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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
  • Evaluation and Management of the Pediatric Thyroid Nodule.
    Guille JT, Opoku-Boateng A, Thibeault SL, Chen H
    Oncologist 2014 Dec 5.
    [PubMed ID: 25480825]
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  • Thiocoraline activates the Notch pathway in carcinoids and reduces tumor progression in vivo.
    Wyche TP, Dammalapati A, Cho H, Harrison AD, Kwon GS, Chen H, Bugni TS, Jaskula-Sztul R
    Cancer Gene Ther. 2014 Dec; 21(12):518-25.
    [PubMed ID: 25412645, PMC ID: 4270822]
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  • Is central lymph node dissection necessary for parathyroid carcinoma?
    Hsu KT, Sippel RS, Chen H, Schneider DF
    Surgery 2014 Dec; 156(6):1336-41.
    [PubMed ID: 25456903, PMC ID: 4254726]
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  • The effect of cinacalcet on intraoperative findings in tertiary hyperparathyroidism patients undergoing parathyroidectomy.
    Somnay YR, Weinlander E, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H
    Surgery 2014 Dec; 156(6):1308-14.
    [PubMed ID: 25456900, PMC ID: 4254721]
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  • Is intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring necessary with ipsilateral parathyroid gland visualization during anticipated unilateral exploration for primary hyperparathyroidism: a two-institution analysis of more than 2,000 patients.
    Rajaei MH, Oltmann SC, Adkisson CD, Elfenbein DM, Chen H, Carty SE, McCoy KL
    Surgery 2014 Oct; 156(4):760-6.
    [PubMed ID: 25239313]
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