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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. He is listed in Best Doctors in America, Castle Connelly's Top Doctors, and Madison Magazine's Top Docs. 


Dr. Nakada has authored or coauthored 250 scientfic articles and he has edited 9 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 Past President of the Endourology Society and the American Board of Urology.  He is currently a member of the the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons, among other societies. 



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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
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 School of Medicine, Rochester, NY

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. 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
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 Jan 22;
[PubMed ID: 31968995]
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]
Witthaus MW Patel SR Erturk ES Nakada SY Rabinowitz R Stones, Space, and Dr. Abraham T. K. Cockett: A History of Urolithiasis and Aerospace Medicine. Urology . 2019 Dec 5;
[PubMed ID: 31812579]
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]
Narang GL Wiener LE Penniston KL Antonelli JA Averch TD Sivalingam S Chew BH Bird VG Pais VM Jr Sur RL Chi T Streeper NM Nakada SY Koch GG Viprakasit DP The effect of travel distance on health-related quality of life for patients with nephrolithiasis. Can Urol Assoc J . 2019 Nov 5;
[PubMed ID: 31702546]
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 1;45(5):366-371
[PubMed ID: 31509509]
Stern KL Gao T Antonelli JA Viprakasit DP Averch TD Chi T Chew BH Bird VG Pais VM Jr Streeper NM Sur RL Nakada SY Penniston KL Sivalingam S Association of Patient Age and Gender with Kidney Stone Related Quality of Life. J Urol . 2019 Aug;202(2):309-313
[PubMed ID: 31026215]
Sninsky BC Flamiatos JF Nakada SY The end of "Cutting for Stone"? Using the lithoclast trilogy for cystolitholapaxy on a 4 cm bladder stone per urethra. Urol Case Rep . 2019 Sep;26:100964
[PubMed ID: 31338304]
Ahmad TR Tzou DT Usawachintachit M Reliford-Titus S Wu C Goodman J Antonelli JA Viprakasit DP Averch TD Sivalingam S Chew BH Bird VG Pais VM Jr Streeper NM Sur RL Nakada SY Penniston KL Chi T Low Income and Nonwhite Race are Strongly Associated with Worse Quality of Life in Patients with Nephrolithiasis. J Urol . 2019 Jul;202(1):119-124
[PubMed ID: 30865567]
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]
Planz VB Posielski NM Lubner MG Li K Chen GH Nakada SY Pickhardt PJ Ultra-low-dose limited renal CT for volumetric stone surveillance: advantages over standard unenhanced CT. Abdom Radiol (NY) . 2019 Jan;44(1):227-233
[PubMed ID: 30073402]
Raffin EP Penniston KL Antonelli JA Viprakasit DP Averch TD Bird VG Chew BH Sivalingam S Sur RL Nakada SY Pais VM Jr The Effect of Thiazide and Potassium Citrate Use on the Health Related Quality of Life of Patients with Urolithiasis. J Urol . 2018 Dec;200(6):1290-1294
[PubMed ID: 29913138]
Bell JR Posielski NM Penniston KL Lubner MG Nakada SY Pickhardt PJ Automated Computer Software Compared with Manual Measurements for CT-Based Urinary Stone Metrics: An Evaluation Study. J Endourol . 2018 May;32(5):455-461
[PubMed ID: 29466878]
Penniston KL Nakada SY Updates in the Metabolic Management of Calcium Stones. Curr Urol Rep . 2018 Apr 16;19(6):41
[PubMed ID: 29663088]
Patel SR Best SL Nakada SY M.L. Gannon: Pioneer in Urology. Urology . 2018 Mar;113:10-12
[PubMed ID: 29287976]
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]
York NE Borofsky MS Chew BH Dauw CA Paterson RF Denstedt JD Razvi H Nadler RB Humphreys MR Preminger GM Nakada SY Krambeck AE Miller NL Terry C Rawlings LD Lingeman JE Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Three Different Modalities of Lithotrites for Intracorporeal Lithotripsy in Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy. J Endourol . 2017 Nov;31(11):1145-1151
[PubMed ID: 28859485]
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]