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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.



Adult Kidney Stones

Bladder Cancer

Endoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery for Urologic Disorders

Kidney Cancer

Prostate Cancer



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

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Urology

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Urology

Endourology and Minimally Invasive Urology, 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

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

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
Johnson BA Best SL Nakada SY Tracy CR Steinberg RL Thomas L Marien T Miller N Kolitz E Cohen A Pearle MS Lotan Y Antonelli JA Initial results from the M-STONE group: A Multi-center collaboration to Study Treatment Outcomes in Nephrolithiasis Evaluation. J Endourol . 2020 Jul 13;
[PubMed ID: 32660266]
Dresner SL Iremashvili V Best SL Hedican SP Nakada SY Influence of Lower Pole Infundibulopelvic Angle on Success of Retrograde Flexible Ureteroscopy and Laser Lithotripsy for the Treatment of Renal Stones. J Endourol . 2020 Jun;34(6):655-660
[PubMed ID: 31968995]
Quarrier SO Best SL EDITORIAL COMMENT. Urology . 2020 Mar;137:44
[PubMed ID: 32115071]
Shapiro DD Wells SA Best SL Hedican SP Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Jarrard DF Richards KA Downs TM Allen GO Nakada SY Abel EJ Comparing Outcomes for Patients with Clinical T1b Renal Cell Carcinoma Treated With Either Percutaneous Microwave Ablation or Surgery. Urology . 2020 Jan;135:88-94
[PubMed ID: 31585198]
Dreyfuss LD Wells SA Best SL Hedican SP Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Nakada SY Abel EJ Development of a Risk-stratified Approach for Follow-up Imaging After Percutaneous Thermal Ablation of Sporadic Stage One Renal Cell Carcinoma. Urology . 2019 Dec;134:148-153
[PubMed ID: 31465794]
Iremashvili V Li S Best SL Hedican SP Nakada SY Clinical and demographic predictors of repeat stone surgery. BJU Int . 2019 Nov;124(5):836-841
[PubMed ID: 31166648]
Öztürk M McDermott JC Laeseke PF Nakada SY Hedican SP Best SL Kleedehn MG Management of Indiana pouch stones through a percutaneous approach: A single center experience. Turk J Urol . 2019 Sep;45(5):366-371
[PubMed ID: 31509509]
Iremashvili V Li S Penniston KL Best SL Hedican SP Nakada SY External Validation of the Recurrence of Kidney Stone Nomogram in a Surgical Cohort. J Endourol . 2019 Jun;33(6):475-479
[PubMed ID: 30880452]
Posielski NM Bui A Wells SA Best SL Gettle LM Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Allen GO Nakada SY Abel EJ Risk Factors for Complications and Nondiagnostic Results following 1,155 Consecutive Percutaneous Core Renal Mass Biopsies. J Urol . 2019 Jun;201(6):1080-1087
[PubMed ID: 30741848]
Maciolek KA Best SL AUTHOR REPLY. Urology . 2019 Jun;128:13
[PubMed ID: 31101299]
Maciolek KA Best SL How Do Astronauts Urinate? The History of Innovations Enabling Voiding in the Void. Urology . 2019 Jun;128:8-13
[PubMed ID: 30822481]
Best SL Liu Y Keikhosravi A Drifka CR Woo KM Mehta GS Altwegg M Thimm TN Houlihan M Bredfeldt JS Abel EJ Huang W Eliceiri KW Collagen organization of renal cell carcinoma differs between low and high grade tumors. BMC Cancer . 2019 May 23;19(1):490
[PubMed ID: 31122202]
Richards KA Cesario S Best SL Deeren SM Bushman W Safdar N Reflex urine culture testing in an ambulatory urology clinic: Implications for antibiotic stewardship in urology. Int J Urol . 2019 Jan;26(1):69-74
[PubMed ID: 30221416]
Patel SR Best SL Rabinowitz R Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Examination. Am J Med . 2018 Nov;131(11):1270-1271
[PubMed ID: 29864413]
Maciolek KA Abel EJ Best SL Emamekhoo H Averill SL Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Wells SA Percutaneous microwave ablation for local control of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2018 Sep;43(9):2446-2454
[PubMed ID: 29464274]
Maciolek KA Penniston KL Jhagroo RA Best SL Successful Diabetic Control as Measured by Hemoglobin A1c Is Associated with Lower Urine Risk Factors for Uric Acid Calculi. J Endourol . 2018 Aug;32(8):771-776
[PubMed ID: 29896970]
Maciolek KA Best SL Lopez V Posielski N Knoedler M Bushman WA Jarrard DF Downs TM Abel EJ Richards KA Effectiveness of a transrectal prostate needle biopsy protocol with risk-tailored antimicrobials in a veterans cohort. Urol Oncol . 2018 Aug;36(8):363.e13-363.e20
[PubMed ID: 29887242]
Patel SR Best SL Nakada SY M.L. Gannon: Pioneer in Urology. Urology . 2018 Mar;113:10-12
[PubMed ID: 29287976]
Friedlander JI Antonelli JA Canvasser NE Morgan MSC Mollengarden D Best S Pearle MS Do Urinary Cystine Parameters Predict Clinical Stone Activity? J Urol . 2018 Feb;199(2):495-499
[PubMed ID: 28916274]
Maciolek KA Best SL A Race to Imaging Revolution: Pioneers in Fiber Optics. Urology . 2018 Feb;112:52-55
[PubMed ID: 29126845]