Surgery and radiosurgery are common treatments for tumors of the pituitary gland – a brain structure that is responsible for many metabolic and endocrine functions of the human body. Patients with pituitary tumors typically complain of headaches, visual changes, and many other general symptoms such as weight gain/loss, heat/cold intolerance, dry skin, brittle nails, and changes in appearance or clothing sizes. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may confirm the presence of a pituitary tumor, also called a "microadenoma" (less than 1 cm) or a "macroadenoma" (greather than 1 cm). Some pituitary tumors secrete hormones that affect the entire body.

The UAB Approach


UAB's pituitary tumor program is a combined effort between your neurosurgeon and an endocrinologist. Once referred to this clinic you will receive a multidisciplinary evaluation, including review of your imaging and evaluation of blood tests. Conditions treated include microadenomas, macroadenomas, craniopharyngiomas, Rathke's cleft cysts, sellar meningiomas, and other tumors of the anterior skull base. Kristen Riley, MD specializes in the endoscopic surgical treatment of these tumors, using a specialized camera to enter the tumor through the nose. Tom Brooks Vaughan, MD is a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in the medical evaluation and treatment of pituitary tumors before and after surgery. The multidisciplinary approach ensures the most complete treatment of these conditions.

UAB Pituitary Surgery Team

Kristen Riley, MD


For referrals to the UAB multidisciplinary Pituitary Clinic, please call 205-996-2461.