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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 has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1998, and now regularly in 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 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 President of the Society of Academic Urologists, and President Elect of the Endourological Society and the ROCK Society (Research on Calculus Kinetics). He is currently Secretary/Treasurer 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, Nakada SY. Letter to the Editor. J. Endourol. 2017 Mar 17.
    [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 Jan 11; ():160592.
    [PubMed ID: 28076721]
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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. 2016 Nov 23.
    [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. 2016 Nov 08.
    [PubMed ID: 27717296]
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  • Jhagroo RA, Nakada SY, Penniston KL. Patients Attending Shared Medical Appointments for Metabolic Stone Prevention Have Decreased Stone Risk Factors. J. Endourol. 2016 Nov; 30(11):1262-1268.
    [PubMed ID: 27673722]
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  • Grimes MD, Blute ML, Wittmann TA, Mann MA, Zorn K, Downs TM, Shi F, Jarrard DF, Best SL, Richards KA, Nakada SY, Abel EJ. A Critical Analysis of Perioperative Outcomes in Morbidly Obese Patients Following Renal Mass Surgery. Urology 2016 Oct; 96():93-98.
    [PubMed ID: 27339026]
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  • Penniston KL, Wertheim ML, Nakada SY, Jhagroo RA. Factors associated with patient recall of individualized dietary recommendations for kidney stone prevention. Eur J Clin Nutr 2016 Sep; 70(9):1062-7.
    [PubMed ID: 27222155]
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