Under the Knife, A Book Review with Kelly Parsons

(Length of Discussion: 30 min)

Dr. Charles Ryan interviews Dr. Kelly Parsons, a surgeon and professor at the University of California, San Diego on his newest book, a medical thriller titled, Under the Knife.  A novel for all audiences, this book incorporates the nexus in advances in biotechnology and robots and the role they play in medicine right now.  It touches on the deep fears that many physicians have of potentially harming patients and the repercussions harm to a patient, can have on the patient's loved ones.

Set in San Diego, Under the Knife is the story of a grieving husband who holds the surgeon in the book responsible for the untimely death of his young wife. 

Dr. Kelly Parsons shares his influences and inspirations for writing Under the Knife, the challenges he faced and how sharing and writing about these topics fictionally influences his daily life as a practicing urologist and a professor at the University of San Diego.

"Terrifying and captivating, Kelly Parsons’ Under the Knife is a heart pounding thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats up to the very last page".

For readers who missed Kelly Parsons' first book Doing Harm, he revisits the novel sharing adrenaline pumping feedback from readers about a scene involving a right laparoscopic adrenalectomy.  He also reflects on what drove him to write his first book and the learning experiences he carried into Under the Knife

Purchase Books by Kelly Parsons
Doing Harm
Under the Knife


Kelly Parsons, MD, FACS is a board-certified urologist who specializes in treating prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), bladder cancer, and kidney cancer. 

Dr. Parsons is an expert in cryosurgery, laser surgery, robotic surgery, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate, and is internationally recognized for his work in prostate disease and urologic oncology. He has published over 130 scientific research articles, edited four medical textbooks, and received research grants from the NIH/National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and Department of Defense. Dr. Parsons currently serves as a consulting editor for European Urology and European Urology Focus, and is associate editor for Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases.

Author of Doing Harm, published in 2014.  The book in discussion, Under the Knife and Dr. Parsons is working on a  3rd forthcoming book. 

Charles J. Ryan, MD