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Joseph P. Hicks, MD

Joseph P. Hicks, MD

I am a native of Jackson, Georgia. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biology. I received my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where I also trained in General Urology. After my residency, I completed a Pediatric Urology fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. I moved to Huntsville in 1995. Here, I specialize in treating patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, who have congenital or acquired urologic conditions. I am certified by the American Board of Urology.

 


Joseph A. Pettus, MD

Joseph A. Pettus, MD

I am a native of Huntsville, Alabama. I went to Auburn University and graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1995. Following that, I went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham for medical school. I trained in General Urology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City before doing a Urologic Oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. I spent three years as Assistant Professor of Urology at Wake Forest University before moving home and joining North Alabama Urology. Here, I specialize in minimally invasive cancer surgery as well as general urology. My cancer care philosophy is geared toward a multidisciplinary approach with a clear understanding that treatment must be tailored to the individual patient.  I am certified by the American Board of Urology

 


Paul J. Zbell, MD

Paul J. Zbell, MD

I am a native of Trumbull, Connecticut. I received a degree in Biology and Genetics from Cornell University in 1987 before attending Baylor College of Medicine. I finished my General Urology training at Baylor in 1997 and then moved to Huntsville to join North Alabama Urology. Here, I have a special interest in Endoscopic Urology as well as General Urology. I am certified by the American Board of Urology.

 


Ryan D. Black, MD

Ryan D. Black, MD

I was born in Michigan and moved to the Nashville area as a child. I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2008. I attended medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, graduating in 2013. I completed my internship in surgery, and my residency in urology in Memphis as well, graduating in 2018. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three boys, running, and photography. I have an interest in general urology, endoscopic urology and robotic surgery. I am eligible for board certification by the American Board of Urology and passed my written board examination in July 2018.

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