Faculty: Matthew Bultitude, MD, Kristina Penniston, MD and Kymora Scotland, MD

Moderator:  Sara Best, MD

Matthew Bultitude, MD

Matthew Bultitude is a consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London. He is Clinical Director for transplantation, nephrology and urology. He previously undertook a fellowship at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and has a special interest in the management of stone disease and cystinuria. He has published widely on stone disease and won several prizes for this work. He previously wrote his thesis on “The effect of flexible ureteroscopy on renal function”. He is an editor for the classic textbook ‘Browse’s Symptoms and Signs of Surgical Disease’. He has been an invited speaker at many international conferences and meetings including BAUS, EAU, AUA, WCE and SIU. He has taught on courses at BAUS, EAU, AUA and the WCE on stone disease, hands-on-ureteroscopy and PCNL, metabolic stone management and social media. He has held the post of Senior Secretary of the Urology Section of The Royal Society of Medicine and was Associate Editor for the BJUI for 9 years. He currently sits on the data and social media committees for the Endourological Society.


Kristina Penniston, MD

Kris Penniston is a scientist and registered dietitian nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Penniston earned a PhD in nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a dietetic residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Penniston has provided clinical nutrition services to patients with kidney stones and other urologic diseases for >20 years. Her work focuses on prevention of kidney stones. She is specifically interested in developing and testing dietary interventions that prevent recurrent stones; promoting patients' self-efficacy in managing their stone disease; and understanding and improving patients’ health-related quality of life. She was the primary developer of the Wisconsin Stone Quality of Life questionnaire (WISQOL), a stone-specific instrument to assess patients' health-related quality of life. Dr. Penniston leads the North American Stone Quality of Life consortium, a clinical research collaboration comprised of 17 urology centers in the US and Canada, the primary aims of which are to test and validate the WISQOL and understand how kidney stones affects patients’ health-related quality of life. Dr. Penniston is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA) and is a former AUA research scholar (2008-2010). She currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer for the Research on Calculus Kinetics (ROCK) Society.


Kymora Scotland, MD

Dr. Scotland is Assistant Professor and Chief of Endourology Research at UCLA. She earned her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University  and her doctorate at the Tri-Institutional Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering MD-PhD Program. She then completed her urology residency at Thomas Jefferson University and an endourology fellowship at the University of British Columbia. 

Dr. Scotland’s clinical interests include the treatment of kidney stones, benign prostatic hyperplasia and upper tract urothelial carcinoma. Her basic research at UCLA investigates stone pathogenesis and the physiology of peristalsis. She has a particular clinical research interest in developing techniques aimed at improving quality of life for nephrolithiasis patients and has focused recent work on patient engagement with medical management regimens. She is the President of the Collaborative for Research in Endourology (CoRE), an international group of endourologists focused on developing innovative solutions to the care of kidney stone patients.


Sara L Best, MD

Sara L Best, MD is an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. She completed a fellowship in Minimally-Invasive Urology and Stone Disease at the University of Texas Southwestern and serves as co-director of the Endourology Fellowship Program in Wisconsin.