Courtney Ridner

Courtney Ridner, M.D.

Cataract Surgeon

Specialty: Cataract

Practice Locations: Knoxville, TN

Physician Bio:

Dr. Ridner is a board-certified ophthalmologist with comprehensive experience in cataract surgery, glaucoma, retina evaluation and management, as well as Oculoplastics, including Botox and fillers. A native of Knoxville, TN, Dr. Ridner obtained his undergraduate degree with Honors in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University. He further pursued his passion for healthcare by completing a master’s degree in Hospital Administration before attending James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN.

Dr. Ridner’s journey in medicine led him to complete his internship in General Surgery in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was during this time that he made the decision to pursue a career in the military. After completing Aerospace Medicine training at Brooks AFB, he served as an active-duty Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, Dr. Ridner returned to Tennessee to complete his ophthalmology training at Vanderbilt University.

Why did you choose vision care as a profession? Growing up, my neighbor was an ophthalmologist. I was always fascinated with his multiple eye care ‘gadgets’ around the house. Today, ophthalmology is still technology-driven, and that has allowed us to dramatically move the profession forward.

When he is not in the office, Dr. Ridner enjoys spending time with his wife and 10-year-old son.

Residency: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Internship: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Doctor of Medicine: James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, TN

Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

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