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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Pitt is a board certified, fellowship trained endocrine surgeon. She specializes in treating benign and malignant diseases of the thyroid, parathyroids and adrenal glands. She employs multiple operative techniques, including minimally-invasive parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic adrenalectomy, and intraoperative parathyroid hormone testing. She is particularly interested in patients with indeterminate thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer and adrenal lesions (incidentalomas, functioning tumors, and adrenocortical cancer). She is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and the Association of Academic Surgery.


Surgery (General)

Adrenal Adenoma

Cancer Surgeons

Endocrine Cancer

Endocrine Surgery

Fine Needle Aspiration

Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy


Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

Modified Radical Neck Dissection

Substernal Goiter

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Nodule

Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal (Endocrine) Surgery



UW Health at The American Center
(608) 242-2888 | (844) 607-4800 | Map
UW Health at The American Center
(608) 242-2888 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery

Endocrine Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatopancreatobiliary, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO 

Residency Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
Medical School Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

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

Dr. Pitt's research is health services- and surgical outcomes-based. She has a special interest in the doctor-patient relationship involving surgical decision making - also called shared decision making - and ensuring that patients understand their disease, treatment, outcomes and expectations.

PubMed Articles
Dedhia PH Stoeckl EM McDow AD Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Long KL Outcomes after completion thyroidectomy versus total thyroidectomy for differentiated thyroid cancer: A single-center experience. J Surg Oncol . 2020 May 28;
[PubMed ID: 32468708]
Jensen CB Saucke MC Francis DO Voils CI Pitt SC From Overdiagnosis to Overtreatment of Low-Risk Thyroid Cancer: A Thematic Analysis of Attitudes and Beliefs of Endocrinologists, Surgeons, and Patients. Thyroid . 2020 May;30(5):696-703
[PubMed ID: 31910092]
Kirsch MJ Kohli MW Long KL Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Dedhia PH Utility of the 10 Hounsfield unit threshold for identifying adrenal adenomas: Can we improve? Am J Surg . 2020 Apr 21;
[PubMed ID: 32359690]
Larson AR Cawcutt KA Englander MJ Pitt SC Ansari E Liu HY Silver JK Representation of Women in Authorship and Dissemination of Analyses of Physician Compensation. JAMA Netw Open . 2020 Mar 2;3(3):e201330
[PubMed ID: 32196102]
Doubleday AR Novin S Long KL Schneider DF Sippel RS Pitt SC Online Information for Treatment for Low-Risk Thyroid Cancer: Assessment of Timeliness, Content, Quality, and Readability. J Cancer Educ . 2020 Feb 27;
[PubMed ID: 32108292]
Corsini EM Boeck M Hughes KA Logghe HJ Pitt SC Stamp N Antonoff MB Global Impact of Social Media on Women in Surgery. Am Surg . 2020 Feb 1;86(2):152-157
[PubMed ID: 32106909]
Erdahl LM Chandrabose RK Pitt SC Radford DM Strong SA Silver JK A Call for Professionalism: Addressing Gender Bias in Surgical Training. J Surg Educ . 2020 Jul - Aug;77(4):718-719
[PubMed ID: 32179031]
Pitt SC Wendt E Saucke MC Voils CI Orne J Macdonald CL Connor NP Sippel RS A Qualitative Analysis of the Preoperative Needs of Patients With Papillary Thyroid Cancer. J Surg Res . 2019 Dec;244:324-331
[PubMed ID: 31306889]
Chen SS Zaborek NA Doubleday AR Schaefer SC Long KL Pitt SC Sippel RS Schneider DF Optimizing Levothyroxine Dose Adjustment After Thyroidectomy With a Decision Tree. J Surg Res . 2019 Dec;244:102-106
[PubMed ID: 31279993]
McDow AD Shumway CM Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Long KL Utility of Early Postoperative Unstimulated Thyroglobulin in Influencing Decision Making in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol . 2019 Nov;26(12):4002-4007
[PubMed ID: 31267301]
Atruktsang TS Zaborek NA Imbus JR Long K Pitt SC Sippel RS Schneider DF Identifying Predictors of Prolonged Levothyroxine Dose Adjustment After Thyroidectomy. J Surg Res . 2019 Oct;242:166-171
[PubMed ID: 31078901]
McDow AD Pitt SC Extent of Surgery for Low-Risk Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Surg Clin North Am . 2019 Aug;99(4):599-610
[PubMed ID: 31255194]
Zaborek NA Cheng A Imbus JR Long KL Pitt SC Sippel RS Schneider DF The optimal dosing scheme for levothyroxine after thyroidectomy: A comprehensive comparison and evaluation. Surgery . 2019 Jan;165(1):92-98
[PubMed ID: 30413325]
Perez AA Schneider DF Long KL Pitt SC Sippel RS Timely Evaluation and Management of Primary Hyperparathyroidism in Patients With Kidney Stones. J Surg Res . 2018 Dec;232:564-569
[PubMed ID: 30463775]
Lewis JD Fane KE Ingraham AM Khan A Mills AM Pitt SC Ramo D Wu RI Pollart SM Expanding Opportunities for Professional Development: Utilization of Twitter by Early Career Women in Academic Medicine and Science. JMIR Med Educ . 2018 Jul 23;4(2):e11140
[PubMed ID: 30037788]
Randle RW Bates MF Schneider DF Sippel RS Pitt SC Survival in patients with medullary thyroid cancer after less than the recommended initial operation. J Surg Oncol . 2018 May;117(6):1211-1216
[PubMed ID: 29266278]
Bates MF Lamas MR Randle RW Long KL Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Back so soon? Is early recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer really just persistent disease? Surgery . 2018 Jan;163(1):118-123
[PubMed ID: 29128176]
Randle RW Bates MF Long KL Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Impact of potassium iodide on thyroidectomy for Graves' disease: Implications for safety and operative difficulty. Surgery . 2018 Jan;163(1):68-72
[PubMed ID: 29108701]
Imbus JR Randle RW Pitt SC Sippel RS Schneider DF Machine learning to identify multigland disease in primary hyperparathyroidism. J Surg Res . 2017 Nov;219:173-179
[PubMed ID: 29078878]
Price AK Randle RW Schneider DF Sippel RS Pitt SC Papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: decision-making, extent of surgery, and outcomes. J Surg Res . 2017 Oct;218:237-245
[PubMed ID: 28985856]