Meet Dr. Virden
Dr. Charles P. Virden is one of the elite plastic surgeons in Reno, Nevada, and Tahoe/Truckee, California to be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which means that he has extensive training in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has a strong interest in aesthetic surgery of the face, including the latest techniques in laser surgery and endoscopic (minimal incision) surgery.
Dr. Virden's Philosophy
"I want to provide you with my total commitment in all aspects of your care. We appreciate your confidence and we want to create an experience for you that will be equally rewarding. I am committed to educating you about your particular concern, and offer you the highest level of care in a friendly and caring environment. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve you."
– Dr. Charles Virden
Medical Education and Training
Undergraduate: Occidental College, Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in biology
Med School: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
Internship Hospital: University of California in San Diego, CA
Residency Hospital: University of California in San Diego, CA
Residency in general surgery and plastic surgery
Fellowship Hospital: University of California
Dr. Virden was raised in Southern California and attended Occidental College for his premedical studies. In 1987, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a medical degree. Dr. Virden completed his general studies internship and residency at the University of California, San Diego, CA in 1993.
During the following years, he completed a research fellowship in plastic surgery and completed his residency in plastic surgery. Dr. Virden moved to Reno, NV, in 1995 to open his private practice.
In 1998, Dr. Virden opened, Renovation, the first medical spa in Reno, NV. Renovation was attached to his practice and was 800 sq. ft. Renovation relocated with his practice to its existing location in a Northwest suburb of Reno in 2004 to its current 6500 sq. ft. location. In 2011, Dr. Virden opened Bella Lago, his second medical spa, in Truckee, CA. Dr. Virden sees patients in both the Reno and Truckee offices. Dr. Virden and the medical spas combined have serviced more than 31,000 patients.
Awards and Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Vitals.com Patients' Choice Award (2008, 2009, 2014 – 2016)
On-Time Doctor Award (2014 – 2016)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013, 2015 – 2016)
Top 10 Doctor in City (2014)
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Voted Reno’s Best Cosmetic Surgeon in 2011 by the Reno Gazette Journal and the Reno News & Review
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
California State Medical License
Nevada State Medical License
Reno Surgical Society, former president
Enhanced activity of lysosomal beta-galactosidase after silicone implantation: an experimental study in rats. Landon, B. N., Dobke, M. K., Grzybowski, J., Virden, C. P., Dobak, J., Steinsapir, E. S.; J Lab Clin Med. 1993 June.
Infantile hemangiopericytoma: a rare cause of a soft tissue mass. Virden, C. P., Lynch, F. P.; J Pediatr Surg. 1993 May.
Diagnosis and therapy of subclinically infected prostheses. Parsons, C. L., Stein, P. C., Dobke, M. K., Virden, C. P., Frank, D. H.; Surg Gynecol Obstet. 1993 Nov.
Meckel's diverticulum: another 'great imitator.' Cornacchia, L. G., Virden, C. P., Wahlstrom, H. E.; Hosp Pract (Off Ed). 1991 Apr 30.
Subclinical infection of the silicone breast implant surface as a possible cause of capsular contracture. Virden, C. P., Dobke, M. K., Stein, P., Parsons, C. L., Frank, D. H.; Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1992.
Since 2015, Dr. Virden has served as a Volunteer Clinical Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Division of Plastic Surgery. He is involved in the education of students and postgraduate trainees within UCSD Health Sciences.
Before he was regarded as a well-respected doctor among other plastic surgeons, Dr. Virden was better known as “Coach Virden.” Football has been a big part of Dr. Virden’s life. He played Pop Warner football in Whittier, CA, and for the Sierra High School Spartans. He then went on to play college football for Rio Hondo College where he was named “1st Team All-Conference Wide Receiver.” Dr. Virden then transferred to prestigious Occidental College and was voted to the All-SCIAC 1st team as a receiver. His senior season he was one of the leading wide receivers among the nation’s small colleges. He averaged nearly 8 receptions per game and 112 yards per game. This earned him the Most Valuable Player award. Dr. Virden has always felt that athletics and competition have played a pivotal role in developing his attitude and work ethic.
After completing his medical degree from the prestigious Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Virden began a long and grueling career as a general surgery resident and then took on additional training to become a plastic surgeon. During his residency, he steered his own 3 boys to the football field to enjoy with them the joy of football. Dr. Virden served as the Assistant Coach to his son Matthew’s team while finishing his residency at the UC San Diego Medical Center. There, he coached for the Rancho Bernardo Pop Warner League. Dr. Virden then moved to Reno to begin his own private practice. He was Assistant Coach to his middle son, Tyler’s, teams in the Reno Pop Warner divisions. “I felt it was important to be a part of my sons’ experiences, and to enjoy teaching the teamwork and the rewards of dedication and careful mastery of fundamentals,” Coach Virden says.
When his youngest son, Trent, began football at the age of 7, Dr. Virden took over as the Head Coach of the Reno Pop Warner Wolfpack. This core group of young men had an unbelievable run for the next 10 years. “Families became life-long friends, the love of those years and the memories are priceless to us all.” He had a super group of assistant coaches, who were also dads, enjoying the boys. Coaches like Mike York, Mike Talbott, Mike Stewart, Bob Davies, Dave Lundy, Joe Matthews, Steve Reed, Todd Roberts, Zianne Vasquez and Darwin English. “These men and women were tremendous character developers and great role models for our young men, I will always be grateful to have had these years together with them.” The Wolfpack garnered quite a reputation, winning the Pop Warner League Coach Virden Championship in every year they competed. They amassed a record of 63–3. Winning 4 Snow Bowl Championships, 2 Pacific Northwest Regional Championships, and 2 well-deserved trips to the Pop Warner Super Bowl, where they took 3rd place in the nation, and finished with a 5–2 record in nationally competed games. Dr. Virden was twice named Pop Warner Coach of the Year.
When his core group of the Wolfpack joined the already acclaimed McQueen High School team in Reno’s Northwest area, Dr. Virden was invited to join the McQueen football staff, where he has coached the last several years. His “pack” became Lancers, and went on in their 4 years to have 3 undefeated seasons as freshman, JV’s and seniors. As juniors they went 12–2 losing to Bishop Gorman High School in the Nevada 4-A State Championship. This incredible group of young men at McQueen went on to become the 2008 Nevada 4A State Champions with a perfect 14–0 season. Dr. Virden worked as the Assistant Coach with the talented staff of Ken Dalton, Jim Snelling, Greg Baxter, Mark Zimmerman and Carl Lagrone. “It was so fitting to see these young men receive the prize they so worked for, defeating an extremely talented and undefeated Palo Verde team from Las Vegas.” Dr. Virden has had the pleasure to have coached All-State players, All Northern Division players, and All League players. All in all, the coaches and players that have been affiliated with Dr. Virden have amassed an astounding record of 107–6. Dr. Virden has also put his share of sutures in these athletes over the years.