Rebecca S. Sippel, MD Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Sippel is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is an active member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and serves as the Endocrine Surgery Fellowship Director. She specializes in endocrine surgery and surgical treatment of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. Dr. Sippel is an expert in parathyroid surgery and offers the latest in minimally invasive approaches for the treatment of hyperparathyroidism (minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy).
Dr. Sippel is also dedicated to the treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the thyroid such as thyroid cancer, Graves disease, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules and goiter and works closely with our endocrinologists in our multidisciplinary thyroid clinic to offer patients surgical treatment options for their thyroid conditions. She has a special interest in the treatment of primary and recurrent thyroid cancer and also has expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of adrenal disease (laparoscopic adrenalectomy) treating both functional (pheochromocytoma, aldosteronoma, Cushing’s syndrome) and non-functional lesions of the adrenal gland (adrenal adenoma, adrenal carcinoma).
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Professional Certifications and Education
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, Endocrine Surgery Research Lab, 2001-2003 Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery, University of California - San Francisco, CA, 2006-2007
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1999
Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.
Dr. Sippel conducts translational research at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research program investigates the development and treatment of endocrine tumors, with a special interest in thyroid cancer. She also conducts clinical research working on improving the care and outcomes of patients with endocrine tumors.
Oltmann SC Schneider DF Leverson G Sivashanmugam T Chen H Sippel RS .
Radioactive iodine remnant uptake after completion thyroidectomy: not such a complete cancer operation. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Apr;21(4):1379-83
[PubMed ID: 24378987]
Murray SE Lloyd RV Sippel RS Chen H Oltmann SC .
Postoperative surveillance of small appendiceal carcinoid tumors. Am J Surg. 2014 Mar;207(3):342-5
[PubMed ID: 24393285]
Schneider DF Mazeh H Chen H Sippel RS .
Predictors of recurrence in primary hyperparathyroidism: an analysis of 1386 cases. Ann Surg. 2014 Mar;259(3):563-8
[PubMed ID: 24263316]
Oltmann SC Leverson G Hsiu-I Lin S Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS .
Markedly elevated thyroglobulin levels in the preoperative thyroidectomy patient correlates with metastatic burden. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar;187(1):1-5
[PubMed ID: 24411304]
Coorough NE Schneider DF Rosen MW Sippel RS Chen H Schwarze ML Mazeh H .
A survey of preferences regarding surgical approach to thyroid surgery. World J Surg. 2014 Mar;38(3):696-703
[PubMed ID: 24366272]
Murray SE Pathak PR Schaefer SC Chen H Sippel RS .
Improvement of sleep disturbance and insomnia following parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg. 2014 Mar;38(3):542-8
[PubMed ID: 24142330]
Schneider DF Nookala R Jaraczewski TJ Chen H Solorzano CC Sippel RS .
Thyroidectomy as Primary Treatment Optimizes Body Mass Index in Patients with Hyperthyroidism. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Feb 13;
[PubMed ID: 24522995]
Elfenbein DM Sippel RS .
Prophylactic central neck dissection increases the cost of thyroid cancer care. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Feb;21(2):354-5
[PubMed ID: 24100961]
Carter Y Chen H Sippel RS .
An intact parathyroid hormone-based protocol for the prevention and treatment of symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy. J Surg Res. 2014 Jan;186(1):23-8
[PubMed ID: 24144426]
Carter Y Sippel RS Chen H .
Hypothyroidism after a cancer diagnosis: etiology, diagnosis, complications, and management. Oncologist. 2014 Jan;19(1):34-43
[PubMed ID: 24309982]
Schneider DF Burke JF Ojomo KA Clark N Mazeh H Sippel RS Chen H .
Multigland disease and slower decline in intraoperative PTH characterize mild primary hyperparathyroidism. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Dec;20(13):4205-11
[PubMed ID: 23943034]
Ahmed K Alhefdhi A Schneider DF Ojomo KA Sippel RS Chen H Mazeh H .
Minimal benefit to subsequent intraoperative parathyroid hormone testing after all four glands have been identified. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Dec;20(13):4200-4
[PubMed ID: 23943032]
Oltmann SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H .
Presentation, management, and outcomes of hyperparathyroidism in octogenarians and nonagenarians. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Dec;20(13):4195-9
[PubMed ID: 23943031]
Wang TS Sippel RS .
Expansion of endocrine surgery fellowships: if we increase the supply is there demand? Surgery. 2013 Dec;154(6):1470-2
[PubMed ID: 24238060]
Murray SE Pathak PR Pontes DS Schneider DF Schaefer SC Chen H Sippel RS .
Timing of symptom improvement after parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery. 2013 Dec;154(6):1463-9
[PubMed ID: 24238059]
Sippel RS .
Under-recognition of the benefits of parathyroidectomy leads to underdiagnosis of the disease. Surgery. 2013 Dec;154(6):1230-1
[PubMed ID: 24238046]
Campbell MJ McCoy KL Shen WT Carty SE Lubitz CC Moalem J Nehs M Holm T Greenblatt DY Press D Feng X Siperstein AE Mitmaker E Benay C Tabah R Oltmann SC Chen H Sippel RS Brekke A Vriens MR Lodewijk L Stephen AE Nagar S Angelos P Ghanem M Prescott JD Zeiger MA Aragon Han P Sturgeon C Elaraj DM Nixon IJ Patel SG Bayles SW Heneghan R Ochieng P Guerrero MA Ruan DT .
A multi-institutional international study of risk factors for hematoma after thyroidectomy. Surgery. 2013 Dec;154(6):1283-89; discussion 1289-91
[PubMed ID: 24206619]
Essig GF Jr Porter K Schneider D Debora A Lindsey SC Busonero G Fineberg D Fruci B Boelaert K Smit JW Meijer JA Duntas L Sharma N Costante G Filetti S Sippel RS Biondi B Topliss DJ Pacini F Maciel RM Walz PC Kloos RT .
Fine needle aspiration and medullary thyroid carcinoma: the risk of inadequate preoperative evaluation and initial surgery when relying upon FNAB cytology alone. Endocr Pract. 2013 Nov-Dec;19(6):920-7
[PubMed ID: 23757627]
Schneider DF Sippel RS .
Reply: To PMID 23318118. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Oct;217(4):753
[PubMed ID: 24054413]
Bessey LJ Lai NB Coorough NE Chen H Sippel RS .
The incidence of thyroid cancer by fine needle aspiration varies by age and gender. J Surg Res. 2013 Oct;184(2):761-5
[PubMed ID: 23623584]