University of Wisconsin–Madison

Susan C. Pitt, MD, MPHS, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

  • Division of Endocrine Surgery
  • Divisions of General Surgery
(608) 263-1387

600 Highland Ave
MC 7375
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

    • Expanding Opportunities for Professional Development: Utilization of Twitter by Early Career Women in Academic Medicine and Science.
    • Lewis JD, Fane KE, Ingraham AM, Khan A, Mills AM, Pitt SC, Ramo D, Wu RI, Pollart SM
    • JMIR Med Educ 2018 Jul 23; 4(2): e11140
    • [PubMed ID: 30037788]
    • Survival in patients with medullary thyroid cancer after less than the recommended initial operation.
    • Randle RW, Bates MF, Schneider DF, Sippel RS, Pitt SC
    • J Surg Oncol 2018 May; 117(6): 1211-1216
    • [PubMed ID: 29266278]
    • Back so soon? Is early recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer really just persistent disease?
    • Bates MF, Lamas MR, Randle RW, Long KL, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS
    • Surgery 2018 01; 163(1): 118-123
    • [PubMed ID: 29128176]
    • Impact of potassium iodide on thyroidectomy for Graves' disease: Implications for safety and operative difficulty.
    • Randle RW, Bates MF, Long KL, Pitt SC, Schneider DF, Sippel RS
    • Surgery 2018 01; 163(1): 68-72
    • [PubMed ID: 29108701]
    • What does #NYerORCoverChallenge mean for men in cardiothoracic surgery?
    • Pitt SC
    • J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 2017 Oct; 154(4): 1352-1353
    • [PubMed ID: 28781089]

All Publications on PubMed