Chair, Department of Urology
Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS

  • Urology
Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS


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 scientific 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.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Practice locations

    Education & credentials

    Board certifications
    • Urology
    Medical School
    • University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY
    • Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
    • University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
    • University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY


    Additional conditions and treatments
    • Adrenocortical Cancer
    • Bladder Stone Removal
    • Cystoscopy
    • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
    • Genitourinary Cancer (Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, Testicular)
    • Kidney Biopsy
    • Kidney Endoscopy
    • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
    • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy
    • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy
    • Radiofrequency Ablation
    • Uroflowmetry

    Research and publications

    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.