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Rebecca S Sippel, MD

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(608) 263-1387

MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Rebecca S Sippel, MD

Associate Professor
Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery
Division of General Surgery


  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1999
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI, 1999-2006
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, Endocrine Surgery Research Lab, 2001-2003
  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, University of California- San Francisco, CA, 2006-2007

Dr. Sippel is the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Director.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Sippel is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She specializes in endocrine surgery, treating diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. She utilizes several minimally invasive techniques to treat endocrine disorders (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, focused exploration for recurrent thyroid cancer). She has a special interest in treating patients with Graves disease, hyperparathyroidism and recurrent thyroid cancer.

Dr. Sippel 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, Neck Ultrasound, Parathyroid Surgery, Resection Of Substernal Goiter, Subtotal Parathyroidectomy, Thyroidectomy, Thyroid Lobectomy, Thyroid Surgery, and Total Thyroidectomy.

Research Interests

Dr. Sippel conducts translational research at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research program investigates the development and treatment of endocrine tumors with a special interest in thyroid cancer. She also conducts clinical research working on improving the care and outcomes of patients with endocrine tumors.

Dr. Chen's Lab

Recent Publications
  • Aggressiveness in familial nonmedullary thyroid carcinoma-the controversy continues.
    Mazeh H, Sippel RS
    Thyroid 2014 Apr; 24(4):783-4.
    [PubMed ID: 24660808]
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  • Surgical site infection after thyroidectomy: a rare but significant complication.
    Elfenbein DM, Schneider DF, Chen H, Sippel RS
    J. Surg. Res. 2014 Mar 19.
    [PubMed ID: 24739508]
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  • Distinguishing classical papillary thyroid microcancers from follicular-variant microcancers.
    Singhal S, Sippel RS, Chen H, Schneider DF
    J. Surg. Res. 2014 Mar 19.
    [PubMed ID: 24735716]
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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 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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