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Chair, Department of Urology
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Nakada is certified by the American Board of Urology. He is an internationally renowned expert in urinary stones disease (urolithiasis) and urologic laparoscopy. 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 has also been named 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 and will Chair the Surgical Stone Guidelines Panel in 2013. He is currently 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 scientfic articles and 50 book chapters, and he has edited four 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.



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Urology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Urology
Fellowship Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
Residency University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Internship University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Medical School University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1988


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Best Doctors® in America 2011

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.


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.

PubMed Articles
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]
Sninsky BC Nakada SY Penniston KL . Does socioeconomic status, age, or gender influence appointment attendance and completion of 24-hour urine collections? Urology. 2015 Mar;85(3):568-73
[PubMed ID: 25733267]
Patel SR Nakada SY . The modern history and evolution of percutaneous nephrolithotomy. J Endourol. 2015 Feb;29(2):153-7
[PubMed ID: 25093997]
Penniston KL Nakada SY . Editorial comment for PĂ©rez-Fentes et al. J Endourol. 2015 Jan;29(1):17-8
[PubMed ID: 25192392]
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. 2014 Dec 11;
[PubMed ID: 25498574]
Tepeler A Sehgal PD Akman T Unsal A Ozyuvali E Armagan A Nakada SY . Factors affecting outcomes of percutaneous nephrolithotomy in horseshoe kidneys. Urology. 2014 Dec;84(6):1290-4
[PubMed ID: 25304208]
Sninsky BC Jhagroo RA Astor BC Nakada SY . Do multiple ureteroscopies alter long-term renal function? A study using estimated glomerular filtration rate. J Endourol. 2014 Nov;28(11):1295-8
[PubMed ID: 24915495]
Pooler BD Lubner MG Kim DH Ryckman EM Sivalingam S Tang J Nakada SY Chen GH Pickhardt PJ . Prospective trial of the detection of urolithiasis on ultralow dose (sub mSv) noncontrast computerized tomography: direct comparison against routine low dose reference standard. J Urol. 2014 Nov;192(5):1433-9
[PubMed ID: 24859440]
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]
Wertheim ML Nakada SY Penniston KL . Current practice patterns of urologists providing nutrition recommendations to patients with kidney stones. J Endourol. 2014 Sep;28(9):1127-31
[PubMed ID: 24846196]
Sninsky BC Sehgal PD Hinshaw JL McDermott JC Nakada SY . Expanding endourology for biliary stone disease: the efficacy of intracorporeal lithotripsy on refractory biliary calculi. J Endourol. 2014 Jul;28(7):877-80
[PubMed ID: 24617771]
Downs TM Rayford W Davis DE Nakada SY . Richard Francis Jones--opening doors and diversifying the urologic workforce: a pioneer in the training of African urologic surgeons in North America. Urology. 2014 Jun;83(6):1213-6
[PubMed ID: 24751189]
Sivalingam S Cannon ST Nakada SY . Current practices in percutaneous nephrolithotomy among endourologists. J Endourol. 2014 May;28(5):524-7
[PubMed ID: 24367974]
Patel SR Wagner LE Lubner MG Nakada SY . Radiopacity and hounsfield attenuation of cystine urolithiasis: case series and review of the literature. J Endourol. 2014 Apr;28(4):472-5
[PubMed ID: 24228639]
Sivalingam S Nakada SY Sehgal PD Crenshaw TD Penniston KL . Dietary hydroxyproline induced calcium oxalate lithiasis and associated renal injury in the porcine model. J Endourol. 2013 Dec;27(12):1493-8
[PubMed ID: 24219634]
Jhagroo RA Nakada SY Penniston KL . Shared medical appointments for patients with kidney stones new to medical management decrease appointment wait time and increase patient knowledge. J Urol. 2013 Nov;190(5):1778-84
[PubMed ID: 23707453]
Sivalingam S Nakada SY Sehgal PD Crenshaw TD Penniston KL . Dietary hydroxyproline induced calcium oxalate lithiasis and associated renal injury in the porcine model. J Endourol. 2013 Sep 20;
[PubMed ID: 24053137]
Patel SR Nakada SY . Standing on the shoulders of giants: teaching the history of urology. Urology. 2013 Jun;81(6):1131-4
[PubMed ID: 23726439]
Sivalingam S Nakada SY . Contemporary minimally invasive treatment options for renal angiomyolipomas. Curr Urol Rep. 2013 Apr;14(2):147-53
[PubMed ID: 23378161]
Penniston KL Nakada SY . Development of an instrument to assess the health related quality of life of kidney stone formers. J Urol. 2013 Mar;189(3):921-30
[PubMed ID: 23017521]