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).
UW Health Clinics
Regional Specialty Clinics
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
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
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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.
Elfenbein DM Schneider DF Havlena J Chen H Sippel RS .
Clinical and socioeconomic factors influence treatment decisions in graves' disease. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Apr;22(4):1196-9
[PubMed ID: 25245130]
Elfenbein DM Weber S Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H .
CaPTHUS Scoring Model in Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Can It Eliminate the Need for ioPTH Testing? Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Apr;22(4):1191-5
[PubMed ID: 25212837]
Sohn JA Oltmann SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H Elfenbein DM .
Is intraoperative parathyroid hormone testing in patients with renal insufficiency undergoing parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism accurate? Am J Surg. 2015 Mar;209(3):483-7
[PubMed ID: 25556028]
Rajaei MH Oltmann SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H .
Outcomes after subtotal parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism due to hyperplasia: significance of whole vs. partial gland remnant. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Mar;22(3):966-71
[PubMed ID: 25245126]
Oltmann SC Brekke AV Schneider DF Schaefer SC Chen H Sippel RS .
Preventing postoperative hypocalcemia in patients with Graves disease: a prospective study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Mar;22(3):952-8
[PubMed ID: 25212835]
Somnay YR Weinlander E Alfhefdi A Schneider D Sippel RS Chen H .
Radioguided parathyroidectomy for tertiary hyperparathyroidism. J Surg Res. 2015 Feb 19;
[PubMed ID: 25770735]
Oltmann SC Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS .
All thyroid ultrasound evaluations are not equal: sonographers specialized in thyroid cancer correctly label clinical N0 disease in well differentiated thyroid cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb;22(2):422-8
[PubMed ID: 25234019]
Rajaei MH Bentz AM Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H Oltmann SC .
Justified follow-up: a final intraoperative parathyroid hormone (ioPTH) Over 40 pg/mL is associated with an increased risk of persistence and recurrence in primary hyperparathyroidism. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb;22(2):454-9
[PubMed ID: 25192677]
Elfenbein DM Sippel RS McDonald R Watson T Scarborough JE Migaly J .
Faculty evaluations of resident medical knowledge: can they be used to predict American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination performance? Am J Surg. 2015 Jan 22;
[PubMed ID: 25686512]
Issa N Ladd AP Lidor AO Sippel RS Goldin SB .
Surgical subinternships: bridging the chiasm between medical school and residency: a position paper prepared by the Subcommittee for Surgery Subinternship and the Curriculum Committee of the Association for Surgical Education. Am J Surg. 2015 Jan;209(1):8-14
[PubMed ID: 25497437]
Schneider DF Elfenbein D Lloyd RV Chen H Sippel RS .
Lymph node metastases do not impact survival in follicular variant papillary thyroid cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jan;22(1):158-63
[PubMed ID: 25092163]
Schneider DF Sonderman PE Jones MF Ojomo KA Chen H Jaume JC Elson DF Perlman SB Sippel RS .
Failure of radioactive iodine in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec;21(13):4174-80
[PubMed ID: 25001092]
Hsu KT Sippel RS Chen H Schneider DF .
Is central lymph node dissection necessary for parathyroid carcinoma? Surgery. 2014 Dec;156(6):1336-41; discussion 1341
[PubMed ID: 25456903]
Somnay YR Weinlander E Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H .
The effect of cinacalcet on intraoperative findings in tertiary hyperparathyroidism patients undergoing parathyroidectomy. Surgery. 2014 Dec;156(6):1308-13; discussion 1313-4
[PubMed ID: 25456900]
Oltmann SC Brekke AV Macatangay JD Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS .
Surgeon and staff radiation exposure during radioguided parathyroidectomy at a high-volume institution. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Nov;21(12):3853-8
[PubMed ID: 24866439]
Schneider DF Mazeh H Oltmann SC Chen H Sippel RS .
Novel thyroidectomy difficulty scale correlates with operative times. World J Surg. 2014 Aug;38(8):1984-9
[PubMed ID: 24615607]
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 Jul;21(7):2303-9
[PubMed ID: 24522995]
Oltmann SC Rajaei MH Sippel RS Chen H Schneider DF .
Primary hyperparathyroidism across the ages: presentation and outcomes. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):185-90
[PubMed ID: 24801542]
Mok VM Oltmann SC Chen H Sippel RS Schneider DF .
Identifying predictors of a difficult thyroidectomy. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):157-63
[PubMed ID: 24750986]
Elfenbein DM Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS .
Surgical site infection after thyroidectomy: a rare but significant complication. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):170-6
[PubMed ID: 24739508]