Rebecca S Sippel, MD, FACS


  • Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Professional Development
  • Chief, Division of Endocrine Surgery
Clinic: (608) 242-2888

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-1387

Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • 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

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.

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. Sippel is also interested in improving patient education and decision making related to the treatment of Graves’ Disease.

Recent Publications

  • Do Ultrasound Patterns and Clinical Parameters Inform the Probability of Thyroid Cancer Predicted by Molecular Testing in Nodules with Indeterminate Cytology?
    Figge JJ, Gooding WE, Steward DL, Yip L, Sippel RS, Yang SP, Scheri RP, Sipos JA, Mandel SJ, Mayson SE, Burman KD, Folek JM, Haugen BR, Sosa JA, Parameswaran R, Tan WB, Nikiforov YE, Carty SE
    Thyroid 2021 Sep 01;
    [PubMed ID: 34340592]

  • Patients' Reaction to Diagnosis with Thyroid Cancer or an Indeterminate Thyroid Nodule.
    Pitt SC, Saucke MC, Wendt EM, Schneider DF, Orne J, Macdonald CL, Connor NP, Sippel RS
    Thyroid 2021 04; 31(4): 580-588
    [PubMed ID: 33012267]

  • A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial: No Clear Benefit to Prophylactic Central Neck Dissection in Patients With Clinically Node Negative Papillary Thyroid Cancer.
    Sippel RS, Robbins SE, Poehls JL, Pitt SC, Chen H, Leverson G, Long KL, Schneider DF, Connor NP
    Ann Surg 2020 09 01; 272(3): 496-503
    [PubMed ID: 33759836]

  • Hormonal Evaluation of Incidental Adrenal Masses: The Exception, Not the Rule.
    Kirsch MJ, Hsu KT, Lee MH, Pickhardt PJ, Kim DH, Sippel RS, Dedhia PH
    World J Surg 2020 Nov; 44(11): 3778-3785
    [PubMed ID: 32651604]

  • What is the experience of our patients with transient hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy?
    Doubleday AR, Robbins SE, Macdonald CL, Elfenbein DM, Connor NP, Sippel RS
    Surgery 2021 01; 169(1): 70-76
    [PubMed ID: 32654859]

All Publications on PubMed