After spending four years as a physical therapist, Dr. Bryan Smith went back to school so he could offer surgical solutions for patients.
“I really enjoy educating patients about their injuries and getting them back to their desired function,” said Dr. Smith, an orthopedic surgeon who recently joined Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – River Valley in Fort Smith. “When patients come to see me, my hope is that they feel cared for, listened to and confident that all of their questions have been answered.”
Dr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his medical school training at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City and his orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
He recently completed an orthopedic surgery sports medicine fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During his fellowship, he served as one of the team physicians for several UCLA sports teams and was an assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Through my training, I have enjoyed taking care of athletes of all levels,” he said. “Whether a high school athlete or a weekend warrior, I like caring for a wide spectrum of patients who want to be active.”
In his free time, Dr. Smith enjoys traveling, watching movies, attending sporting events and spending time outside with his wife and son.
To make an appointment with Dr. Smith at Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – River Valley, located at 3501 W. E. Knight Drive in Fort Smith, call 479-709-6700.
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