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Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS

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(608) 263-1387

600 Highland Ave
MC 7375
Madison, WI 53792-3284

Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS

Assistant Professor
Division of Endocrine Surgery
Divisions of General Surgery


  • MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2005
  • Endocrine Surgery Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI, 2009
  • General Surgery Residency, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2012
  • Fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatopancreatobiliary, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2013
  • MPHS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 2014
  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 2015

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Susan Pitt is a board certified, fellowship trained endocrine surgeon. She specializes in treating benign and malignant diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. She employs multiple operative techniques to enhance patient outcomes, including minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy, and intraoperative parathyroid hormone testing. She is particularly interested in patients with indeterminate thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and adrenal lesions (incidentalomas, functioning tumors and adrenocortical cancer). She is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Academic Surgery.

Dr. Pitt 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, Retroperitoneoscopic Adrenalectomy, Subtotal Parathyroidectomy, Thyroidectomy, Thyroid Lobectomy, Thyroid Surgery, and Total Thyroidectomy.

Research Interests

Dr. Pitt’s research is health services and surgical outcomes based. She has a special interest in the doctor-patient relationship involving surgical decision making — also called shared decision making — and ensuring that patients understand their disease, treatment, outcomes, and expectations. These are all aspects involved in informed consent.

Recent Publications
    Schneider DF, Cherney Stafford LM, Brys N, Greenberg CC, Balentine CJ, Elfenbein DM, Pitt SC
    Endocr Pract 2017 Jan 17.
    [PubMed ID: 28095042]
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  • Pancreatoduodenectomy with venous or arterial resection: a NSQIP propensity score analysis.
    Beane JD, House MG, Pitt SC, Zarzaur B, Kilbane EM, Hall BL, Riall TS, Pitt HA
    HPB (Oxford) 2017 Mar; 19(3):254-263.
    [PubMed ID: 28038967]
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  • Editorial: Complex decision making in thyroid cancer: Costs and consequences-is less more?
    Pitt SC, Lubitz CC
    Surgery 2017 Jan; 161(1):134-136.
    [PubMed ID: 27855971]
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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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  • Selective Versus Non-selective α-Blockade Prior to Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy for Pheochromocytoma.
    Randle RW, Balentine CJ, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS
    Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2017 Jan; 24(1):244-250.
    [PubMed ID: 27561909, PMC ID: 5182141]
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  • Identification of Novel Oncogenic Mutations in Thyroid Cancer.
    Pitt SC, Hernandez RA, Nehs MA, Gawande AA, Moore FD, Ruan DT, Cho NL
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2016 Jun; 222(6):1036-1043.e2.
    [PubMed ID: 27010584]
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  • Distal pancreatectomy with celiac axis resection: what are the added risks?
    Beane JD, House MG, Pitt SC, Kilbane EM, Hall BL, Parmar AD, Riall TS, Pitt HA
    HPB (Oxford) 2015 Sep; 17(9):777-84.
    [PubMed ID: 26201994, PMC ID: 4557651]
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  • Incidental gallbladder cancer at cholecystectomy: when should the surgeon be suspicious?
    Pitt SC, Jin LX, Hall BL, Strasberg SM, Pitt HA
    Ann. Surg. 2014 Jul; 260(1):128-33.
    [PubMed ID: 24509205]
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  • Effect of donor body mass index on the outcome of donation after cardiac death kidneys: how big is too big?
    Jin LX, Pitt SC, Doyle MB, Klein C, Shenoy S, Lowell JA, Chapman WC, Wellen JR
    Transplant. Proc. 2014 Jan-Feb; 46(1):46-9.
    [PubMed ID: 24507024]
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  • Organ allocation in pediatric renal transplants: is there an optimal donor?
    Pitt SC, Vachharajani N, Doyle MB, Lowell JA, Chapman WC, Anderson CD, Shenoy S, Wellen JR
    Clin Transplant 2013 Nov-Dec; 27(6):938-44.
    [PubMed ID: 24224847]
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