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Sara Best, MD

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UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building
MADISON, WI 53705-2281

Sara Best, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)


  • MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin, 2003
  • Endourology Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2004
  • Residency, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2009
  • Endourology and Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, 2011

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Best is certified by the American Board of Urology and specializes in minimally invasive surgical treatment of urologic cancers and stone disease. She has advanced training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney/ureter reconstruction. She also manages patients with kidney stones, including the full range of surgical therapies and medical management. She has a special interest in performing robotic partial nephrectomies for kidney cancer. Her philosophy is to try to get patients back to their “normal lives” as quickly as possible by using minimally invasive approaches whenever possible.

Research Interests

Dr. Best’s research interests lie in the study of kidney cancer and disease using optics, the development of new technology for minimally invasive surgery, and urinary stone disease.

Recent Publications
  • Maciolek KA, Abel EJ, Best SL, Emamekhoo H, Averill SL, Ziemlewicz TJ, Lubner MG, Hinshaw JL, Lee FT, Wells SA. Percutaneous microwave ablation for local control of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Abdom Radiol (NY) 2018 Feb 20.
    [PubMed ID: 29464274]
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  • Patel SR, Best SL, Nakada SY. M.L. Gannon: Pioneer in Urology. Urology 2017 Dec 26.
    [PubMed ID: 29287976]
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  • Maciolek KA, Best SL. A Race to Imaging Revolution: Pioneers in Fiber Optics. Urology 2017 Nov 07.
    [PubMed ID: 29126845]
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  • Miller BL, Mankowski Gettle L, Van Roo JR, Ziemlewicz TJ, Best SL, Wells SA, Lubner MG, Hinshaw JL, Lee FT, Nakada SY, Huang W, Abel EJ. Comparative Analysis of Surgery, Thermal Ablation, and Active Surveillance for Renal Oncocytic Neoplasms. Urology 2017 Oct 10.
    [PubMed ID: 29030073]
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  • Bell JR, Penniston KL, Best SL, Nakada SY. Prospective evaluation of flexible ureteroscopes with a novel evaluation tool. Can J Urol 2017 Oct; 24(5):9004-9010.
    [PubMed ID: 28971788]
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  • Maciolek KA, Jarrard DF, Abel EJ, Best SL. Systematic Assessment Reveals Lack of Understandability for Prostate Biopsy Online Patient Education Materials. Urology 2017 Nov; 109():101-106.
    [PubMed ID: 28780302]
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  • Lim AH, Streeper NM, Best SL, Penniston KL, Nakada SY. Clinical use of patient decision-making aids for stone patients. Can J Urol 2017 Aug; 24(4):8890-8894.
    [PubMed ID: 28832306]
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  • Wells SA, Wong VK, Wittmann TA, Lubner MG, Best SL, Ziemlewicz TJ, Hinshaw JL, Lee FT, Abel EJ. Renal mass biopsy and thermal ablation: should biopsy be performed before or during the ablation procedure? Abdom Radiol (NY) 2017 Jun; 42(6):1773-1780.
    [PubMed ID: 28184961]
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  • Bell JR, Penniston KL, Best SL, Nakada SY. A survey of patient preferences regarding medical expulsive therapy following the SUSPEND trial. Can J Urol 2017 Jun; 24(3):8827-8831.
    [PubMed ID: 28646938]
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  • Best SL, Abel EJ. Editorial Comment. J. Urol. 2017 Aug; 198(2):295.
    [PubMed ID: 28527306]
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