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About University Urology, PC

University Urology, PC is a professional group of urologic surgeons and staff dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality of urologic medical and surgical care.
Edward D. Kim

Edward D. Kim
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Sevierville - 1130 Middle Creek Road, Suite 130, Sevierville, TN 37862
LaFollette - 109 Independence Lane, LaFollette, TN 37766

Dr. Kim was born in Chicago and received both his bachelor's degree in medicine and his M.D. degree from Northwestern University. He completed a fellowship in male reproductive medicine and surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He was also named a research scholar by the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, also at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kim has an active interest in infertility, male erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer. He is a leader in the surgical technique of nerve grafting during radical prostatectomy for preservation of potency.
W. Bedford Waters

W. Bedford Waters
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Turkey Creek - 11440 Parkside Drive S-202, Knoxville, TN 37934

W. Bedford Waters, MD is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Director of the Urology Residency Program, and a partner of University Urology, PC.
He received an undergraduate degree in chemistry/pre-medical from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, 1970, and a medical degree from that same institution in 1974, the second African-American to graduate from Vanderbilt Medical School. He completed his internship and one year residency in general surgery at the University of California, San Diego 1974-1976, followed by urologic training at the Harvard Program in Urology (Longwood Area) in Boston, Massachusetts 1976-1980. After residency, Dr. Waters became an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the University of Illinois in Chicago. One year later, he jointed the faculty at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, where he remained for twenty years. He joined the staff at The University of Tennessee Medical Center in 2001, where he is Professor and Chief, Division of Urology and Program Director.
Dr. Waters has trained 64 residents in his academic career. Dr. Waters has authored over 75 peer reviewed manuscripts, 18 book chapters, and given over 170 presentations at local, national, and international meetings. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award June 2016 from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine.
Dr. Waters has extensive experience in the treatment of urologic cancers, focusing on renal cancer, testis cancer, bladder cancer and urinary diversion. He has served as a leader of many regional and national organizations. He has served as a member of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Urology, Inc (1995-1999). Dr. Waters is involved in the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, and was member of the Mid-South Division Board of Directors 2009-2012. He has been active in promoting early prostate cancer detection in the African-American community.
He is a Trustee Emeritus of the American Board of Urology, Inc., serving as President 2008-2009, Secretary-Treasurer, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Recertification Committee, and Representative to the American College of Surgeons while serving on the American Board of Urology from 2003-2009. Dr. Waters finished a three-year term (2009-2012) as Chairman of the Maintenance of Certification Committee of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Waters was elected as an active member of the prestigious American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons in 2008 (the first African-American to be elected to this prestigious society). He was elected as a Fellow at the April 2013 meeting. He was elected as a physician member to the University Health Systems, Inc. Board of Directors July 2015. He was recently elected as President-Elect Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors 2016-2018.
Wesley M. White

Wesley M. White
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Turkey Creek - 11440 Parkside Drive S-202, Knoxville, TN 37934
New Tazewell - 309 N. Broad Street, New Tazewell, TN 37825

Dr. White is a native of Knoxville and attended the University of Tennessee.  After graduating from UT in 1999 in the College Scholars Program, he attended medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis where he graduated in 2003 with Highest Honors.  Dr. White returned to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he completed his internship in general surgery and his residency in urology from 2003-2008.  He subsequently completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio (2008-2009).  Dr. White joined University Urology in 2009.  He currently serves as the Director of Laparoscopic and Robotic Urologic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville as well as Associate Program Director of the urology residency program.  
Dr. White’s primary clinical interests include minimally invasive urologic oncology, specifically prostate cancer and kidney cancer.  Dr. White has one of the largest experiences in the nation performing laparoscopic and robotic surgery for kidney cancer (robotic partial nephrectomy).  He is a recognized international expert on the subject, having been invited to lecture and perform live surgery in Japan, China, and Italy, among other locations.  He is a frequent invited lecturer and visiting professor on the subject of robotic surgery and has served as faculty at multiple teaching courses.  Dr. White has authored over 75 original research articles and has written numerous textbook chapters on the subject of robotics and other subjects and sits on the Editorial Board of UROLOGY as Deputy Editor of the Section of Laparoscopy and Robotics.
In addition to his expertise and experience within the field of surgical robotics, Dr. White has a particular interest in the nuanced and personalized management of prostate cancer.  He frequently employs genomic testing, multiparametric MRI of the prostate, and other emerging technologies in an effort to tailor the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer to the ‘individual.’    
Dr. White is a member of the American Urological Association and the Society of Urologic Oncology.  
He is married to Dr. Nikki Zite and has two sons, Jackson and Grayson.  
Ryan B. Pickens

Ryan B. Pickens
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Halls - 4005 Fountain Valley Drive, Suite 350, Knoxville, TN 37918
Clinton - 2681 Andersonville Highway, Suite 102 & 103 (Rivers Professional Building), Clinton, TN 37716
Dr. Pickens was born and raised in Murray, Kentucky. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville College of Medicine. He completed his internship in general surgery and urologic training at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He then completed a two-year urologic fellowship in Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Pickens is also trained in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic) for the treatment of benign and malignant urologic diseases. He performs robotic pyeloplasties for UPJ obstruction as well as robotic ureteral reimplants and Boari Flaps for ureteral stricture disease. He is very involved with the University of Tennessee Transplant Program and performs laparoscopic nephrectomies for those wishing to donate their kidney.
Dr. Pickens’ main interests are in the surgical and medical management of kidney stone disease and BPH.  Dr. Pickens performs the region's largest number of PCNLs for large kidney stones and a national leader in the newest procedure mini PCNL for medium to large kidney stones.  For large prostates he performs Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) and Robotic Simple Prostatectomy.  He is also trained in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotic) for the treatment of benign and malignant urologic diseases.
Rebecca Lavelle

Rebecca Lavelle
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Turkey Creek - 11440 Parkside Drive S-202, Knoxville, TN 37934

Dr. Lavelle was raised in northern Michigan (the Upper Peninsula) and received her bachelor's degree in Microbiology from University of Michigan and medical degree from Michigan State University. She completed her internship in General Surgery at Brigham Women's Hospital and Urologic Surgery Residency at the Harvard Program in Urology in Boston, Massachusetts. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Lavelle's main interests are in the medical and surgical management of overactive bladder and neurogenic bladder (spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and stroke), utilizing innovative approaches such as bladder Botox and neuromodulation. She is also interested in providing conservative therapy and surgical management for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. She is also trained in the management of genitourinary fistula, urethral diverticulum, and complications of transvaginal mesh procedures. She is an active member of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction. She joined the Knoxville community with her husband, Dr. John Lavelle (Interventional Spine Physician at Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinic) and 3 children (John, Thomas, and Elizabeth).
James M. Bienvenu

James M. Bienvenu
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Athens - 719 Cook Drive, Suite 105, Athens, TN 37303

Dr. Bienvenu was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, he attended medical school at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He then completed his general surgery internship and residency training in urology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Robotics and Urologic Oncology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dr. Bienvenu's main interest include the diagnosis and treatment of all types of urologic malignancies. His is trained in both open and minimally invasive surgical techniques, and has trained extensively on the da Vinci® Surgical System in the treatment of kidney, bladder, prostate, and adrenal cancers. He is an active member of the American Urological Association. He is an avid outdoorsman and resides in Knoxville with his wife, Danielle, a physical therapist, and their daughter.
John M. Lacy

John M. Lacy
Medical Doctor

Practice Locations

UT Medical Center - 1928 Alcoa Highway, MOB B Suite 222, Knoxville, TN 37920
Lenoir City - 5779 Creekwood Park Blvd, Lenoir City, TN 37772
Crossville - 57 West Adams St, Crossville, TN 38555
John M. Lacy, M.D. - Dr. Lacy was raised in Clarkesville, Georgia and received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina and completed a research fellowship focused on cardiac tissue remodeling at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston before receiving his medical degree from that same institution. He subsequently completed his surgical internship and urology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Following residency, he took a clinical fellowship position in Male Genitourinary Reconstruction and Prosthetics at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio before joining University Urology.
Dr. Lacy's primary clinical interests are male urethral reconstruction, male stress urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, genital reconstruction after trauma or infection, treatment of adults with congenital urologic disorders, rectourethral fistula, cancer survivorship, urinary diversion after cystectomy, penile cancer and Peyronie's disease as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and kidney stones.