|UNIVERSITY UROLOGY, PC PHYSICIANS|
Edward D. Kim
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
Dr. W. Bedford Waters was born and raised in Knoxville,
TN. He is a professor in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery
at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville and a partner
of University Urology, P.C. He received an undergraduate degree in
chemistry/pre-medicine from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee
in 1970 and a medical degree from that same institution in 1974. 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,
IL. One year later, he joined the faculty at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, where he remained for twenty years.
Wesley M. White
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, Memphis. He graduated from the
UT College of Medicine in 2003 with Highest Honors. He then completed his surgical
internship and urology residency training at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (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.
Ryan B. Pickens
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’ main interests are in the surgical and medical management of kidney stone disease and BPH, including Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP).He specializes in percutaneous management of kidney stones (PCNLs) and does over a 100 per year here at UTMCK. Dr. Pickens is performing the newest techniques of this procedure to minimize post-operative pain (tubeless and stentless PCNLs) and need for secondary procedures.
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. 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
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, 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.