Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

  • Division of Endocrine Surgery
(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

    • A Qualitative Analysis of the Preoperative Needs of Patients With Papillary Thyroid Cancer.
    • Pitt SC, Wendt E, Saucke MC, Voils CI, Orne J, Macdonald CL, Connor NP, Sippel RS
    • J. Surg. Res. 2019 Dec; 244: 324-331
    • [PubMed ID: 31306889]
    • Optimizing Levothyroxine Dose Adjustment After Thyroidectomy With a Decision Tree.
    • Chen SS, Zaborek NA, Doubleday AR, Schaefer SC, Long KL, Pitt SC, Sippel RS, Schneider DF
    • J. Surg. Res. 2019 Dec; 244: 102-106
    • [PubMed ID: 31279993]
    • Utility of Early Postoperative Unstimulated Thyroglobulin in Influencing Decision Making in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma.
    • McDow AD, Shumway CM, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Long KL
    • Ann. Surg. Oncol. 2019 Nov; 26(12): 4002-4007
    • [PubMed ID: 31267301]
    • Extent of Surgery for Low-Risk Differentiated Thyroid Cancer.
    • McDow AD, Pitt SC
    • Surg. Clin. North Am. 2019 Aug; 99(4): 599-610
    • [PubMed ID: 31255194]
    • Identifying Predictors of Prolonged Levothyroxine Dose Adjustment After Thyroidectomy.
    • Atruktsang TS, Zaborek NA, Imbus JR, Long K, Pitt SC, Sippel RS, Schneider DF
    • J. Surg. Res. 2019 Oct; 242: 166-171
    • [PubMed ID: 31078901]

All Publications on PubMed