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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 and Chief, Division of Endocrine Surgery
Divisions 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 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, 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.


Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Optimizing Outpatient Pain Management After Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery: A Two-Institution Experience.
    Lou I, Chennell TB, Schaefer SC, Chen H, Sippel RS, Balentine C, Schneider DF, Moalem J
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2017 Feb 03.
    [PubMed ID: 28160140]
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  • Expert consensus of general surgery residents' proficiency with common endocrine operations.
    Phitayakorn R, Kelz RR, Petrusa E, Sippel RS, Sturgeon C, Patel KN, Perrier ND
    Surgery 2017 Jan; 161(1):280-288.
    [PubMed ID: 27865597]
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  • How long should we follow patients after apparently curative parathyroidectomy?
    Lou I, Balentine C, Clarkson S, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H
    Surgery 2017 Jan; 161(1):54-61.
    [PubMed ID: 27863779, PMC ID: 5164956]
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  • Trends in the presentation, treatment, and survival of patients with medullary thyroid cancer over the past 30 years.
    Randle RW, Balentine CJ, Leverson GE, Havlena JA, Sippel RS, Schneider DF, Pitt SC
    Surgery 2017 Jan; 161(1):137-146.
    [PubMed ID: 27842913, PMC ID: 5164945]
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  • Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Levels at 5 min Can Identify Multigland Disease.
    Alhefdhi A, Ahmad K, Sippel R, Chen H, Schneider DF
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2017 Mar; 24(3):733-738.
    [PubMed ID: 27743228, PMC ID: 5292060]
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