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).
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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 Fellowship in 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
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.
Shepet K Alhefdhi A Usedom R Sippel R Chen H .
Parathyroid cryopreservation after parathyroidectomy: a worthwhile practice? Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Jul;20(7):2256-60
[PubMed ID: 23504122]
Essig GF Porter K Schneider D Debora A Lindsey SC Busonero G Fineberg D Fruci B Boelaert K Smit JW Meijer JA Duntas L Sharma N Costante G Filetti S Sippel RS Biondi B Topliss DJ Pacini F Maciel RM Walz PC Kloos RT .
Fine Needle Aspiration and Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma: The Risk of Inadequate Preoperative Evaluation and Initial Surgery when Relying Upon FNAB Cytology Alone. Endocr Pract. 2013 Jun 11;:1-27
[PubMed ID: 23757627]
Mazeh H Sippel RS .
Familial nonmedullary thyroid carcinoma. Thyroid. 2013 Jun 4;
[PubMed ID: 23734600]
Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS .
Impact of lymph node ratio on survival in papillary thyroid cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Jun;20(6):1906-11
[PubMed ID: 23263904]
Murray SE Schneider DF Bauer PS Sippel RS Chen H .
Synchronous and antecedent nonthyroidal malignancies in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Jun;216(6):1174-80
[PubMed ID: 23522438]
Bauer PS Murray S Clark N Pontes DS Sippel RS Chen H .
Unilateral thyroidectomy for the treatment of benign multinodular goiter. J Surg Res. 2013 May 11;
[PubMed ID: 23688788]
Clark N Schneider DF Vrabec S Bauer PS Chen H Sippel RS .
Increased efficiency of endocrine procedures performed in an ambulatory operating room. J Surg Res. 2013 May 9;
[PubMed ID: 23702288]
Vrabec S Oltmann SC Clark N Chen H Sippel RS .
A short-stay unit for thyroidectomy patients increases discharge efficiency. J Surg Res. 2013 May 9;
[PubMed ID: 23688791]
Schneider DF Ojomo KA Mazeh H Oltmann SC Sippel RS Chen H .
Significance of rebounding parathyroid hormone levels during parathyroidectomy. J Surg Res. 2013 May 3;
[PubMed ID: 23669749]
Shepet K Alhefdhi A Lai N Mazeh H Sippel R Chen H .
Hereditary medullary thyroid cancer: age-appropriate thyroidectomy improves disease-free survival. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 May;20(5):1451-5
[PubMed ID: 23188542]
Kunz PL Reidy-Lagunes D Anthony LB Bertino EM Brendtro K Chan JA Chen H Jensen RT Kim MK Klimstra DS Kulke MH Liu EH Metz DC Phan AT Sippel RS Strosberg JR Yao JC .
Consensus guidelines for the management and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors. Pancreas. 2013 May;42(4):557-77
[PubMed ID: 23591432]
Panneerselvan R Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H .
Radioactive iodine scanning is not beneficial but its use persists for euthyroid patients. J Surg Res. 2013 Apr 17;
[PubMed ID: 23623585]
Bessey LJ Lai NB Coorough NE Chen H Sippel RS .
The incidence of thyroid cancer by f ine needle aspiration varies by age and gender. J Surg Res. 2013 Apr 17;
[PubMed ID: 23623584]
Smith JJ Chen X Schneider DF Nookala R Broome JT Sippel RS Chen H Solorzano CC .
Toxic nodular goiter and cancer: a compelling case for thyroidectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Apr;20(4):1336-40
[PubMed ID: 23108556]
Smith JJ Chen X Schneider DF Broome JT Sippel RS Chen H Solórzano CC .
Cancer after thyroidectomy: a multi-institutional experience with 1,523 patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Apr;216(4):571-7; discussion 577-9
[PubMed ID: 23403140]
Yu XM Schneider DF Leverson G Chen H Sippel RS .
Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma is a Unique Clinical Entity: A Population-Based Study of 10,740 Cases. Thyroid. 2013 Mar 12;
[PubMed ID: 23477346]
Coorough N Hudak K Jaume JC Buehler D Selvaggi S Rivas J Sippel R Chen H .
Nondiagnostic fine-needle aspirations of the thyroid: is the risk of malignancy higher? J Surg Res. 2013 Mar 4;
[PubMed ID: 23490138]
Burke JF Naraharisetty K Schneider DF Sippel RS Chen H .
Early-phase technetium-99m sestamibi scintigraphy can improve preoperative localization in primary hyperparathyroidism. Am J Surg. 2013 Mar;205(3):269-73; discussion 273
[PubMed ID: 23351511]
Ojomo KA Schneider DF Reiher AE Lai N Schaefer S Chen H Sippel RS .
Using body mass index to predict optimal thyroid dosing after thyroidectomy. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Mar;216(3):454-60
[PubMed ID: 23318118]
Schneider DF Ojomo KA Chen H Sippel RS .
REMNANT UPTAKE AS A POSTOPERATIVE ONCOLOGIC QUALITY INDICATOR. Thyroid. 2013 Feb 1;
[PubMed ID: 23373869]
Mazeh H Chen H Leverson G Sippel RS .
Creation of a "Wisconsin index" nomogram to predict the likelihood of additional hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands during parathyroidectomy. Ann Surg. 2013 Jan;257(1):138-41
[PubMed ID: 22801087]