Mercy Welcomes New Pediatric Psychiatrist to Fort Smith

September 17, 2019

Dr. Bryant Virden is Arkansas born, raised and trained – and proud of it.

“I’m from Morrilton, Arkansas, and I’ve never lived out of state – or wanted to,” said Dr. Virden, a pediatric psychiatrist who recently joined Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health in Fort Smith. “Arkansas is my home and I intend to stay here.”

Just a short 100-mile drive from where he grew up, Virden is happy to call Fort Smith his new home and looks forward to addressing the mental and behavioral health needs of children and adolescents in the community. 

When Dr. Virden enrolled in medical school, he knew he wanted to care for children. It was his time working on the Child Diagnostic Unit at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Psychiatric Research Institute in Little Rock that sparked his interest in child psychiatry.

“I believe that children do well when they are able to, but many things can get in their way,” he said. “Sometimes children and families need some extra help to succeed. I feel fortunate to be able to listen to them and help them grow and thrive.”

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Outside of work, Dr. Virden enjoys playing golf, cooking and traveling with his wife, Rebecka.

To make an appointment with Dr. Virden at Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health – Fort Smith, located at 2713 S. 74th St., Suite 302, call 479-573-3130. 

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