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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.


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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

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. 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 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]
Rajaei MH Oltmann SC Adkisson CD Elfenbein DM Chen H Carty SE McCoy KL . Is intraoperative parathyroid hormone monitoring necessary with ipsilateral parathyroid gland visualization during anticipated unilateral exploration for primary hyperparathyroidism: A two-institution analysis of more than 2,000 patients. Surgery. 2014 Oct;156(4):760-8
[PubMed ID: 25239313]
Hsu KT Yu XM Audhya AW Jaume JC Lloyd RV Miyamoto S Prolla TA Chen H . Novel Approaches in Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Therapy. Oncologist. 2014 Sep 26;
[PubMed ID: 25260367]
Elfenbein DM Schneider DF Havlena J Chen H Sippel RS . Clinical and Socioeconomic Factors Influence Treatment Decisions in Graves' Disease. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Sep 23;
[PubMed ID: 25245130]
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. 2014 Sep 23;
[PubMed ID: 25245126]
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. 2014 Sep 19;
[PubMed ID: 25234019]
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. 2014 Sep 12;
[PubMed ID: 25212837]
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. 2014 Sep 12;
[PubMed ID: 25212835]
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. 2014 Sep 6;
[PubMed ID: 25192677]
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. 2014 Aug 5;
[PubMed ID: 25092163]
Hardin H Guo Z Shan W Montemayor-Garcia C Asioli S Yu XM Harrison AD Chen H Lloyd RV . The roles of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition marker PRRX1 and miR-146b-5p in papillary thyroid carcinoma progression. Am J Pathol. 2014 Aug;184(8):2342-54
[PubMed ID: 24946010]
Weiss DM Chen H . Role of cervical ultrasound in detecting thyroid pathology in primary hyperparathyroidism. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug;190(2):575-8
[PubMed ID: 24739507]
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 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 Jul 8;
[PubMed ID: 25001092]
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]
Singhal S Sippel RS Chen H Schneider DF . Distinguishing classical papillary thyroid microcancers from follicular-variant microcancers. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):151-6
[PubMed ID: 24735716]
Pathak PR Holden SE Schaefer SC Leverson G Chen H Sippel RS . Elevated parathyroid hormone after parathyroidectomy delays symptom improvement. J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):119-25
[PubMed ID: 24685332]