Columbia Adrenal Center

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2023-24 US News Endocrinology BadgeWelcome to the Columbia Adrenal Center. The hormones produced by the adrenal glands impact every part of the body, so people with adrenal disorders need medical expertise from a variety of specialists. The mission of the Columbia Adrenal Center is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care by bringing all these specialists together in one location with one purpose: to help you with your adrenal disorder.

For each patient we see, our team of endocrinologists, endocrine surgeons, nephrologists, radiologists and more work together to plan the optimal course of treatment for the specific disorder and its effects on the rest of the body. Our center is one of only a few select programs in the U.S. that offer this kind of coordinated, multidisciplinary care to serve this special group of patients.

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Our Adrenal Programs & Services

The expertise of our surgeons and medical doctors combined with the resources offered by Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian allow us to provide superior care to anyone dealing with adrenal disease.

Highlights of Our Center

The most advanced diagnostic equipment

We take pride in being able to meet the highly specific testing and treatment needs of our patients. Our facilities are equipped with the most advanced diagnostic equipment available including PET and MIBG scanners. Our dedicated endovascular facility enables us to conduct all of the sophisticated, cutting-edge diagnostic procedures our patients may need. Certain adrenal diseases require adrenal venous sampling to help determine which adrenal gland is causing the problem. This test is challenging to perform and most practitioners have a success rate of only 60-80%. The Columbia Adrenal Center performs one of the highest volumes of this test in the country and has a success rate of 98%.

Better results, smaller scars through minimally invasive surgery

Over 95 percent of our adrenal surgeries are performed using minimally invasive techniques that facilitate faster recovery and better quality of life after surgery. Our group was one of the first groups in the US to offer the retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy, a specialized operation to remove adrenal tumors through 3 tiny incisions in the back. Compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, this advanced techniques has been shown to cause less discomfort, less need for pain medications, fewer complications, faster operative times, and faster recoveries. These smaller incisions also lead to superb cosmetic results.

Advancing adrenal care through research

In addition to our clinical focus, we are committed to clinical trials and basic science research that investigates better ways to diagnose and treat adrenal disorders. As leaders in their field, our team has taken an active role in writing international guidelines on the care of patients with adrenal disease.

Part of a comprehensive endocrine care network

Our team also runs Columbia's world-class Thyroid Center and Parathyroid Center, each an important piece of our effort to improve the quality of care for all people dealing with endocrine disease.

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Our Team

At the Columbia Adrenal Center, a team of expert physicians from multiple specialties work in concert to present every individual with a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan for his or her adrenal disease.

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Adrenal Surgery

Surgery is often the most effective treatment for adrenal disease. Adrenal surgery is performed by surgeons trained in endocrine surgery.

Dr. James Lee, MDJames Lee, MD
Chief of Endocrine Surgery
Surgical Director, Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal Centers
Endocrine Surgeon

Dr Jennifer Hong KuoJennifer Kuo, MD
Endocrine Surgeon

Dr Catherine McManusCatherine McManus, MD
Endocrine Surgeon

Dr Eric KuoEric J. Kuo, MD
Endocrine Surgeon



Endocrinologists are typically the first line in establishing a diagnosis of adrenal disease and setting up a treatment plan, and they help coordinate your care with other adrenal specialists.

Dr. Salila KurraSalila Kurra, MD
Medical Director, Adrenal Center

John Ausiello, MDJohn Ausiello, MD

Medical Oncology

This is the study of cancer and its treatment. Oncologists on our team are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of adrenal tumors like pheochromocytoma.

Dr Tito FojoTito A. Fojo, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist


Additional Specialists

Anesthesiology – Doctors in this field oversee sedation during surgery and pain management in the immediate post-surgery period

Genetics – Some adrenal disorders have an inherited component, and some inherited diseases may affect the adrenal glands. Geneticists help identify your risk for these conditions and the risk of passing them on to your children.

Nephrology – The adrenal gland sends out hormones that can tell the kidneys to raise blood pressure, so our team includes kidney experts called nephrologists. Our nephrologists subspecialize in kidney-related hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Vascular Surgery – Vascular surgeons are experts at performing procedures on even the most delicate of arteries and veins. Their role in adrenal care comes in the form of selective venous sampling, a test that can help determine if surgical treatment is necessary.

Radiology – Radiologists are imaging experts that help endocrinologists diagnose adrenal issues and allow surgeons to better prepare for procedures.

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Contact Information

Call us at (212) 305-0444 or request an appointment online.
Documents and records can be faxed to us at (212) 305-0445 / (212) 305-3881.

Manhattan Office

Herbert Irving Pavilion, 8th Floor
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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Westchester Office

155 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
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