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Stephen Y Nakada, MD, FACS

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UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building
1685 Highland Ave
MADISON, WI 53705-2281

Stephen Y Nakada, MD, FACS

Chairman, Department of Urology
The David T. Uehling Chair of Urology


  • MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1988
  • Internship and Residency, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1989-1994
  • Fellowship, Endourology and Stone Disease, Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1994-1995

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Nakada is certified by the American Board of Urology. He is an internationally renowned expert in urinary stones disease (urolithiasis) and minimally invasive urology. In 1997, he performed and reported the first hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy, in the United States, using a sleeve. In 2001, he was named Chairman of Urology and the first David T. Uehling Chair and Professor of Urology.

In 2003, Dr. Nakada became the 15th Dornier/A.F.U.D. Award Winner for Innovative Research in Urology. He was the 2004 recipient of the Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Urological Association. Dr. Nakada has served on both the Staghorn Stone Guidelines Committee and the Distal Stones Guidelines Panel of the American Urological Association. He is listed in Best Doctors in America, Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors, and Madison Magazine’s Top Docs.

Dr. Nakada has authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific articles and 50 book chapters, and he has edited seven textbooks. He has served on the ABU/AUA Examination Committee as well as editorial boards for Urology, the Journal of Endourology and Urology Times. Dr. Nakada is the Secretary General of the Endourology Society and he is currently a member of the AUA Board of Directors, the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons, among other societies. Dr. Nakada is also a Trustee of the American Board of Urology.

Research Interests

Dr. Nakada’s research focuses on pathophysiology of the ureter and all aspects of urinary stone disease. His research is currently supported by the American Urologic Association.

Recent Publications
  • Penniston KL, Sninsky BC, Nakada SY. Preliminary Evidence of Decreased Disease-Specific Health-Related Quality of Life in Asymptomatic Stone Patients. J. Endourol. 2016 May; 30 Suppl 1():S42-5.
    [PubMed ID: 26864746]
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  • Streeper NM, Nakada SY, Wertheim ML, Best SL. Preliminary Evidence Suggests Periureteral Botulinum Toxin Type A Injection Improves Ureteral Stone Passage in the Porcine Model. J. Endourol. 2016 Mar; 30(3):327-31.
    [PubMed ID: 26560963]
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  • Lloyd GL, Lim A, Hamoui N, Nakada SY, Kielb SJ. The Use of Medical Expulsive Therapy During Pregnancy: A Worldwide Perspective Among Experts. J. Endourol. 2016 Mar; 30(3):354-8.
    [PubMed ID: 26482104]
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  • Penniston KL, Nakada SY. Treatment expectations and health-related quality of life in stone formers. Curr Opin Urol 2016 Jan; 26(1):50-5.
    [PubMed ID: 26626885]
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  • Preminger GM, Bell JR, Nakada SY. Medical Expulsive Therapy is Useful for Urinary Calculi. J. Urol. 2016 Mar; 195(3):554-6.
    [PubMed ID: 26690572]
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  • Blute ML, Zorn K, Grimes M, Shi F, Downs TM, Jarrard DF, Best SL, Richards K, Nakada SY, Abel EJ. Extreme Obesity Does Not Predict Poor Cancer Outcomes Following Surgery for Renal Cell Cancer. BJU Int. 2015 Nov 21.
    [PubMed ID: 26589741]
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  • Streeper NM, Radtke AC, Penniston KL, McDermott JC, Nakada SY. Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy in Patients With BMI >50: Single Surgeon Outcomes and Feasibility. Urology 2016 Jan; 87():33-9.
    [PubMed ID: 26456745]
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  • Sivalingam S, Streeper NM, Sehgal PD, Sninsky BC, Best SL, Nakada SY. Does Combination Therapy with Tamsulosin and Tolterodine Improve Ureteral Stent Discomfort Compared with Tamsulosin Alone? A Double-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Trial. J. Urol. 2016 Feb; 195(2):385-90.
    [PubMed ID: 26393904]
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  • Tepeler A, Sninsky BC, Nakada SY. Flexible ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy for upper urinary tract stone disease in patients with spinal cord injury. Urolithiasis 2015 Nov; 43(6):501-5.
    [PubMed ID: 25987450]
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  • Abel EJ, Heckman JE, Hinshaw L, Best S, Lubner M, Jarrard DF, Downs TM, Nakada SY, Lee FT, Huang W, Ziemlewicz T. Multi-Quadrant Biopsy Technique Improves Diagnostic Ability in Large Heterogeneous Renal Masses. J. Urol. 2015 Oct; 194(4):886-91.
    [PubMed ID: 25837535]
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