Institution: 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: 1
Program Director:
Program Director Email:
Rebecca Sippel. M.D., FACS
Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:
Alex Scaffidi
Administrative Specialist
Address/Phone: K3/704 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 4 full-time endocrine surgeons: Dr. Rebecca Sippel, Dr. David Schneider, and Dr. Susan Pitt, 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. Depending on the applicants interest there is an opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary HPB clinic and in the care of patients with neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas as well.
International Medical Graduates: The funding for our fellowship depends upon the ability of our fellow to obtain full practice privileges at our institution. Therefore, it is a requirement for our fellow to be US board eligible for funding purposes (This includes most Canadian residencies). The applicants must also hold an H-1B visa.

We will consider applicants that are not US board eligible or they do not have an H-1B visa if they do not require salary support during their training. If you are a foreign medical graduate that is not US board eligible then please notify us that you are aware of this policy and will not require salary support.

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.
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Previous Fellows: Haggi Mazeh, M.D.
Endocrine and General Surgery
Department of Surgery
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, Israel 91240

David Schneider, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Endocrine Surgery Research
Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 53792

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

Dawn Elfenbein MD MPH
Clinical Instructor, Department of Surgery
Division of Surgery Oncology
University of California, Irvine
333 City Blvd West, Suite 1600 | Orange, CA 92868

Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH
Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham
1808 7th Avenue South | Suite 502
Birmingham, AL 35233