A nationally-recognized training program with a core mission to train the next generation of urologists.

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Innovative Research. World-Class Teaching. Outstanding Care.

The Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin is a leading academic program offering comprehensive multidisciplinary urologic care in conjunction with innovative research, teaching, and learning opportunities. Our program was recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Hospitals rankings as “High Performing” – or among the top 6 percent of all rated programs. A majority of our fellowship-trained faculty have been represented in Best Doctors® in America, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, and Madison Magazine Top Doctors.

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Latest News from UW Urology

Pioneering Bladder Cancer Research in Humans and their Canine Companions

May 13, 2024 – Urologic oncologist Kyle Richards, MD, FACS, of the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) and Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, are collaborating on a groundbreaking research study titled “Non-Tobacco, Non-Occupational Chemical Exposures and Bladder Cancer Risk across Socioeconomic Strata.” Using a novel, dual-species approach, Drs. Richards and Trepanier are examining environmental exposures in both humans and dogs to two chemicals, acrolein and inorganic arsenic, to learn if there is an association between those exposures and bladder cancer risk.

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Dr. Stephen Nakada to become AUA President at Annual Meeting in San Antonio

April 29, 2024 – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Urology Department Chair Dr. Stephen Nakada will formally assume the role of American Urological Association (AUA) President at the conclusion of the 2024 AUA Annual Meeting.

One of only a few urologists who have served as both president of the American Board of Urology (2018) and the AUA, he looks forward to formally beginning his term as AUA President in May 2024.

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Department of Urology Events

Upcoming Event

Robert F. Schnoes Lecture – June 4, 2024

Daniel Lin, MD, MS
Professor and Chief of Urologic Oncology
Department of Urology
Director of the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research
Pritt Family Endowed Chair in Prostate Cancer Research
University of Washington

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Recent Event

Uehling-Wear Lecture – September 13, 2023

Victor W. Nitti, MD
Professor of Urology & Obstetrics & Gynecology
Shlomo Raz Chair in Urology
Chief, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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Scheduled Conferences

The Department of Urology hosts both a City-Wide Urology Grand Rounds on Wednesdays from 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. as well as a University of Wisconsin Urology  Conference on Wednesdays from 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Both conferences are currently being held through WebEx due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Uehling-Wear Lecture Series

Dr. David T. Uehling was born and raised outside Chicago, and completed his urology training at Northwestern. Following a successful stint as a fellow at Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital, he joined the staff at the University of Wisconsin in 1965. Clinically, Dr. Uehling developed a statewide practice in pediatric urology, and has served the children of Wisconsin admirably for 40 years.

Throughout his career, Dr. Uehling distinguished himself in research, with continuous NIHfunding in the treatment of urinary tract infections. In 1983, Dr. Uehling assumed the chair of the Division of Urology at UW-Madison, and has grown the program into one of national standing. Upon stepping down as chairman in 2001, Dr. Uehling continues to serve the Department of Urology as an Emeritus Professor. Dr. Uehling has impacted the lives of many patients, urologists and scientists throughout the world. This meeting in his honor is a small way to emphasize all of his accomplishments.

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Dr. David Paolone Men's Health Visiting Professorship

Thanks to a generous gift by faculty member David R. Paolone, MD, the University of Wisconsin Department of Urology established the Dr. David Paolone Lecture Series in Men’s Health Visiting Professorship.

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Charles and Margaret Lescrenier Lectureship

Margaret (Peggy) Lescrenier

Charles (Les) and Margaret (Peggy) Lescrenier and Gammex established this endowment in 2010 to support an annual lectureship in the Department of Urology focused on an area of urologic disease. According to Peggy, “Charles’ life was saved in 2002 by surgery to remove a cancerous kidney. Dr. Stephen Nakada was the surgeon and Charles lauded him for saving his life.”

Charles Lescrenier was a radiological physicist, teacher and researcher whose academic career was marked by positions at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Yale University, the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, Marquette University and the University of Chicago Medical School. Charles was a Fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American College of Radiology and an honorary member of the American College of Medical Physics. He founded Gammex in 1969 to manufacture a device he invented to align medical imaging equipment using lasers. Charles earned 16 patents over the years and started several companies with Peggy. They have served an extensive list of professional and community organizations by giving their time and as philanthropists with a focus on medical research. Charles died peacefully on May 7, 2011. Peggy still serves on the Department of Urology Advisory Board and remains active as a philanthropist and advocate.

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Robert F. Schnoes Lecture Series

Robert (Bob) and Dolores (Jinx) Schnoes

Robert (Bob) and Dolores (Jinx) Schnoes owned Ultrasonic Power Corporation for 27 years. Their company developed, manufactured and sold precision ultrasonic washing equipment to global customers in industries such as aerospace, medical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. Bob and Jinx were pleased with the outstanding care UW Health provided for Bob and they wanted to make a gift that would help others. In 2006, they established this endowment to provide a margin of excellence through incremental funding for innovative urologic research. Their hope was that this research would provide insights into urologic diseases and treatments, and help find new ways to identify and eliminate cancer cells.

The Robert F. Schnoes Lecture Series Fund was established through a generous donation by Bob and Jinx Schnoes. The income from this fund supports an annual lecture by a visiting professor with expertise in an area of urologic cancer treatment or research. Thanks to this endowment, the Department is able to host nationally prominent clinicians and researchers who share the latest cancer knowledge with UW faculty, residents and medical students.

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Education and Training

The UW Department of Urology is a nationally recognized program with a core mission to train the next generation of urologists. The faculty, residents and support staff remain committed to achieving the highest standards of residency education.

Our Team

Our department has a dedicated and experienced team working to ensure the best possible patient care every day while remaining focused on identifying new treatments and cures for current and future generations.


UW Urology is home to research programs investigating mechanisms of disease, translating discoveries in the laboratory to clinical trials, and making experimental treatments available to our patients with complex and challenging conditions.

Our Mission

The University of Wisconsin Department of Urology is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive, patient-centered care for adult and pediatric patients in Wisconsin and the region.

We conduct innovative research while building knowledge and improving care through extramurally funded research programs in basic, translational and clinical science.

We train the next generation of urologists through educational programs for medical students, residents and fellows.