Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

  • 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

  • Women in Academic Surgery: A Double-Edged Scalpel.
    Greenup RA, Pitt SC
    Acad Med 2020 Jul 14;
    [PubMed ID: 32675794]

  • Outcomes after completion thyroidectomy versus total thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer: A single-center experience.
    Dedhia PH, Stoeckl EM, McDow AD, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Long KL
    J Surg Oncol 2020 May 28;
    [PubMed ID: 32468708]

  • Utility of the 10 Hounsfield unit threshold for identifying adrenal adenomas: Can we improve?
    Kirsch MJ, Kohli MW, Long KL, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Dedhia PH
    Am. J. Surg. 2020 Apr 21;
    [PubMed ID: 32359690]

  • A Call for Professionalism: Addressing Gender Bias in Surgical Training.
    Erdahl LM, Chandrabose RK, Pitt SC, Radford DM, Strong SA, Silver JK
    J Surg Educ 2020 Jul - Aug; 77(4): 718-719
    [PubMed ID: 32179031]

  • Representation of Women in Authorship and Dissemination of Analyses of Physician Compensation.
    Larson AR, Cawcutt KA, Englander MJ, Pitt SC, Ansari E, Liu HY, Silver JK
    JAMA Netw Open 2020 Mar 02; 3(3): e201330
    [PubMed ID: 32196102]

All Publications on PubMed