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Denise M. Carneiro-Pla, M.D., FACS

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  • Associate Professor
Degree M.D., FACS
School M.D. awarded by Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Brazil, 1995
  • General Surgery- University of Miami
  • General Surgery- Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Research Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at University of Miami
  • Clinical Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at University of Miami, 2002
Board Certification
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology - Endocrine Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Adrenal tumors
  • Endocrine surgery
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy guided by intraoperative PTH monitoring
  • Parathyroid disease (primary/secondary/tertiary/familial hyperparathyroidism and cancer)
  • Thyroid disorders
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Accepts New Patients Yes
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8992 University Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
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86 Jonathan Lucas St.
Charleston, SC 29425
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Dr. Denise Carneiro-Pla is a formally trained and 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 3 ½ years and then extended to another 1 ½ years as a clinical fellow of endocrine surgery under Dr. George Irvin’s mentorship.

Following these 5 years of specialized endocrine surgery training in this center of excellence, she was ready to start her career as an academic surgeon in the US, 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.

She currently sees patients at Hollings Cancer Center and North Charleston Specialty Care clinics 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 new state of the art hospital Ashley River Tower.

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