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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
  • Back so soon? Is early recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer really just persistent disease?
    Bates MF, Lamas MR, Randle RW, Long KL, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS
    Surgery 2017 Nov 08.
    [PubMed ID: 29128176]
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  • Impact of potassium iodide on thyroidectomy for Graves' disease: Implications for safety and operative difficulty.
    Randle RW, Bates MF, Long KL, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS
    Surgery 2017 Nov 03.
    [PubMed ID: 29108701]
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  • What does #NYerORCoverChallenge mean for men in cardiothoracic surgery?
    Pitt SC
    J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017 Oct; 154(4):1352-1353.
    [PubMed ID: 28781089]
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  • Assessing the risk of hypercalcemic crisis in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
    Lowell AJ, Bushman NM, Wang X, Ma Y, Pitt SC, Sippel RS, Schneider DF, Randle RW
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Sep; 217():252-257.
    [PubMed ID: 28711370, PMC ID: 5603402]
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  • Machine learning to identify multigland disease in primary hyperparathyroidism.
    Imbus JR, Randle RW, Pitt SC, Sippel RS, Schneider DF
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Nov; 219():173-179.
    [PubMed ID: 29078878, PMC ID: 5661967]
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  • Papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: decision-making, extent of surgery, and outcomes.
    Price AK, Randle RW, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Pitt SC
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Oct; 218():237-245.
    [PubMed ID: 28985856]
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  • Papillary Thyroid Cancer: The Good and Bad of the "Good Cancer".
    Randle RW, Bushman NM, Orne J, Balentine CJ, Wendt E, Saucke M, Pitt SC, Macdonald CL, Connor NP, Sippel RS
    Thyroid 2017 Jul; 27(7):902-907.
    [PubMed ID: 28510505, PMC ID: 5561445]
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    Schneider DF, Cherney Stafford LM, Brys N, Greenberg CC, Balentine CJ, Elfenbein DM, Pitt SC
    Endocr Pract 2017 Apr 02; 23(4):442-450.
    [PubMed ID: 28095042, PMC ID: 5403583]
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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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