About the Centre

Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Endocrine Disorders

The Northern Alberta Endocrine Surgery Centre at the University of Alberta Hospital specializes in the treatment of endocrine disorders with particular attention to  minimally invasive parathyroid surgery, complex thyroid cancer cases, and inherited or familial endocrine diseases such as multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN).  Through the Centre, patients are able to access assessment, referrals for necessary tests, pre-operative teaching, surgical treatment and post-operative care. If it appears that a patient could benefit from other services such as physiotherapy, nutritional teaching or social work, these may also be accessible through our centre. Patients referred to the Centre who are ill but not appropriate for surgical treatment will receive nonsurgical treatment by one of our physicians or will be re-referred.

The Endocrine Surgery Centre uses research-based, state of the art methods to diagnosis endocrine conditions, including:

  • Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB)
  • Thyroid ultrasound assessment
  • Sestamibi and/or CT scans
  • Blood and urine analysis

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB)


Thyroid Ultrasound (U/S) Assessment


FNAB and Thyroid U/S Combined








sestamibi machine

Sestamibi Scanning Machine

CT Scanner

Blood and Urine Analysis

Blood and Urine Analysis







To be seen at the Northern Alberta Endocrine Surgery Centre, patients must be referred by a physician. For more specific information about what happens at an appointment, please see Information for Patients.

Referring physicians: Please fax the completed form along with relevant investigative reports to the Endocrine Surgery Booking office at 780-407-2729. Thank you.

Endocrine Surgery Referral Form

More about our surgeons can be found here:

   Dr. Todd McMullen                                        Dr. David Williams


Diseases Treated at the Northern Alberta Endocrine Surgery Centre





Genetic Syndromes