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Stephen Y Nakada, MD, FACS, FRCS(Glasg.)

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Stephen Y Nakada, MD, FACS, FRCS(Glasg.)

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

Dr. Nakada featured in Endourology Sound Bites

Recent Publications
  • Bell JR, Posielski NM, Penniston KL, Lubner MG, Nakada SY, Pickhardt PJ. Clinical Evaluation of Automated Computer Software Compared to Manual Measurements for Urinary Stone Metrics. J. Endourol. 2018 Feb 21.
    [PubMed ID: 29466878]
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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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  • York NE, Borofsky MS, Chew BH, Dauw CA, Paterson RF, Denstedt JD, Razvi H, Nadler RB, Humphreys MR, Preminger GM, Nakada SY, Krambeck AE, Miller NL, Terry C, Rawlings LD, Lingeman JE. Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Three Different Modalities of Lithotrites for Intracorporeal Lithotripsy in Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy. J. Endourol. 2017 Nov; 31(11):1145-1151.
    [PubMed ID: 28859485]
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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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  • 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 Oct; 31(10):1067-1072.
    [PubMed ID: 28728505]
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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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  • 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 Sep; 107():37-42.
    [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 04; 31(4):420.
    [PubMed ID: 28306328]
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