Endocrine Surgery

At SouthCoast Health Surgery, E. Stephen Yeager, MD, Jeffrey S. Mandel, MD and Christa L. Jillard, MD are experienced in thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic disorders. Dr. Yeager received specialized training in endocrine surgery during his residency at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Futhermore, Dr. Yeager is the only surgeon in the region, and one of the only four surgeons in Georgia, to be a member of the distinguished American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. Dr. Jillard received specialized training in endocrine surgery during her fellowship at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Thyroid Surgery

There are numerous conditions of the thyroid for which surgery is indicated. These include hyperfunciton, goiters, suspicious nodules and cancer. Our surgeons utilize the latest traditional and minimally invasive surgical methods an will recommend the best approach based on the patient's individual condition.

Parathyroid Glands

There are four small parathyroid glands that lie right under the thyroid gland, two on each side of the neck. Sometimes one or more of the parathyroid glands enlarge and produce excessive parathyroid hormone. This overproduction of hormone, called “primary hyperparathyroidism,” causes high levels of calcium in the bloodstream, which may result in kidney stones and wasting of the bones. Treatment of this condition involves a surgical procedure to explore the neck and remove the abnormal glands, leaving the normal glands behind. Because the procedure is complex, it is important that it be performed by a surgeon with extensive parathyroid experience, such as Dr. Yeager, Dr. Mandel and Dr. Jillard.


The two adrenal glands are located on top of each kidney. Generally, patients are referred for an adrenalectomy after an abdominal medical imaging study reveals an enlarged adrenal gland. At SouthCoast Health Surgery, our specialists can perform adrenalectomy with either conventional or minimally invasive surgery, depending on the patient’s unique condition.

Pancreatic Disease

As an endocrine gland, the pancreas produces and releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. There are many types of tumors that can develop in the pancreas and affect its functions. Dr. Yeager, Dr. Mandel and Dr. Jillard can accurately assess your condition and recommend the appropriate surgical approach. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that may be acute or chronic. For patients whose pancreatitis is the result of gallbladder disease or an obstructed pancreatic duct, traditional or minimally invasive surgery may be necessary.

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