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
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.
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]
Mazeh H Sippel RS .
Aggressiveness in familial nonmedullary thyroid carcinoma-the controversy continues. Thyroid. 2014 Apr;24(4):783-4
[PubMed ID: 24660808]
Elfenbein DM Schneider DF Chen H Sippel RS .
Surgical site infection after thyroidectomy: a rare but significant complication. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar 19;
[PubMed ID: 24739508]
Singhal S Sippel RS Chen H Schneider DF .
Distinguishing classical papillary thyroid microcancers from follicular-variant microcancers. J Surg Res. 2014 Mar 19;
[PubMed ID: 24735716]
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]
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]
Elfenbein DM Sippel RS .
Prophylactic central neck dissection increases the cost of thyroid cancer care. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Feb;21(2):354-5
[PubMed ID: 24100961]
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]
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]
Wang TS Sippel RS .
Expansion of endocrine surgery fellowships: if we increase the supply is there demand? Surgery. 2013 Dec;154(6):1470-2
[PubMed ID: 24238060]