interact extensively with endocrinology, pathology, cytology, radiology and nuclear medicine.

Endocrine Fellowship Teaching Staff

  • Tobias Carling, MD, PhD, FACS (program director)
    • Previous Chief of Endocrine Surgery at Yale.
    • Founder: Carling Adrenal Center.
    • biography
  • Jim Norman, MD, FACS, FACE
    • Previous Chief of Endocrine Surgery at USF.
    • Founder: Norman Parathyroid Center.
    • biography
  • Gary Clayman, MD, DMD, FACS
    • Previous Chairman ENT, Chief of Thyroid Oncology @ MD Anderson Cancer Center.
    • Founder: Clayman Thyroid Center.
    • biography
  • Hyun Suh, MD, FACS
    • Previous Chief of Endocrine Surgery Mt Sinai.
    • Founder: Suh Scarless Thyroid Center.
    • biography
  • Jamie Mitchell, MD, FACS
    • Previous Chief of Endocrine Surgery Cleveland Clinic.
    • biography
  • Rashmi Roy, MD, FACS
    • Previous Chief of Endocrine Surgery Princeton.
    • biography
  • Dan Ruan, MD, FACS
    • Previous Endocrine Fellowship Director Harvard.
    • biography
  • Kevin Parrack, MD, FACS
  • Nate Walsh, MD, FACS
  • Drew Rhodes, MD, FACS
  • Luke Watkins, MD, FACS

Contact for more information

Tobias Carling, MD, PHD: fellowship@adrenal.com