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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)

Surgical Oncology

Adrenal Adenoma

Cancer Surgeons

Endocrine Cancer

Endocrine Surgery - Specialists

Fine Needle Aspiration

Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy


Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy

Modified Radical Neck Dissection

Substernal Goiter

Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Nodule

Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal (Endocrine) Surgery



University Hospital
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UW Health at The American Center
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University Hospital
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University Hospital
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UW Carbone Cancer Center
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UW Health at The American Center
(608) 440-6300 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
UnityPoint Health - Meriter
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial

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
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 . 2018 Nov 6;
[PubMed ID: 30413325]
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]
Pitt SC What does #NYerORCoverChallenge mean for men in cardiothoracic surgery? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg . 2017 Oct;154(4):1352-1353
[PubMed ID: 28781089]
Lowell AJ Bushman NM Wang X Ma Y Pitt SC Sippel RS Schneider DF Randle RW Assessing the risk of hypercalcemic crisis in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. J Surg Res . 2017 Sep;217:252-257
[PubMed ID: 28711370]
Randle RW Bushman NM Orne J Balentine CJ Wendt E Saucke M Pitt SC Macdonald CL Connor NP Sippel RS Papillary Thyroid Cancer: The Good and Bad of the "Good Cancer". Thyroid . 2017 Jul;27(7):902-907
[PubMed ID: 28510505]
Schneider DF Cherney Stafford LM Brys N Greenberg CC Balentine CJ Elfenbein DM Pitt SC GAUGING THE EXTENT OF THYROIDECTOMY FOR INDETERMINATE THYROID NODULES: AN ONCOLOGIC PERSPECTIVE. Endocr Pract . 2017 Apr 2;23(4):442-450
[PubMed ID: 28095042]
Beane JD House MG Pitt SC Zarzaur B Kilbane EM Hall BL Riall TS Pitt HA Pancreatoduodenectomy with venous or arterial resection: a NSQIP propensity score analysis. HPB (Oxford) . 2017 Mar;19(3):254-263
[PubMed ID: 28038967]
Randle RW Balentine CJ Pitt SC Schneider DF Sippel RS Selective Versus Non-selective α-Blockade Prior to Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy for Pheochromocytoma. Ann Surg Oncol . 2017 Jan;24(1):244-250
[PubMed ID: 27561909]
Pitt SC Lubitz CC Editorial: Complex decision making in thyroid cancer: Costs and consequences-is less more? Surgery . 2017 Jan;161(1):134-136
[PubMed ID: 27855971]
Randle RW Balentine CJ Leverson GE Havlena JA Sippel RS Schneider DF Pitt SC Trends in the presentation, treatment, and survival of patients with medullary thyroid cancer over the past 30 years. Surgery . 2017 Jan;161(1):137-146
[PubMed ID: 27842913]
Pitt SC Hernandez RA Nehs MA Gawande AA Moore FD Jr Ruan DT Cho NL Identification of Novel Oncogenic Mutations in Thyroid Cancer. J Am Coll Surg . 2016 Jun;222(6):1036-1043.e2
[PubMed ID: 27010584]
Beane JD House MG Pitt SC Kilbane EM Hall BL Parmar AD Riall TS Pitt HA Distal pancreatectomy with celiac axis resection: what are the added risks? HPB (Oxford) . 2015 Sep;17(9):777-84
[PubMed ID: 26201994]
Pitt SC Jin LX Hall BL Strasberg SM Pitt HA Incidental gallbladder cancer at cholecystectomy: when should the surgeon be suspicious? Ann Surg . 2014 Jul;260(1):128-33
[PubMed ID: 24509205]
Pitt SC Vachharajani N Doyle MB Lowell JA Chapman WC Anderson CD Shenoy S Wellen JR Organ allocation in pediatric renal transplants: is there an optimal donor? Clin Transplant . 2013 Nov-Dec;27(6):938-44
[PubMed ID: 24224847]
Reinhardt SW Jin LX Pitt SC Earl TM Chapman WC Doyle MB Bouveret's syndrome complicated by classic gallstone ileus: progression of disease or iatrogenic? J Gastrointest Surg . 2013 Nov;17(11):2020-4
[PubMed ID: 24018589]