Message from the Chairman: Stephen Y. Nakada, MD

UW Health Urology Chairman Stephen Nakada, MDFor more than nine decades, the Urology Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has had the tradition of providing technologically advanced urologic care for the people of Wisconsin and beyond. Today, we retain the principles of the past and have moved our efforts toward providing state-of-the-art urologic care for present and future generations.


Our dynamic program focuses on cutting-edge surgical care for adult and pediatric urologic patients while conducting innovative research and training the next generation of academic urologists. Our Department consists of several specialties, including the Division of Pediatric Urology, Section of Urologic Oncology and Section of Endourology and Minimally Invasive Urology.


We have recruited nationally recognized surgeons and leaders in many urologic specialties and the Department includes 18 full-time faculty and an additional 50 full-time staff who support our mission of Innovative Research and Outstanding Care. Our urologists perform nearly 10,000 procedures and 2,500 major operations annually in both adult and pediatric urology. The Department is regularly ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s Top Hospitals in both adult and pediatric urology. In addition, a recent academic ranking by European Urology (2012) ranked the Department of Urology as a top 20 department in the United States. Finally, many of our doctors are ranked in U.S. News and World Report, Castle Connelly America’s Top Doctors, The Best Doctors in America and Madison Magazine’s Best Doctors in Madison.


The Department of Urology has a strong multidisciplinary approach to basic, clinical and translational research. This has led to novel treatment options in areas including urologic oncology, urolithiasis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, voiding dysfunction and infertility. Our commitment to scientific education has resulted in significant public health services grant funding, including National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense grants in urologic oncology and benign urology.


Translational research continues to be enhanced with a robust outcomes research program and quality of life program. We have a longstanding reputation for comprehensive training of urologic residents and fellows and the teaching of medical students. Our Department’s educational mission is to cultivate future leaders in urology and to provide medical students, urological residents and fellows with advanced exposure to cutting-edge urologic techniques, research and patient care. The development of the multidisciplinary simulation facility further enhances this opportunity for all of those involved.


As you read the pages of our report, please keep in mind our broad-based approach using specialized services that aim to provide state-of-the-art urologic care one patient at a time. I invite you to investigate all the details of our clinical expertise, clinical research programs and educational and training opportunities.


UW Health Urology Chairman Stephen Nakada, MD: Dr. Nakada's signature


Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS

Chairman, Department of Urology

The David T. Uehling Professor of Urology