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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Chen earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a surgical oncology/endocrinology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and oncology center.


Dr. Chen is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in endocrine surgery, thyroid disease, hyperparathyroidism, adrenal tumors and neuroendocrine tumors. Dr. Chen is an expert in thyroid surgery (thyroidectomy, neck dissection), parathyroidectomy (minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy – MIRP), adrenalectomy (laparoscopic), minimally invasive endocrine surgery and treatment of carcinoids.


Cancer Surgery

Surgery (General)

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

Languages Spoken

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

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

General Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, Baltimore, MD, 1994-1997 Fellowship in Surgical Oncology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1998-2000

Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Internship Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Medical School Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2008-2013


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


Dr. Chen conducts basic science research at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. His research program investigates the development, progression, and treatment of endocrine tumors including gastrointestinal carcinoids, thyroid cancer, and pancreatic islet cell tumors.

PubMed Articles
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]
Schneider DF Mazeh H Oltmann SC Chen H Sippel RS . Novel Thyroidectomy Difficulty Scale Correlates with Operative Times. World J Surg. 2014 Mar 11;
[PubMed ID: 24615607]
Pathak PR Holden SE Schaefer SC Leverson G Chen H Sippel RS . Elevated parathyroid hormone after parathyroidectomy delays symptom improvement. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar 2;
[PubMed ID: 24685332]
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; discussion 345
[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 Lin SH 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]
Weinlander E Somnay Y Harrison AD Wang C Cheng YQ Jaskula-Sztul R Yu XM Chen H . The novel histone deacetylase inhibitor thailandepsin A inhibits anaplastic thyroid cancer growth. J Surg Res. 2014 Feb 28;
[PubMed ID: 24679699]
Alhefdhi A Schneider DF Sippel R Chen H . Recurrent and persistence primary hyperparathyroidism occurs more frequently in patients with double adenomas. J Surg Res. 2014 Feb 22;
[PubMed ID: 24656398]
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]
Carter YM Kunnimalaiyaan S Chen H Gamblin TC Kunnimalaiyaan M . Specific glycogen synthase kinase-3 inhibition reduces neuroendocrine markers and suppresses neuroblastoma cell growth. Cancer Biol Ther. 2014 Feb 12;15(5)
[PubMed ID: 24521712]
Patel PN Yu XM Jaskula-Sztul R Chen H . Hesperetin Activates the Notch1 Signaling Cascade, Causes Apoptosis, and Induces Cellular Differentiation in Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Jan 14;
[PubMed ID: 24419754]
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]
Witt DR Chen H Mielens JD McAvoy KE Zhang F Hoffman MR Jiang JJ . Detection of chronic laryngitis due to laryngopharyngeal reflux using color and texture analysis of laryngoscopic images. J Voice. 2014 Jan;28(1):98-105
[PubMed ID: 24314831]
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]
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]