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David F. Schneider, MD, MS

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(608) 263-1387

MADISON, WI 53792-3284

David F. Schneider, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Division of Endocrine Surgery
Divisions of General Surgery


  • MD, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2004
  • Research Fellowship in Burn & Shock Trauma, Loyola Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2008
  • MS in Clinical Research Methods, Department of Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, 2010
  • General Surgery Residency, Loyola Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2011
  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2013

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Schneider is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and he is a member of multiple specialty societies including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American Thyroid Association, the North American NeuroEndocrine Tumor Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He specializes in endocrine surgery, treating diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. He utilizes several minimally invasive techniques to treat endocrine disorders (endoscopic thyroidectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, focused exploration for recurrent thyroid cancer).

Dr. Schneider provides a wide range of services including Adrenal Surgery, Central Neck Dissection, Endocrine Surgery, Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA), Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy, Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy, Minimally Invasive Radioguided Parathyroidectomy (MIRP), Modified Radical Neck Dissection, Neck Ultrasound, Open Adrenalectomy, Parathyroid Surgery, Resection Of Substernal Goiter, Retroperitoneoscopic Adrenalectomy, Subtotal Parathyroidectomy, Thyroidectomy, Thyroid Lobectomy, Thyroid Surgery, and Total Thyroidectomy.

Research Interests

Dr. Schneider conducts outcomes research in conjunction with the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Program. His research program investigates the optimization of cancer care in the United States with a particular interest in endocrine cancers. This work utilizes large national databases which can impact national healthcare and policy initiatives. He also conducts clinical research working on hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, Graves’ Disease, and adrenal disorders.

Recent Publications
  • Assessing the risk of hypercalcemic crisis in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
    Lowell AJ, Bushman NM, Wang X, Ma Y, Pitt SC, Sippel RS, Schneider DF, Randle RW
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Sep; 217():252-257.
    [PubMed ID: 28711370, PMC ID: 5603402]
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  • Papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: decision-making, extent of surgery, and outcomes.
    Price AK, Randle RW, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Pitt SC
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Oct; 218():237-245.
    [PubMed ID: 28985856]
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  • Encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid cancer: are these tumors really benign?
    Aburjania Z, Jang S, Montemayor-Garcia C, Lloyd RV, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H, Elfenbein DM
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Aug; 216():138-142.
    [PubMed ID: 28807198, PMC ID: 5608032]
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  • Optimizing Outpatient Pain Management After Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery: A Two-Institution Experience.
    Lou I, Chennell TB, Schaefer SC, Chen H, Sippel RS, Balentine C, Schneider DF, Moalem J
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2017 Jul; 24(7):1951-1957.
    [PubMed ID: 28160140, PMC ID: 5451307]
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    Schneider DF, Cherney Stafford LM, Brys N, Greenberg CC, Balentine CJ, Elfenbein DM, Pitt SC
    Endocr Pract 2017 Apr 02; 23(4):442-450.
    [PubMed ID: 28095042, PMC ID: 5403583]
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  • Improving diagnostic recognition of primary hyperparathyroidism with machine learning.
    Somnay YR, Craven M, McCoy KL, Carty SE, Wang TS, Greenberg CC, Schneider DF
    Surgery 2017 Apr; 161(4):1113-1121.
    [PubMed ID: 27989606, PMC ID: 5367958]
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  • How long should we follow patients after apparently curative parathyroidectomy?
    Lou I, Balentine C, Clarkson S, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H
    Surgery 2017 Jan; 161(1):54-61.
    [PubMed ID: 27863779, PMC ID: 5164956]
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  • Trends in the presentation, treatment, and survival of patients with medullary thyroid cancer over the past 30 years.
    Randle RW, Balentine CJ, Leverson GE, Havlena JA, Sippel RS, Schneider DF, Pitt SC
    Surgery 2017 Jan; 161(1):137-146.
    [PubMed ID: 27842913, PMC ID: 5164945]
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  • Minimally Invasive Resection of Adrenocortical Carcinoma: a Multi-Institutional Study of 201 Patients.
    Lee CW, Salem AI, Schneider DF, Leverson GE, Tran TB, Poultsides GA, Postlewait LM, Maithel SK, Wang TS, Hatzaras I, Shenoy R, Phay JE, Shirley L, Fields RC, Jin LX, Pawlik TM, Prescott JD, Sicklick JK, Gad S, Yopp AC, Mansour JC, Duh QY, Seiser N, Solorzano CC, Kiernan CM, Votanopoulos KI, Levine EA, Weber SM
    J. Gastrointest. Surg. 2017 Feb; 21(2):352-362.
    [PubMed ID: 27770290, PMC ID: 5263186]
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  • Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Levels at 5 min Can Identify Multigland Disease.
    Alhefdhi A, Ahmad K, Sippel R, Chen H, Schneider DF
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2017 Mar; 24(3):733-738.
    [PubMed ID: 27743228, PMC ID: 5292060]
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