Our Physicians

Paul L. Becker, M.D.

Sports Medicine and Athletic Injuries

Biography

Dr. Becker began his practice at KOC in 2000. He is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of Farragut High School, where he now serves as Team Physician. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with honors in biomechanical engineering. Dr. Becker previously anchored the KOC Jefferson City office, but now sees patients mainly at the Fort Sanders West office. While in Jefferson City, he served as orthopaedic consultant to the Carson Newman College Athletic Department and currently serves as orthopaedic consultant to the Tennessee Smokies baseball team.

Dr. Becker specializes in all forms of shoulder and knee surgery ranging from arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and arthroscopic ACL reconstruction to total knee replacement. To date, he has performed over 1000 rotator cuff repairs and ACL reconstructions.

A member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Dr. Becker is also board certified in sports medicine.

Stephanie, Dr. Becker’s wife, is an internal medicine physician at Parkwest. They have five children. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching AYSO soccer and CBFO football, and serving as a youth leader for his church. His hobbies include boating, traveling and snow skiing.

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Contact Information

 
Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Fort Sanders West
North Knoxville
Jefferson City

Administrative Assistant

865-450-1227 or internal ext 4227

nurse

865-450-1237 or internal ext 4237

 
 
 

Dr. Becker's Team

 
Bonnie Brannon, MA, Paul Becker, MD, and Ben Morgenegg, PA 

 

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What patients say about Dr. becker

  • I had knee replacements in 2012 and 2014. It was a game changer for me, no pain. Dr. Becker was the very best and always took time to talk with me and my husband. I can now get around much better. Thank you Dr. Becker and staff. They are the best.
    – Connie, Knoxville
  • I’ve had no problems with my new knee and I’m scheduled to have left knee replaced in 10 days. Looking forward to having relief from pain and resuming normal activity. Thank you Dr. Becker.
    – Sharon, Crossville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can practically run up and down my stairs. The best thing I could have ever done was find Dr. Becker. I knew of him from Carson Newman when my son was attending and playing football. He is great. I love his attitude and his bedside manner. He is wonderful. My granddaughter tells me to slow down with my bionic knees. I will recommend him to anyone.
    – Marge, Knoxville
  • Dr. Becker is excellent. He explains the process of what he does to you. And lets you know your limits. He is honest, caring and always lets you know all of your options. I will not go to any other orthopaedic doctor. You will love the level of care you will get with the nurses and doctors at KOC.
    – Rocky, Jefferson City
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can say I am experiencing full use of my right knee after knee replacement surgery in February of 2019. I had troubles with both knees as much of the cartilage was gone in both. I opted finally after years of cortisone shots to get a knee replacement in (1) knee only. I started cortisone shots in both knees about (6) years ago in Michigan and they worked for me from day one. However, knowing I was getting older and knowing that my knees could only get worse I chose reluctantly to get my right knee replaced. The recovery was tough but I got through it, and have now decided to get the left knee done. I notice the difference between them and know if I let it go it will only get worse and eventually throw off the replaced knee. Every time I have come in Dr. Becker and his staff have treated me with respect and efficiently, and I am forever grateful for their services and expertise. I came to know Dr. Becker as he did surgery on my grandson's calf, damaged in a football game as he was a player on the Farragut team. He did a great job for him and I knew he would do the same for me.
    – Eileen, Lenoir City
  • Thanks to our care at KOC, my daughters and I can do the things we love to do! Dr. Becker fixed my shoulder and knee, Jennifer's compartment syndrome, and Emily's ACL. Thanks Dr. Becker for fixing us!
    – Patricia, Jennifer and Emily Burke, Ewing, VA
  • Thanks to my knee replacement with Dr. Becker, I can now walk and play with my grandchildren and work again! 14 weeks after surgery and I feel great! Knee is a little stiff and still hurts at times, but it's so much better than before!!
    – Tresha, Cosby
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can live again! I am so happy with both knees. Dr. Becker is one of the best. He has a great personality, bed side manner, and is a super great doctor. I can do anything that I want and need to do. I have my life back. Thank you so much for all you do for everyone!
    – Carmen, White Pine
  • It was my daughter's junior year in high school. She was the post player on her varsity basketball team. As she and other players were going up for a rebound, she got pulled down by another player and fell on the ground. After seeing her limp off the court, I knew we needed to get her knee looked at. We went to the +4 KOC injury clinic and the PA that we saw thought it was a torn ACL. Soon after, the MRI confirmed the diagnosis and she was facing surgery with Dr. Becker. After discussing options with him (either her own tendon or a donor tendon) I asked him if this had happened to his daughter which one would he recommend. He emphatically said the donor tendon. Surgery was scheduled during her Spring Break. We were so appreciative of the care that Dr. Becker provided, and rehab was so much faster since she had the donor tendon. Thank you Dr. Becker for taking such good care of her! She is in her 3rd year of college and participating in many intramural sports and activities! Thanks to KOC, I can continue to watch my daughter lead an active lifestyle participating in sports and exercise!
    – Cathy, Knoxville
  • "If I had known that my Total Knee Replacement Surgery by Dr. Paul Becker would have prevented my suffering with knee pain for the 2 years prior to surgery I would have done it much sooner. I am 8 weeks out and walking 2.5 miles daily pain free.

    Having played sports until I was 45 years old, my knees have endured many hours of battering. I only played one way and that was all out. My mom always told me that I would regret that someday and I did for a couple of years due to knee pain and suffering. But now since my TKR surgery, I can say I would do it all again if I had the chance. This surgery has been a complete success, but it came with a lot of hard work during rehabilitation. Dr. Becker informed me that the success would be depending on me and how I reacted to rehabilitation, surgery alone would not be a fix-all. The hard work has paid off and I am finally pain free for the first time in 2 years. Dr. Becker and his staff provided excellent care throughout the process and I thank them for their professional service."
    – Terry, Knoxville
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Education

  • B.E., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1990
  • M.D., University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, 1994

Internship

  • General Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, 1995

Residency

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1999

Fellowship

  • Sports Medicine, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic, 2000

Began Practice At KOC

  • 2000

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Subspecialty Sports Medicine

Professional Distinctions

  • UT College of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award in Research
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Sports Medicine and Athletic Injuries