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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

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
UnityPoint Health - Meriter
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial

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
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]
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 . 2018 Sep 16;
[PubMed ID: 30221416]
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]
Miller BL Mankowski Gettle L Van Roo JR Ziemlewicz TJ Best SL Wells SA Lubner MG Hinshaw JL Lee FT Jr Nakada SY Huang W Abel EJ Comparative Analysis of Surgery, Thermal Ablation, and Active Surveillance for Renal Oncocytic Neoplasms. Urology . 2018 Feb;112:92-97
[PubMed ID: 29030073]
Maciolek KA Jarrard DF Abel EJ Best SL Systematic Assessment Reveals Lack of Understandability for Prostate Biopsy Online Patient Education Materials. Urology . 2017 Nov;109:101-106
[PubMed ID: 28780302]
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]
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]
Best SL Abel EJ Editorial Comment. J Urol . 2017 Aug;198(2):295
[PubMed ID: 28527306]
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 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]