Bryan Cothren MD joins PHMG Psychiatry
July 31, 2019
Dr. Bryan Cothren was in the Louisiana Air National Guard when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. His time helping people who sought refuge at the New Orleans Superdome set him on the path to medical school.
“I had an overwhelming feeling that I wanted to do something more to help people,” he said of his experience at the Superdome. Now his path has led to Ketchikan. He joined Victor Chen MD at PeaceHealth Medical Group Psychiatry in early July.
“I decided on psychiatry when I was doing rotations to explore options in medical school,” he said, “that individual one-on-one connection with a person sitting across from you is very appealing.”
Having two psychiatrists on staff increases the ability of PeaceHealth to provide services across Southern Southeast. Dr. Chen will travel to the Prince of Wales Clinic in Craig while Dr. Cothren will go to Metlakatla once or twice a month.
“It was one of the more intriguing and exciting things we talked about when I came up for an interview,” said Dr. Cothren, “I will go to Petersburg, probably quarterly, and do telepsychiatry between the in-person appointments”
Dr. Cothren spent 14 years in military service, five in the Navy, before joining the Louisiana Air National Guard. He attended the University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University Medical School where he also completed his four-year psychiatric residency at the end of June.
He and his wife Amber Adams are looking forward to exploring the local trails and spending time outdoors. Their daughter, Remi, will attend Ketchikan High School in fall.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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