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Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment of Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases

By: Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, MS
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A team of doctors at the University of New Mexico have launched a Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Program, which will focus on restoring hormonal balance in patients with thyroid and parathyroid diseases. Nathan Boyd, MD, a surgical oncologist in the University of New Mexico’s Department of Surgery, is part of a multidisciplinary team of doctors with a focus on planning integrative treatments to bring various parts of the body back to equilibrium.

“People with thyroid and parathyroid diseases can have neck masses, fatigue, kidney stones, and many other symptoms,” Dr. Boyd shared in an institutional press release. “We combine the most current guidelines for care with technical expertise in all stages of treatment, from diagnosis to surgery to long-term surveillance.”

Dr. Boyd’s diverse team comprises of endocrinologists prescribing medication for hormone and electrolyte balance; pathologists observing thyroid nodule samples for diagnostics; radiologists imaging thyroid and parathyroid glands; and nuclear medicine doctors specializing in pinpointing the location of nodules and tumors using radionucleotide scans. Using this approach, the multidisciplinary team found that doctors often considered partial gland removal with close observation to preserve hormone levels in lieu of full surgery.

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