Dr. Denise Carneiro-Pla is a board-certified general surgeon who is focused in endocrine surgery. She was educated in Brazil including medical school and residency in general surgery. In 1998 shortly after her residency, she was invited to the United States to be a researcher in endocrine surgery, which started her interest and commitment to this specialty. The research fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine lasted for a period of three and a half years and then extended to another year and a half as a clinical fellow of endocrine surgery under Dr. George Irvin’s mentorship.
Following these five years of specialized endocrine surgery training in this center of excellence, she was ready to start her career as an academic surgeon in the U.S., and she repeated the residency in general surgery at the University of Miami.
She has been a faculty of the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina since 2007, with a practice exclusively dedicated to endocrine surgery treating thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgical diseases. She remains academically productive writing papers and book chapters in endocrine surgery, mainly in parathyroid disease, which is her special interest, and cervical ultrasonography. She is also a regular reviewer of respected journals such as Surgery, Journal of American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgical Oncology and World Journal of Surgery, Laryngoscope, Head and Neck.
Dr. Carniero-Pla currently sees patients downtown at Hollings Cancer Center and in North Charleston, where ultrasonography is available as part of cervical physical examination and to guide necessary procedures during the initial visit. The indicated surgeries are performed at our state-of-the-art hospital, Ashley River Tower.