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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Best specializes in the surgical treatment of urologic malignancies and kidney stones. She has advanced training in endourology and minimally-invasive surgery, performs open and laparoscopic surgery including surgery using the daVinci robot. Dr Best's philosophy is to provide maximal quality-of-life to patients by using minimally-invasive approaches to treatment whenever appropriate.



UW Health Clinics

University Hospital
(608) 263-4757 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Urology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Urology

Endourology and Minimally Invasive Urology Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, 2009-2011

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (formerly UW Medical School), Madison, WI, 2003

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery for Urologic Disorders
  • Ureteroscopy

Dr. Best's research interests include minimally-invasive surgery, including the use of special cameras to study kidney cancer and the effects of surgery.

PubMed Articles
Maciolek KA Jarrard DF Abel EJ Best SL . Systematic Assessment Reveals Lack of Understandability for Prostate Biopsy Online Patient Education Materials. Urology. 2017 Aug 2;
[PubMed ID: 28780302]
Klapperich ME Abel EJ Ziemlewicz TJ Best S Lubner MG Nakada SY Hinshaw JL Brace CL Lee FT Jr 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]
Wells SA Wong VK Wittmann TA Lubner MG Best SL Ziemlewicz TJ Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr 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]
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]
Best SL Abel EJ . Editorial Comment. J Urol. 2017 May 17;
[PubMed ID: 28527306]
Best SL Blute M Jr Lane B Abel EJ . Surgical Treatment of 4-10 cm Renal-Cell Carcinoma: A Survey of the Lions and Gazelles. J Endourol. 2017 Apr;31(S1):S43-S47
[PubMed ID: 28326796]
Best SL . Editorial Comment for Jones et al. J Endourol. 2017 Apr;31(4):341
[PubMed ID: 28322584]
Richards KA Cesario S Lim AH Best SL Deeren SM Bushman W Safdar N . Utility of routine urinalysis and urine culture testing in an ambulatory urology clinic: a quality improvement initiative in a Veterans healthcare facility. Can J Urol. 2017 Feb;24(1):8627-8633
[PubMed ID: 28263127]
Grimes MD Blute ML Jr 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]
Blute ML Jr 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 after surgery for renal cell cancer. BJU Int. 2016 Sep;118(3):399-407
[PubMed ID: 26589741]
Best SL . Erastus B. Wolcott: A Pioneer in Renal Surgery and Frontier Medicine. Urology. 2016 Aug;94:3-6
[PubMed ID: 27196031]
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]
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]
Abel EJ Heckman JE Hinshaw L Best S Lubner M Jarrard DF Downs TM Nakada SY Lee FT Jr 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]
Prince J Bultman E Hinshaw L Drewry A Blute M Best S Lee FT Jr Ziemlewicz T Lubner M Shi F Nakada SY Abel EJ . Patient and tumor characteristics can predict nondiagnostic renal mass biopsy findings. J Urol. 2015 Jun;193(6):1899-904
[PubMed ID: 25498574]
Best SL Sivalingam S Penniston KL Nakada SY . Radiographic and laboratory data ("the Megaprofile") can accurately guide medical management in the absence of stone analysis. J Endourol. 2015 Mar;29(3):357-61
[PubMed ID: 25025627]
Moreland AJ Ziemlewicz TJ Best SL Hinshaw JL Lubner MG Alexander ML Brace CL Kitchin DR Hedican SP Nakada SY Lee FT Jr Abel EJ . High-powered microwave ablation of t1a renal cell carcinoma: safety and initial clinical evaluation. J Endourol. 2014 Sep;28(9):1046-52
[PubMed ID: 24846329]
Tracy CR Best S Bagrodia A Poindexter JR Adams-Huet B Sakhaee K Maalouf N Pak CY Pearle MS . Animal protein and the risk of kidney stones: a comparative metabolic study of animal protein sources. J Urol. 2014 Jul;192(1):137-41
[PubMed ID: 24518789]
Best SL Thapa A Jackson N Olweny E Holzer M Park S Wehner E Zuzak K Cadeddu JA . Renal oxygenation measurement during partial nephrectomy using hyperspectral imaging may predict acute postoperative renal function. J Endourol. 2013 Aug;27(8):1037-40
[PubMed ID: 23544949]
Best SL . Editorial comment. Urology. 2013 Feb;81(2):234; discussion 234-5
[PubMed ID: 23374765]