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Herbert Chen, MD

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(608) 263-1387

MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Herbert Chen, MD

Professor, Layton F. Rikkers Chair in Surgical Leadership
Chairman, Division of General Surgery
Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Surgery
Section of Endocrine Surgery


  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1992
  • Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1992-1999
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Baltimore, MD, 1994-1997
  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology and Endocrinology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1998-2000

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Chen is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in endocrine surgery (thyroid surgery, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, and laparoscopic adrenalectomy); minimally invasive endocrine surgery, surgical oncology and adult general surgery.

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

Research Interests

Dr. Chen is the leader of the endocrine cancer group at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. His research program investigates the development, progression, and treatment of endocrine tumors including gastrointestinal carcinoids, thyroid cancer, adrenal cancer, and pancreatic islet cell tumors.

Dr. Chen's Lab


Recent Publications
  • Novel Thyroidectomy Difficulty Scale Correlates with Operative Times.
    Schneider DF, Mazeh H, Oltmann SC, Chen H, Sippel RS
    World J Surg 2014 Mar 11.
    [PubMed ID: 24615607]
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  • Elevated parathyroid hormone after parathyroidectomy delays symptom improvement.
    Pathak PR, Holden SE, Schaefer SC, Leverson G, Chen H, Sippel RS
    J. Surg. Res. 2014 Mar 2.
    [PubMed ID: 24685332]
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  • Improvement of sleep disturbance and insomnia following parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism.
    Murray SE, Pathak PR, Schaefer SC, Chen H, Sippel RS
    World J Surg 2014 Mar; 38(3):542-8.
    [PubMed ID: 24142330, PMC ID: 3945278]
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  • Predictors of recurrence in primary hyperparathyroidism: an analysis of 1386 cases.
    Schneider DF, Mazeh H, Chen H, Sippel RS
    Ann. Surg. 2014 Mar; 259(3):563-8.
    [PubMed ID: 24263316]
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  • A survey of preferences regarding surgical approach to thyroid surgery.
    Coorough NE, Schneider DF, Rosen MW, Sippel RS, Chen H, Schwarze ML, Mazeh H
    World J Surg 2014 Mar; 38(3):696-703.
    [PubMed ID: 24366272, PMC ID: 3936669]
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