Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS, FACS

Assistant Professor

  • Division of Endocrine Surgery
Clinic: (608) 242-2888

  • Administrative Assistant: (608) 263-1387

600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • 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.

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

  • Informed Consent and Informed Decision-Making in High-Risk Surgery: A Quantitative Analysis.
    Long KL, Ingraham AM, Wendt EM, Saucke MC, Balentine C, Orne J, Pitt SC
    J Am Coll Surg 2021 Sep; 233(3): 337-345
    [PubMed ID: 34102279]

  • Breaking Down or Waking Up? Psychological Distress and Sleep Disturbance in Patients with Thyroid Nodules and Cancer.
    Pitt SC, Haymart MR
    J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2021 May 13;
    [PubMed ID: 33982121]

  • Thyroid Lobectomy for Low-Risk Papillary Thyroid Cancer: A National Survey of Low- and High-Volume Surgeons.
    McDow AD, Saucke MC, Marka NA, Long KL, Pitt SC
    Ann Surg Oncol 2021 Jul; 28(7): 3568-3575
    [PubMed ID: 33939048]

  • Active surveillance for thyroid Cancer: a qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to implementation.
    Jensen CB, Saucke MC, Pitt SC
    BMC Cancer 2021 Apr 28; 21(1): 471
    [PubMed ID: 33910527]

  • AAPOR Reporting Guidelines for Survey Studies.
    Pitt SC, Schwartz TA, Chu D
    JAMA Surg 2021 Aug 01; 156(8): 785-786
    [PubMed ID: 33825811]

All Publications on PubMed