Target Pituitary

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, in some cases when you call to set up an appointment, you may be referred immediately to an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in endocrine (hormonal) disorders.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center is located on the lst floor (Suite 112) of Zero Emerson Place, Boston, Massachusetts, (off Blossom Street) and directly across from the Massachusetts General Hospital Gray Lobby.

Patients & Families with questions about referrals, consultations, 2nd opinions or appointments may contact:

  • Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center: 617.726.7948
  • Pituitary Neurosurgery Office Dr. Brooke Swearingen: 617.726.3910

Physicians with questions may e-mail pituitary.info@partners.org or contact Dr. Nachtigall: 617.726.7948

NECC Services

  • The Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center offers:

    • Detailed outpatient evaluations of all disorders affecting the hypothalamus and pituitary gland
    • Complete basal and dynamic hormone testing
    • Coordination of endocrine evaluations, radiological studies, visual field testing, and surgical and radiation therapy consultations.
    • A diagnostic and therapeutic plan formulated for each patient and provided to the referring physician
    • A weekly multidisciplinary case conference at which complex cases are presented
    • The opportunity to participate in clinical research designed to enhance the care of patients with pitutary disorders
    • Workshops for patients and families


  • The Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center works with referring physicians to provide the following:

    • Consultative evaluations of patients with pituitary disorders
    • Complete basal and dynamic hormone testing
    • Coordination of endocrine evaluations, radiological studies, visual field testing, and surgical and radiation therapy consultations.
    • A diagnostic and therapeutic plan formulated for each patient and provided to the referring physician
    • A weekly multidisciplinary case conference at which complex cases are presented
    • A research program designed to enhance the care of patients with rare pitutary disorders
    • Medical education specifically in the area of pituitary disorders: educational presentations by our faculty, a Neuroendocrine Bulletin and postgraduate educational opportunities

    In response to continuing developments of new treatments for patients with pituitary disease, the Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center offers an Information Service for Physicians. The purpose is to support physicians in the care of their patients by providing access to the most recent information and research regarding pituitary disease and its treatment.

    Physician Pituitary Information Service - Physicians with questions may contact:



  • Clinical and Basic Research Studies -- We are actively recruiting participants for several research studies described on this site and we hope that you will consider participating. These studies are designed to advance our understanding of pituitary disorders and improve treatment for pituitary patients.

    • Patients may qualify for research studies in the Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center. We are currently accepting patients for screening to determine study eligibility.
    • Depending on the study, subjects may receive free testing, medication and/or stipends.


  • Patient Education -- There is a wealth of information designed for patients about pituitary disease on this website, on the Pituitary Society website and in the Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center Bulletins.

    Physician Education --

    • The MGH/Harvard Medical School postgraduate course Clinical Endocrinology is held annually in Boston and includes a full day on pituitary topics. Save the date for the 2016 course (March 20-24, 2016).
    • The Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center Bulletin provides updates on pituitary disease topics.
    • Workshops on management of pituitary disease can be arranged for physician groups (of 12 or more).

    For more details, please contact:

    • Shelly Riley
      MGH Office for Visitor Education Programs
      55 Fruit Street CAM326-510N
      Boston, MA 02114
      (617) 726-8363
      mghvep@partners.org


  • Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center Bulletin -- Volume 20, Issue 1, Spring 2013

    • Sellar Masses Are Not Always Pituitary Adenomas – What Are the Diagnostic Possibilities? by Brooke Swearingen, MD
    • Cardiovascular Effects of Acromegaly by Alexander Faje, MD
    • Research Studies Available
    • Physicians’ Pituitary Information Service (PPIS) pituitary.info@partners.org


  • Patients & Families with questions about referrals, consultations, 2nd opinions or appointments may contact:

    Special Instructions (If available, please bring):

    • Copies of your medical records/discharge summary/physician notes.
    • A copy of your MRI or CT on a CD.
    • A copy of your lab reports.
    • Bring any medications you are taking with you to your appointment.
    • Please make sure your MGH registration is accurate and up-to-date.

    Our clinic assistants will help you update your hospital registration and insurance information.

    • Physicians who would like to refer patients:
      • Referrals for neuroendocrine evaluation, e-mail Dr. Nachtigall or call 617.726.7948.
      • Referrals for surgical evaluation, email Dr. Swearingen or call 617-726-3910.




Outpatient Services

Target Pituitary

Diagnosis - The Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center offers detailed outpatient evaluation of all disorders affecting the endocrine function of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, achieved through comprehensive office visits, complete basal and dynamic hormone testing, and coordination of radiological studies and visual field evaluations. All new patients are presented at the weekly Neuroendocrine Clinical Conference which is attended by endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and radiation therapy physicians. A diagnostic and therapeutic plan is formulated for each patient and provided to the referring physician.

Special Instructions (If available, please bring):

  • Copies of your medical records/discharge summary/physician notes.
  • A copy of your X rays.
  • A copy of your lab reports.
  • If you are presently under medications, bring them with you to your appointment.
  • Reminder: Please bring your current blue hospital card to your appointment. If you do not have a card or your card needs to be updated, please go to one of the registration areas at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment.


Inpatient Consultation Service

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The staff is available for inpatient consultations related to neuroendocrine disorders. All patients are followed for diagnostic evaluation or hormone management as required.


Disclaimer About Medical Information: The information and reference materials contained herein is intended solely for the information of the reader. It should not be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient's own physician. All visitors to this and associated sites from the Neurosurgical Service at MGH agree to read and abide by the the complete terms of legal agreement found at the Neurosurgery "disclaimer & legal agreements."

Physicians' Pituitary Information Service - Physicians with questions may contact Dr Biller or Dr Klibanski at 617.726.3965 or 1.888.429.6863 or via e-mail at - pituitary.info@partners.org :: Research Studies

The Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
Zero Emerson Place, Suite 112, Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Voice: 617.726.7948 & Fax: 617.726.1241
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