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Stephen Y Nakada, MD, FACS, FRCS(hon)

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

Stephen Y Nakada, MD, FACS, FRCS(hon)

The David T. Uehling Chair in Urology
Department 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 stone 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 the Division of Urology and the first David T. Uehling Chair and Professor of Urology. In 2008 he became the founding chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin and continues in that role today.

In 2003, Dr. Nakada became the 15th Dornier/A.F.U.D. Award Winner for Innovative Research in Urology and in 2004 he was awarded 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 and in 2017 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Urological Association. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1998, as well as Castle Connelly’s Top Doctors and Madison Magazine’s Top Docs.

Dr. Nakada has authored or coauthored more than 225 scientific articles and 50 book chapters and he has edited nine textbooks. He has served on the ABU/AUAExamination Committee and currently serves on the editorial boards of Urology, the Journal of Endourology and Urology Times. Dr. Nakada is currently a member of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons, among other societies. Dr. Nakada is the current President of the Society of Academic Urologists, the Endourological Society and the ROCK Society (Research on Calculus Kinetics). He is President-Elect 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
  • Bell JR, Penniston KL, Nakada SY. In Vitro Comparison of Stone Fragmentation When Using Various Settings with Modern Variable Pulse Holmium Lasers. J. Endourol. 2017 Jul 20.
    [PubMed ID: 28728505]
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  • Bell JR, Penniston KL, Nakada SY. In Vitro Comparison of Holmium Lasers: Evidence for Shorter Fragmentation Time and Decreased Retropulsion Using a Modern Variable-pulse Laser. Urology 2017 Jun 21.
    [PubMed ID: 28647563]
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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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  • Penniston KL, Nakada SY. Use of the WISQOL Questionnaire. J. Endourol. 2017 Apr; 31(4):420.
    [PubMed ID: 28306328]
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  • Jay R, 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. Abel EJ, Heckman JE, Hinshaw L, Best S, Lubner M, Jarrard DF, Downs TM, Nakada SY, Lee FT Jr, Huang W, Ziemlewicz T.J Urol. 2015 Oct;194(4):886-91. [Epub 2015 Mar 30]. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2015.03.106. Urol. Oncol. 2017 Mar; 35(3):119.
    [PubMed ID: 28159492]
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  • Canvasser NE, Alken P, Lipkin M, Nakada SY, Sodha HS, Tepeler A, Lotan Y. The economics of stone disease. World J Urol 2017 Jan 20.
    [PubMed ID: 28108799]
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  • Klapperich ME, Abel EJ, Ziemlewicz TJ, Best S, Lubner MG, Nakada SY, Hinshaw JL, Brace CL, Lee FT, Wells SA. Effect of Tumor Complexity and Technique on Efficacy and Complications after Percutaneous Microwave Ablation of Stage T1a Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Single-Center, Retrospective Study. Radiology 2017 Jul; 284(1):272-280.
    [PubMed ID: 28076721, PMCID: 5495130]
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  • Penniston KL, Patel SR, Schwahn DJ, Nakada SY. Studies using a porcine model: what insights into human calcium oxalate stone formation mechanisms has this model facilitated? Urolithiasis 2017 Feb; 45(1):109-125.
    [PubMed ID: 27904915]
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  • Penniston KL, Antonelli JA, Viprakasit DP, Averch TD, Sivalingam S, Sur RL, Pais VM, Chew BH, Bird VG, Nakada SY. Validation and Reliability of the Wisconsin Stone Quality of Life Questionnaire. J. Urol. 2017 May; 197(5):1280-1288.
    [PubMed ID: 27889419]
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  • Streeper NM, Wertheim ML, Nakada SY, Penniston KL. Cystine Stone Formers Have Impaired Health-Related Quality of Life Compared with Noncystine Stone Formers: A Case-Referent Study Piloting the Wisconsin Stone Quality of Life Questionnaire Among Patients with Cystine Stones. J. Endourol. 2017 Apr; 31(S1):S48-S53.
    [PubMed ID: 27717296]
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