University of Wisconsin - Madison



University of Wisconsin - Madison

Duration of Fellowship:

1 year clinical fellowship with the option of doing an additional year of research with independent practice.

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
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Assistant Program Director:
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Rebecca Sippel. M.D., FACS
[email protected]

Kristin Long, M.D., MPH
[email protected]

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Michaela Gombar
Program Coordinator
[email protected]


H4/722 Clinical Science Center
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-7375

Phone: 608-263-1387

Objectives of the Program:

To train a surgeon in the clinical care and operative management of patients with endocrine disease including disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and GI neuroendocrine system.

To develop surgeons who are engaged in academic pursuits in endocrine surgery and can become leaders in the field.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

We have a busy clinical practice with 5 full-time endocrine surgeons: Dr. Rebecca Sippel, Dr. David Schneider, Dr. Dawn Elfenbein, and Dr. Kristin Long. We perform over >700 endocrine operations a year. Recent fellows have completed between 300-350 cases with extensive exposure in parathyroidectomy (~150, including minimally invasive approaches, radioguided parathyroidectomy, reoperative surgery), thyroidectomy for both benign and malignant disease, central and lateral neck dissections (~30-40), and laparoscopic adrenalectomy (~20). In addition, fellows will develop expertise in neck ultrasound and recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring. The fellow will be engaged in the multidisciplinary care of the patient with endocrine disease and will have the opportunity to work with experts in endocrine pathology, nuclear imaging, and medical endocrinology. We have an active multidisciplinary clinic and run a monthly multidisciplinary conference. An endocrine teaching conference is also held weekly. We have a robust endocrine surgery research program which provides outstanding research opportunities for a fellow to establish their academic career. We expect the fellow to be actively engaged in clinical research as part of their training. Our research group is supported by departmental statisticians, a database manager, a clinical trials office, and an IRB coordinator. For applicants interested in pursuing additional research training/mentorship in basic, clinical, or health services research, there are a wealth of opportunities available within our department, WISOR (Wisconsin Institute for Surgical Outcomes Research), and ICTR (Institute for Clinical and Translational Research). As a clinical instructor, the fellow will also be actively engaged in the clinical instruction of general surgery residents and medical students.

With regards to their NET experience, our fellows have the opportunity to participate in approximately 5 NET cases of evaluation and diagnosis with 1 or 2 (if interested) operative NET cases each year. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in multi-disciplinary MD Surgical Oncology Tumor Board weekly which includes discussions of NET patients. Fellows participate when NET patients are presented and as often as interested. Our program would not be able to offer opportunities for more robust NET exposure during the fellowship. Since the university also offers a Surgical Oncology Fellowship, there is minimal opportunity for operative experience with NET/pancreas cases. If an applicant is interested, the university could explore a combined surgical oncology/endocrine fellowship over 2 years.

International Medical Graduates -  our program is able to accept a fellow who:

holds an immigrant visa, H1-B visa

Fellow must be American Board of Surgery eligible or certified:


Fellow must obtain a full (unrestricted) state license:

Yes - Wisconsin

Special Considerations:

Fellows have the opportunity to moonlight during both the first and second year. During the first year this is typically general surgery call on nights and weekends that is reimbursed on a per call basis.

For the second year fellow they can do the moonlighting call, but can also cover elective general surgery and endocrine cases at the VA hospital to supplement their salary.

Our AAES Endocrine Surgery Fellow is hired as a "Clinical Instructor" and NOT considered part of a GME-sponsored program.

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Previous Fellows:

Haggi Mazeh, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Surgery
Endocrine and General Surgery
Department of Surgery
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, Israel 91240
[email protected]

David Schneider, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Endocrine Surgery Research
Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin
600 Highland Ave
Madison, Wisconsin 53792
[email protected]

Sarah Oltmann, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Endocrine Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital
NSQIP Champion
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75390-8548
[email protected]

Dawn Elfenbein MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Endocrine Surgery
University of Wisconsin
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792
[email protected]

Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Southwestern & Dallas VA Hospital
Co-Director, UT Southwestern Center for Outcomes, Implementation, and Novel Interventions (S-COIN)
4500 S. Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216
[email protected]

Reese Randle, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Wake Forest
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
[email protected]

Maria F. Bates, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
1 Medical Center Dr, Lebanon, NH 03766
[email protected]

Alexandria McDow, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
Indiana University
545 Barnhill Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
[email protected]

Priya Dedhia, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210