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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

Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Does levothyroxine administration impact parathyroid localization?
    Ayers RR, Tobin K, Sippel RS, Balentine C, Elfenbein D, Chen H, Schneider DF
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Mar 31.
    [PubMed ID: 25917998]
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  • Radioguided parathyroidectomy for tertiary hyperparathyroidism.
    Somnay YR, Weinlander E, Alfhefdi A, Schneider D, Sippel RS, Chen H
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 May 15; 195(2):406-11.
    [PubMed ID: 25770735]
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  • Faculty evaluations of resident medical knowledge: can they be used to predict American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination performance?
    Elfenbein DM, Sippel RS, McDonald R, Watson T, Scarborough JE, Migaly J
    Am. J. Surg. 2015 Jan 22.
    [PubMed ID: 25686512]
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  • Is intraoperative parathyroid hormone testing in┬ápatients with renal insufficiency undergoing parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism accurate?
    Sohn JA, Oltmann SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Chen H, Elfenbein DM
    Am. J. Surg. 2015 Mar; 209(3):483-7.
    [PubMed ID: 25556028, PMC ID: 4361237]
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  • Surgical subinternships: bridging the chiasm between medical school and residency: a position paper prepared by the Subcommittee for Surgery Subinternship and the Curriculum Committee of the Association for Surgical Education.
    Issa N, Ladd AP, Lidor AO, Sippel RS, Goldin SB, Subcommittee for Surgery Subinternship and the Curriculum Committee of the Association for Surgical Education
    Am. J. Surg. 2015 Jan; 209(1):8-14.
    [PubMed ID: 25497437]
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