Our Physicians

The physicians at University General Surgeons, P.C. are board-certified, fellowship trained surgeons competent in today’s modern diagnostics, treatments, procedures and equipment.

Brian J. Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSP

Dr. Brian James Daley, M.D. graduated with his medical degree in 1986 from the Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA. He completed his Internship in General Surgery at Charity and Tulane Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, LA. He completed a General Surgery Residency at both Tulane Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, LA as well as Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Columbia University, Cooperstown, NY where he served as senior and chief resident. Dr. Daley received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 1999. He also has advanced fellowship training from:

NIH Research Fellow, Department of Orthopedics
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Hyperalimentation and Clinical Fellow in Surgery
New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Trauma Fellow
Southern New Jersey Regional Trauma Center, Cooper Hospital, University Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine – UMDNJ, Camden, NJ

Fellow in Surgical Critical Care
Department of Surgery, Cooper Hospital, University Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine – UMDNJ, Camden, NJ

Dr. Daley is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care as well as the National Board of Nutritional Support as a Certified Nutritional Support Physician. He currently serves as a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma & Critical Care Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Todd A. Nickloes, DO, FACOS, FACS

Dr. Todd A. Nickloes earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 from Ohio University, Athens, OH. He completed both his Internship and his General Surgery Residency training at Ohio University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Nickloes completed his fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Tennessee in 2000.

Dr. Nickloes is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and is also Board Certified in Surgical Critical Care. He is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Program Director for Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Dana A. Taylor, MD, FACS

Dr. Dana A. Taylor graduated with her Doctor of Medicine in 1998 from Ross University School of Medicine, Edison, NJ. She completed her General Surgery Internship, Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN.

Dr. Taylor is Board Certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Prior to entering Medical School, Dr. Taylor served for five years in the United States Navy. She and her husband John now reside in Blount County with their two children.

Lou M. Smith, MD, FACS

Dr. Lou Mahala Smith graduated with her Doctor of Medicine in 1985 from the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. She completed her Surgical Residency training at Louisiana State University Affiliated Hospitals. In 1995 she completed a Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Illinois and in 1998 completed a Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN.

Dr. Smith is double Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Critical Care. She is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dr. Smith and her husband Paul enjoy living and exploring downtown Knoxville and invest much of their spare time into mission work overseas.

Christy M. Lawson, MD, FACS

Dr. Christy Lawson graduated with her medical degree in 2005 from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. She completed both Internship and Residency in General Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN. She then completed a one-year Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care, also at the University of Tennessee Medical Center before joining UGS in 2011.

Dr. Lawson is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American College of Surgeons, Tennessee Medical Association, Association of Academic Surgeons, and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is double Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care as well as Board Certified by the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

Dr. Lawson and her husband Steven have a young daughter and a Golden Doodle. As evident by her certification in nutrition, Dr. Lawson loves to cook healthy meals for her family.

Reagan Bollig, MD

Dr. Reagan Bollig graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama in 2007. He completed his residency in General Surgery in North Carolina at Baptist Medical Center through Wake Forest University. Dr. Bollig then found is way to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care following which he joined UGS in 2013. He is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.

James Goodin, MD, FACS

Dr. James W. Goodin graduated with his medical degree in 2007 from the College of Medicine of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He completed a General Surgery Residency and a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Erlanger Hospital under the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga from in 2013.

Dr. Goodin is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is an Associate Fellow with the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Goodin and his fiancé have three children. He enjoys traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with his family.

R. Franklin Roberts, Jr., MD, FACS

A native of Talladega, Alabama, Dr. Roberts graduated from Auburn University and the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He completed his initial internship in Family Practice at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Alabama following which he practiced as a solo family physician for five years. He then went on to complete his internship and residency in General Surgery at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Following 15 years of general surgery practice, Dr. Roberts embarked on a fellowship in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He joined UGS in the summer of 2015.

Dr. Roberts enjoys the full breadth of general surgery and the added challenge of trauma surgery and critical care. He enjoys working individually with patients, staff, and surgery residents. He has a love of learning and teaching while offering compassionate care to his patients.

Dr. Roberts and his wife Gracie have three children. He has a passion for Auburn football, enjoys reading historical books, and loves outdoor activities including working in the yard, golfing, running and hunting.

C. Lindsay McKnight, MD

Dr. McKnight graduated with her medical degree from East Tennessee State University in 2009. Following her residency and internship in General Surgery at Greenville Health System in South Carolina, she completed her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Hawaii.

A native of Greenville, Tennessee, Dr. McKnight sought medical experience away from the familiar eastern U.S. geographical area, to learn how other areas of the country provide quality surgical and critical care. During her fellowship in Hawaii, she saw how the increased involvement of and communication with families in the care of critically ill patients gave them confidence in the skills and commitment of physicians to the health of their loved ones.

Dr. McKnight enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running, snow skiing, water skiing, and swimming. Her passion as a medical professional is to help people and to improve the health systems and care of people of East Tennessee.

Marc A. Campbell, DO

Dr. Marc A. Campbell earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie PA. He completed both his Internship and his General Surgery Residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Horizon in Farrell PA. Dr. Campbell completed his fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Tennessee in 2017.

Dr. Campbell is board eligible in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and is dedicated to providing the best compassionate, individualized care for his patients.

Dr. Campbell and his wife, Michele, have five children. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and completing home projects gone right.