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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 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.

Dr. Chen's Lab

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Prospective Intervention of a Novel Levothyroxine Dosing Protocol Based on Body Mass Index after Thyroidectomy.
    Elfenbein DM, Schaefer S, Shumway C, Chen H, Sippel RS, Schneider DF
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2015 Oct 21.
    [PubMed ID: 26584573]
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  • How Well Does Renal Transplantation Cure Hyperparathyroidism?
    Lou I, Foley D, Odorico SK, Leverson G, Schneider DF, Sippel R, Chen H
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Oct; 262(4):653-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26366545, PMC ID: 4576689]
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  • Do additional imaging studies change operative management in patients undergoing adrenalectomy?
    Lou I, Schneider DF, Leverson GE, Sippel RS, Chen H
    Surgery 2015 Oct; 158(4):1003-9; discussion 1009-11.
    [PubMed ID: 26233809, PMC ID: 4567496]
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  • Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy: incidence and resolution.
    Ritter K, Elfenbein D, Schneider DF, Chen H, Sippel RS
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Aug; 197(2):348-53.
    [PubMed ID: 25982044, PMC ID: 4466142]
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  • Substernal goiter: when is a sternotomy required?
    Nankee L, Chen H, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Elfenbein DM
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Nov; 199(1):121-5.
    [PubMed ID: 25976851]
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