Ryan B. Pickens, MD

Urologist, Assistant Professor

Avid golfer, traveler, family man and loves a great joke.

Ryan B. Pickens, MD

About Me

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken:
French, English

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Dr. Ryan Pickens was born and raised in Murray, Kentucky. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville, College of Medicine in Lousiville, KY. He completed his internship in general surgery and residency in urologic training at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN. After residency, he completed a two-year urologic fellowship in Endourology and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Clinical Focus:
Kidney Stones, trouble urinating, kidney cancer, BPH, vieteral obstuction, erectile dysfunction Dr Picken's clinical focuses are in the surgical, medical management of kidney stone disease, BPH He performs minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic, robotic), robotic pyeloplasties for UPJ obstruction as well as robotic uretal reimplants, BOARI Flaps for ureteral stricture disease Dr Pickens performs the largest number of PNCLs in the region, is a national leader in the new procedure mini PCNL for kidney stones He is very involved with the University of Tennessee Transplant Program, performs laparoscopic nephrectomies for those withing to donate their kidney Dr Pickens now does Aquablation which is a novel technique for BPH which eliminates side effect from older options He is considered one of the top 20 surgeons for this surgery


Education & Credentials


University of Louisville, College of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky


General Surgery, University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, Tennessee


Urology, University of Tennessee, Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, Tennessee


Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Board Certifications

American Board of Urology

Organizations & Societies

American College of Surgeons American Medical Association American Urological Association Endourological Society Kentucky Medical Association

I enjoy providing high quality care to patients who live in this region who may not know they can receive it.
— Ryan B. Pickens

Where I See Patients

University Urology

1928 Alcoa Hwy, Medical Bldg B Ste 222Knoxville, TN 37920-1504

Phone: (865) 305-9254

Fax: (865) 305-4589

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