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David F. Schneider, MD, MS Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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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University Hospital
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UW Health at The American Center
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University Hospital
(608) 263-7502 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Hospital
(608) 263-7502 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

SwedishAmerican Medical Group - Renaissance Pavilion (Endocrine Surgery) (Rockford)
(779) 696-8700 |  Map

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
Aburjania Z Jang S Montemayor-Garcia C Lloyd RV Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H Elfenbein DM . Encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid cancer: are these tumors really benign? J Surg Res. 2017 Aug;216:138-142
[PubMed ID: 28807198]
Lowell AJ Bushman NM Wang X Ma Y Pitt SC Sippel RS Schneider DF Randle RW . Assessing the risk of hypercalcemic crisis in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. J Surg Res. 2017 Jul 12;
[PubMed ID: 28711370]
Lou I Chennell TB Schaefer SC Chen H Sippel RS Balentine C Schneider DF Moalem J . Optimizing Outpatient Pain Management After Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery: A Two-Institution Experience. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jul;24(7):1951-1957
[PubMed ID: 28160140]
Schneider DF Cherney Stafford LM Brys N Greenberg CC Balentine CJ Elfenbein DM Pitt SC . GAUGING THE EXTENT OF THYROIDECTOMY FOR INDETERMINATE THYROID NODULES: AN ONCOLOGIC PERSPECTIVE. Endocr Pract. 2017 Apr 2;23(4):442-450
[PubMed ID: 28095042]
Somnay YR Craven M McCoy KL Carty SE Wang TS Greenberg CC Schneider DF . Improving diagnostic recognition of primary hyperparathyroidism with machine learning. Surgery. 2017 Apr;161(4):1113-1121
[PubMed ID: 27989606]
Alhefdhi A Ahmad K Sippel R Chen H Schneider DF . Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Levels at 5 min Can Identify Multigland Disease. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Mar;24(3):733-738
[PubMed ID: 27743228]
Neuman HB Schumacher JR Schneider DF Winslow ER Busch RA Tucholka JL Smith MA Greenberg CC . Variation in the Types of Providers Participating in Breast Cancer Follow-Up Care: A SEER-Medicare Analysis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Mar;24(3):683-691
[PubMed ID: 27709403]
Lee CW Salem AI Schneider DF Leverson GE Tran TB Poultsides GA Postlewait LM Maithel SK Wang TS Hatzaras I Shenoy R Phay JE Shirley L Fields RC Jin LX Pawlik TM Prescott JD Sicklick JK Gad S Yopp AC Mansour JC Duh QY Seiser N Solorzano CC Kiernan CM Votanopoulos KI Levine EA Weber SM . Minimally Invasive Resection of Adrenocortical Carcinoma: a Multi-Institutional Study of 201 Patients. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Feb;21(2):352-362
[PubMed ID: 27770290]
Lou I Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H Elfenbein DM . The changing pattern of diagnosing primary hyperparathyroidism in young patients. Am J Surg. 2017 Jan;213(1):146-150
[PubMed ID: 27392754]
Randle RW Balentine CJ Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS . Selective Versus Non-selective α-Blockade Prior to Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy for Pheochromocytoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan;24(1):244-250
[PubMed ID: 27561909]
Lou I Balentine C Clarkson S Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H . How long should we follow patients after apparently curative parathyroidectomy? Surgery. 2017 Jan;161(1):54-61
[PubMed ID: 27863779]
Randle RW Balentine CJ Leverson GE Havlena JA Sippel RS Schneider DF Pitt SC . Trends in the presentation, treatment, and survival of patients with medullary thyroid cancer over the past 30 years. Surgery. 2017 Jan;161(1):137-146
[PubMed ID: 27842913]
Elfenbein DM Katz M Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS . Thyroidectomy for Graves' disease in children: Indications and complications. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Oct;51(10):1680-3
[PubMed ID: 27113266]
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 Sep;23(9):2874-82
[PubMed ID: 27138383]
Randle RW Balentine CJ Wendt E Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS . Should vitamin D deficiency be corrected before parathyroidectomy? J Surg Res. 2016 Jul;204(1):94-100
[PubMed ID: 27451873]
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]