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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, Meriter Hospital (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 School of Medicine, 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
Blute ML 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 Following Surgery for Renal Cell Cancer. BJU Int. 2015 Nov 21;
[PubMed ID: 26589741]
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. 2015 Nov 11;
[PubMed ID: 26560963]
Tepeler A Sninsky BC Nakada SY . Flexible ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy for upper urinary tract stone disease in patients with spinal cord injury. Urolithiasis. 2015 Nov;43(6):501-5
[PubMed ID: 25987450]
Lloyd G Lim A Hamoui N Nakada SY Kielb SJ . The Use of Medical Expulsive Therapy during Pregnancy: a Worldwide Perspective. J Endourol. 2015 Oct 20;
[PubMed ID: 26482104]
Streeper NM Radtke AC Penniston KL McDermott JC Nakada SY . Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy in Patients with BMI >50: Single Surgeon Outcomes and Feasibility. Urology. 2015 Oct 8;
[PubMed ID: 26456745]
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]
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. 2015 Sep 21;
[PubMed ID: 26393904]
Sivalingam S Stormont IM Nakada SY . Contemporary Practice Patterns in the Management of Acute Obstructing Ureteral Stones. J Endourol. 2015 Jun;29(6):736-40
[PubMed ID: 25608458]
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]
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]
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]