Rebecca S Sippel, MD, FACS


  • Vice Chair of Academic Affairs and Professional Development
  • Chair, Division of Endocrine Surgery
(608) 263-1387

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-1387

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


  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, Endocrine Surgery Research Lab
  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, University of California- San Francisco, CA

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

  • What constitutes quality in endocrine surgery? Statement from the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.
    Mathur A, Patel KN, Wilhelm SM, Sippel RS, Miller BS, Solórzano CC, Kelz R
    Surgery 2024 May 17;
    [PubMed ID: 38762381]

  • Disparities in the treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism: A scoping review and conceptual model.
    Chiu AS, Schears M, Hitchcock M, Sippel R, Kind A
    Am J Surg 2024 Apr 16;
    [PubMed ID: 38653710]

  • Don't chase the adenoma: A probabilistic approach to imaging before parathyroidectomy.
    Lunardi N, Jacob A, Elfenbein D, Schneider DF, Long K, Holoubek SA, MacKinney E, Chiu A, Sippel RS, Balentine CJ
    Surgery 2024 May; 175(5): 1299-1304
    [PubMed ID: 38433078]

  • Lymph node imaging for thyroid cancer.
    Holoubek SA, Sippel RS
    Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2024 Jan; 100(1): 96-101
    [PubMed ID: 38009335]

  • Predicting health-related quality of life change using natural language processing in thyroid cancer.
    Lian R, Hsiao V, Hwang J, Ou Y, Robbins SE, Connor NP, Macdonald CL, Sippel RS, Sethares WA, Schneider DF
    Intell Based Med 2023; 7
    [PubMed ID: 37664403]

All Publications on PubMed