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Pituitary Program

The Pituitary Program is a destination center for the clinical management of pituitary, parasellar, and anterior skull base disease delivering state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care. It is the referral center for the state of Connecticut for treatment of complex pituitary and sellar-parasellar pathology using the expertise of minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery jointly performed by neurosurgery and ENT.

Patient cases are reviewed by a multidisciplinary pituitary tumor board, with intraoperative hormone monitoring, intraoperative MRI, and whole exome sequencing of tumors for potential genomic-based diagnosis and treatment. The Yale endocrinology team and other supporting subspecialties follow each patient during the hospitalization for uninterrupted endocrine care.

We aim to maximize the quality of care and the ultimate outcome of each patient.

Our Approach

To ensure the best care possible, we co-manage the pituitary disorder with each patient’s primary care physician, and actively seek second opinions, exploring dynamic testing and pituitary hormone replacement therapy options.

Yale New Haven Hospital is a regional center for pituitary surgery, and our physicians have specific expertise in treating a variety of neuroendocrine diseases, including Cushing's disease and adult growth hormone deficiency syndrome.

We also evaluate and treat reproductive disorders in collaboration with the sections of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Additionally, we work closely with colleagues in neurosurgery, surgical endocrinology, therapeutic radiology, and other departments to make sure patients benefit from our patient-centered, team-based approach.

Our Services

Combined with first-rate technology at Yale New Haven Hospital, the Yale Cancer Center and the Department of Neurosurgery’s Gamma Knife Center, the Pituitary Program is uniquely positioned to offer every diagnostic and treatment option available, including:

  • Dynamic pituitary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an enhanced diagnostic imaging technique
  • Inferior petrosal sinus sampling to sample hormones from the veins that drain the pituitary gland
  • 3-D conformal radiotherapy to better target tumors
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy, an advanced high-precision technique
  • Transphenoidal surgery performed through the nose and sphenoid sinus
  • Gamma Knife surgery (stereotactic radiosurgery) performed at the Gamma Knife Center, the only dedicated Gamma Knife facility in Connecticut.

At Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, our longstanding pediatric endocrinology clinic provides the same services and excellence of care that adults receive.