Endocrine Surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis, management and treatment of endocrine disorders affecting the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.
The Hammersmith Hospital at Imperial College NHS Trust houses the UK’s original and largest department of Endocrine & Thyroid Surgery. It is comprised of three full-time Consultant Surgeons who look after and operate on endocrine surgical patients exclusively:
Professor Fausto Palazzo, Miss Aimee Di Marco, Professor Neil Tolley
Professor Fausto Palazzo qualified in 1992 and trained in surgery on the Cambridge and North East London higher surgical training rotations, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1997. He spent two years as an endocrine surgical research fellow at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London for which he was awarded a Master of Surgery in 2001 from University of London. He trained in endocrine surgery in Oxford, Sydney Australia (T.S Reeve Fellow 2003) and Marseille France (BAES travelling Fellow 2004). He became a an Intercollegiate Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (endocrine subspeciality) in 2003 and was added to the UK Specialist Register in 2004.
Professor Palazzo was appointed consultant endocrine surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital in 2004 and became departmental clinical lead in 2006 after the retirement of Mr John Lynn. Together with Prof Tolley he created the UK’s first cross speciality department of endocrine surgery merging the strengths of an ENT and endocrine surgical background. He has contributed to the restoration of the department’s reputation as the flagship UK department of endocrine surgery with 3 full time consultant endocrine surgeons, with the largest UK clinical practice and an active academic output.
Prof Palazzo lectures undergraduates at Imperial College and postgraduates nationally and internationally. He has published numerous book chapters, in excess of 150 peer reviewed publications on all aspects of endocrine pathology and has contributed to national and overseas guidelines on thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery. He has been on the executive of the British Association of Endocrine & Thyroid Surgeons for a total of 8 years, the UK delegate to the European Society of Endocrine Surgeons for a decade and is currently on the Council of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons until 2026. He was conferred the title of Professor at Imperial College in 2019.
We work closely with the Department of Endocrinology at Imperial College NHS Trust. All outpatient clinics in Endocrine Surgery are joint clinics held alongside our colleagues in Endocrinology who also support our surgical inpatients as required, providing seamless multidisciplinary care. www.imperialendo.com
GPs and other specialists can refer by using the online e-RS system or by writing a letter. All two-week-wait referrals should be made via e-RS.
Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To have a patient discussed on one of our MDTs, either contact one of the consultants or the MDT coordinator directly.
All three consultants accept private referrals.