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

  • Adoption of Active Surveillance for Very Low-Risk Differentiated Thyroid Cancer in the United States: A National Survey.
    Pitt SC, Yang N, Saucke MC, Marka N, Hanlon B, Long KL, McDow AD, Brito JP, Roman BR
    J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2021 Mar 25; 106(4): e1728-e1737
    [PubMed ID: 33373458]

    Roman BR, Brito JP, Saucke MC, Lohia S, Jensen CB, Zaborek N, Jennings JL, Tuttle RM, Davies L, Pitt SC
    Endocr Pract 2021 Jan; 27(1): 1-7
    [PubMed ID: 33471727]

  • Factors associated with physicians' recommendations for managing low-risk papillary thyroid cancer.
    McDow AD, Roman BR, Saucke MC, Jensen CB, Zaborek N, Jennings JL, Davies L, Brito JP, Pitt SC
    Am J Surg 2020 Nov 12;
    [PubMed ID: 33248684]

  • #ILookLikeASurgeon: Or do I? The local and global impact of a hashtag.
    Ansari H, Pitt SC
    Am J Surg 2020 Oct 20;
    [PubMed ID: 33109333]

  • 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 2020 Nov 04;
    [PubMed ID: 33012267]

All Publications on PubMed