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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
  • Justified Follow-Up: A Final Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone (ioPTH) Over 40 pg/mL is Associated with an Increased Risk of Persistence and Recurrence in Primary Hyperparathyroidism.
    Rajaei MH, Bentz AM, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H, Oltmann SC
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2014 Sep 6.
    [PubMed ID: 25192677]
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  • Lymph Node Metastases do not Impact Survival in Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Cancer.
    Schneider DF, Elfenbein D, Lloyd RV, Chen H, Sippel RS
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2014 Aug 5.
    [PubMed ID: 25092163]
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  • Novel thyroidectomy difficulty scale correlates with operative times.
    Schneider DF, Mazeh H, Oltmann SC, Chen H, Sippel RS
    World J Surg 2014 Aug; 38(8):1984-9.
    [PubMed ID: 24615607]
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  • Failure of Radioactive Iodine in the Treatment of Hyperthyroidism.
    Schneider DF, Sonderman PE, Jones MF, Ojomo KA, Chen H, Jaume JC, Elson DF, Perlman SB, Sippel RS
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2014 Jul 8.
    [PubMed ID: 25001092]
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  • The roles of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition marker PRRX1 and miR-146b-5p in papillary thyroid carcinoma progression.
    Hardin H, Guo Z, Shan W, Montemayor-Garcia C, Asioli S, Yu XM, Harrison AD, Chen H, Lloyd RV
    Am. J. Pathol. 2014 Aug; 184(8):2342-54.
    [PubMed ID: 24946010, PMC ID: 4116695]
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