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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
Section of Endocrine Surgery
Division 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
  • Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications Significantly Increase the Risk of Postoperative Hematoma: Review of over 4500 Thyroid and Parathyroid Procedures.
    Oltmann SC, Alhefdhi AY, Rajaei MH, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2016 May 2.
    [PubMed ID: 27138383]
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  • Thyroidectomy for Graves' disease in children: Indications and complications.
    Elfenbein DM, Katz M, Schneider DF, Chen H, Sippel RS
    J. Pediatr. Surg. 2016 Apr 2.
    [PubMed ID: 27113266]
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  • Use of the gamma probe to identify multigland disease in primary hyperparathyroidism.
    Tobin K, Ayers RR, Rajaei M, Sippel RS, Balentine CJ, Elfenbein D, Chen H, Schneider DF
    Int J Endocr Oncol 2016 Feb; 3(1):13-19.
    [PubMed ID: 27127604, PMC ID: 4844463]
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  • When patients call their surgeon's office: an opportunity to improve the quality of surgical care and prevent readmissions.
    Brekke A, Elfenbein DM, Madkhali T, Schaefer SC, Shumway C, Chen H, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Balentine C
    Am. J. Surg. 2016 Mar; 211(3):599-604.
    [PubMed ID: 26762830, PMC ID: 4783139]
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  • Parathyroidectomy is underused in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism after renal transplantation.
    Lou I, Schneider DF, Leverson G, Foley D, Sippel R, Chen H
    Surgery 2016 Jan; 159(1):172-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26603850, PMC ID: 4688142]
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  • Prospective Intervention of a Novel Levothyroxine Dosing Protocol Based on Body Mass Index after Thyroidectomy.
    Elfenbein DM, Schaefer S, Shumway C, Chen H, Sippel RS, Schneider DF
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2016 Jan; 222(1):83-8.
    [PubMed ID: 26584573, PMC ID: 4698011]
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  • How Well Does Renal Transplantation Cure Hyperparathyroidism?
    Lou I, Foley D, Odorico SK, Leverson G, Schneider DF, Sippel R, Chen H
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Oct; 262(4):653-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26366545, PMC ID: 4576689]
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  • Do additional imaging studies change operative management in patients undergoing adrenalectomy?
    Lou I, Schneider DF, Leverson GE, Sippel RS, Chen H
    Surgery 2015 Oct; 158(4):1003-9; discussion 1009-11.
    [PubMed ID: 26233809, PMC ID: 4567496]
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  • Parathyroid Carcinoma: Is It Time for Change?
    Schneider DF
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2015 Nov; 22(12):3772-3.
    [PubMed ID: 26100817]
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  • Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy: incidence and resolution.
    Ritter K, Elfenbein D, Schneider DF, Chen H, Sippel RS
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Aug; 197(2):348-53.
    [PubMed ID: 25982044, PMC ID: 4466142]
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