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Dr. Schneider is certified by the American Board of Surgery, and he is a member of multiple specialty societies including the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American Thyroid Association, the North American NeuroEndocrine Tumor Society, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He specializes in endocrine surgery, treating diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. He utilizes several minimally invasive techniques to treat endocrine disorders (endoscopic thyroidectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, focused exploration for recurrent thyroid cancer).


Surgery (General)

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Regional Specialty Clinics

SwedishAmerican Medical Group - Renaissance Pavilion (Rockford)
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery

Endocrine Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Residency Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Medical School Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL, 2004

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.


Dr. Schneider conducts outcomes research in conjunction with the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Program (WiSOR). His research program investigates the optimization of cancer care in the United States with a particular interest in endocrine cancers. This work utilizes large national databases which can impact national healthcare and policy initiatives. He also conducts clinical research working on hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, Graves' Disease, and adrenal disorders.

PubMed Articles
Oltmann SC Alhefdhi AY Rajaei MH Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H . Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Medications Significantly Increase the Risk of Postoperative Hematoma: Review of over 4500 Thyroid and Parathyroid Procedures. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 May 2;
[PubMed ID: 27138383]
Elfenbein DM Katz M Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS . Thyroidectomy for Graves' disease in children: Indications and complications. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Apr 2;
[PubMed ID: 27113266]
Brekke A Elfenbein DM Madkhali T Schaefer SC Shumway C Chen H Schneider DF Sippel RS Balentine C . When patients call their surgeon's office: an opportunity to improve the quality of surgical care and prevent readmissions. Am J Surg. 2016 Mar;211(3):599-604
[PubMed ID: 26762830]
Tobin K Ayers RR Rajaei M Sippel RS Balentine CJ Elfenbein D Chen H Schneider DF . Use of the gamma probe to identify multigland disease in primary hyperparathyroidism. Int J Endocr Oncol. 2016 Feb;3(1):13-19
[PubMed ID: 27127604]
Elfenbein DM Schaefer S Shumway C Chen H Sippel RS Schneider DF . Prospective Intervention of a Novel Levothyroxine Dosing Protocol Based on Body Mass Index after Thyroidectomy. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Jan;222(1):83-8
[PubMed ID: 26584573]
Lou I Schneider DF Leverson G Foley D Sippel R Chen H . Parathyroidectomy is underused in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism after renal transplantation. Surgery. 2016 Jan;159(1):172-9
[PubMed ID: 26603850]
Schneider DF . Parathyroid Carcinoma: Is It Time for Change? Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Nov;22(12):3772-3
[PubMed ID: 26100817]
Oltmann SC Madkhali TM Sippel RS Chen H Schneider DF . Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes guidelines and parathyroidectomy for renal hyperparathyroidism. J Surg Res. 2015 Nov;199(1):115-20
[PubMed ID: 25982045]
Nankee L Chen H Schneider DF Sippel RS Elfenbein DM . Substernal goiter: when is a sternotomy required? J Surg Res. 2015 Nov;199(1):121-5
[PubMed ID: 25976851]
Lou I Foley D Odorico SK Leverson G Schneider DF Sippel R Chen H . How Well Does Renal Transplantation Cure Hyperparathyroidism? Ann Surg. 2015 Oct;262(4):653-9
[PubMed ID: 26366545]
Ayers RR Tobin K Sippel RS Balentine C Elfenbein D Chen H Schneider DF . Does levothyroxine administration impact parathyroid localization? J Surg Res. 2015 Oct;198(2):360-5
[PubMed ID: 25917998]
Lou I Schneider DF Leverson GE Sippel RS Chen H . Do additional imaging studies change operative management in patients undergoing adrenalectomy? Surgery. 2015 Oct;158(4):1003-9; discussion 1009-11
[PubMed ID: 26233809]
Ritter K Elfenbein D Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS . Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy: incidence and resolution. J Surg Res. 2015 Aug;197(2):348-53
[PubMed ID: 25982044]
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]
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]