José A. Lopez, MD, is one of the most experienced parathyroid surgeons in the world today, having performed over 5,000 parathyroidectomies. He has dedicated the last 10 years of his career to the exclusive pursuit of parathyroid disease with particular focus on patients whose disease is complicated by scar tissue from prior surgeries and patients with coexisting thyroid tumors. Known for his exceptional surgical skill, Dr. Lopez has helped perfect the advanced techniques of minimally invasive parathyroidectomy used to quickly identify the four parathyroid glands in surgery. He has examined over 20,000 parathyroid glands and has helped train the most experienced handful of parathyroid surgeons worldwide who have followed him in this field. Dr. Lopez has operated on patients from nearly every U. S. state and multiple continents.
• Primary hyperparathyroidism
• Benign and malignant parathyroid tumors
• Secondary (dialysis-related) hyperparathyroidism
• Tertiary hyperparathyroidism (kidney transplant-related)
• Benign and malignant thyroid tumors (i.e., thyroid cancer)
• Normocalcemic primary hyperparathyroidism
• Persistent and recurrent hyperparathyroidism (i.e., unsuccessful prior surgery)
Dr. Lopez together with his partner and friend of over 20 years, Dr. Douglas Politz, represent the two most experienced parathyroid surgeons in the world in the last 10 years. In addition to their impressive operative volume as primary surgeons, their expertise has been utilized in a supervisory role for the cure of thousands more patients as these two surgeon-leaders guided the efforts of colleagues they trained. Their combined 25 years of experience in parathyroid surgery have been spent almost exclusively at Tampa General Hospital, a medical center which has seen more parathyroid patients than any other facility in the world by far.
Dr. Lopez has spoken at state and national medical meetings in multiple academic areas and is co-author of numerous articles on parathyroid disease, including the largest study of parathyroid patients in the medical literature (over 20,000). He is a member of the American College of Surgeons.