Title: Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services
Company: Unity Health
Location: Searcy, Arkansas, United States
Ronald Wauters, Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services at Unity Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychiatry treatment and administration.
Dr. Wauters obtained a Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in 1990 and subsequently served a residency in general psychiatry with Louisiana State University School of Medicine from 1990 to 1994 and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. He is board certified in child and adolescent as well as general psychiatry and licensed to practice in Arkansas and Florida.
After providing superior care as director of children’s services with Louisiana State Hospital from 1996 to 1999, Dr. Wauters served as inpatient medical director and outpatient child psychiatrist with Trinity Health from 1999 to 2003 and then medical director of behavioral health services with Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare from 2003 to 2015. Since the latter year, he has excelled as medical director and psychopharmacology consultant with the behavioral health services department at Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas. His professional memberships include the American Psychiatric Association.
After an industrial accident he was involved in at age 18, Dr. Wauters spent six weeks in a burn institute in Houston at Hermann Hospital. While he was there, he found out that there are different aspects to medicine and decided to enter the medical field and initially served as a substance abuse counselor. There, he discovered that it is very important for doctors to spend as much time as they can with patients and listen to what patients are saying. He considers his career highlight to have trained several doctors who are working for him at Unity Health and others working in rural medicine in Arkansas.
Dr. Wauters’ goal in the coming years is to continue training his successors. He is currently training two of his residents so that when he is ready to leave, they can take over and to continue to grow the clinic.
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