The current situation of Endocrine Surgery in Latin America

Juan Pablo Dueñas, Carlos Simón Duque, Miguel Francisco Herrera


The management of patients with surgical endocrine diseases requires a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologists, radiologists, pathologists and surgeons. As the incidence of surgical endocrine disorders has increased, Endocrine Surgery has emerged as a recognized specialty within general surgery. The number of endocrine surgeons has gradually increased worldwide, however, different from Europe and North America, the specialty has not developed enough in Latin America. We have conducted an extensive research throughout the continent in order to quantify how many trained endocrine surgeons were practicing, how many training programs exist, where we are today and where are we going in the future.