Our Practice


We are the place for research and innovation.  Wilmington Endocrinology is the frontier for elastography and 3D ultrasound technology in thyroid nodules and parathyroid adenomas.

In our office, we utilize the most cutting edge ultrasound technologies in an effort to better serve our patients.  Our areas of expertise include thyroid – disease, nodules, and cancer – as well as lymph nodes and parathyroid adenomas.

Our article “Shear wave elastography and Afirma™ gene expression classifier in thyroid nodules with indeterminate cytology: a comparison study,” was Springer’s most downloaded Internal Medicine article of 2018 with over 80,000 downloads since its publication!

Dr. Azizi

Dr. Ghobad Azizi is fellowship trained and board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism. He has extensive background and training in treating thyroid nodules and thyroid cancer. He has performed thousands of FNA biopsies of thyroid nodules and lymph nodes annually for the past decade. He has more than 6 years’ experience with strain elastography and over 3 years’ experience with Shear Wave elastography.
Dr. Azizi has worked in a private practice in Wilmington, North Carolina for more than 15 years.

In the past decade, he has published several large prospective studies on thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and the effect of elastography in thyroid nodule management.
These studies have been cited more than 400 times.

The goal of our practice and our research is to detect thyroid cancer as early as possible.  This may help prevent second surgeries and metastatic disease, as well as detecting Hashimoto’s thyroiditis sooner to prevent prolonged untreated hypothyroidism.  We do this by carefully studying sonographic features with high-tech diagnostic imaging modalities.

We also have great interest in diagnosing parathyroid adenomas with ultrasound and other modalities. Differentiating between benign and malignant lymph nodes with ultrasound is also part of our interest and research.  Dr. Azizi’s previously published study is one of the largest on thyroid nodules. He is also currently involved with several prospective studies.

Dr. Azizi was recently invited to join the 2017 UnitedHealthcare Southeast Region Medical Advisory Committee. This is an important forum for engaging in open dialogue that leads to improvements in quality management, preventative health and health management programs, technology assessments, medical policies and consumer engagement initiatives.

Michelle L. Mayo, PA-C

Michelle has been the Physician Assistant at Wilmington Endocrinology since February 2009. She works closely with Dr. Azizi and the staff to evaluate and treat patients. She is also involved in the many clinical studies currently being performed in the office.

She received her Master’s in Medical Science with a concentration in Physician Assistant studies in 2008 from East Carolina University. She went to North Carolina State University for Undergrad. She received a BS in Biological sciences and Minors in Genetics and Health, Medicine and Human Values.

Michelle currently holds a North Carolina Medical License. Additionally, she is a member of American Association of Physician Assistants, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the Coastal Cape Fear PA Society.







Professional Address:
Wilmington Endocrinology, P.A.
1717 Shipyard Blvd Suite 220
Wilmington, NC 28403

Mailing Address:
Wilmington Endocrinology, P.A.
PO Box 3788
Wilmington, NC 28408

Serving Wilmington, Raleigh,
Fayetteville, Jacksonville, Charlotte,
all of Eastern North Carolina and beyond.

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