Dr Ralph Ryback

Curriculum Vitae



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1958-1961, Dean's List
Wayne State University, BA. (Major Psychology), Detroit, Michigan, 1961-1962, Dean's List.
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, M.D. 1962-1966,
Senior Medical Year, Bern Switzerland, 1965-1966


Medical Director of The Willoughs at Naples 2006-2007 and 2009-2010, and Medical Director Partial Hospital Program, The Willoughs at Naples, 2006 to the present

Intern in Medicine, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1966 1967

Resident in Psychiatry, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1967-1968

Medical Consultant to Alcohol Study Unit, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1967-1968

Staff Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Function, Neuropsychiatry Branch, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas, 1968-1970. Initiated and carried out the human EEG and psychological research to prepare for the man orbiting laboratory N.A.S.A. mission using prolonged bed rest as a model.

Resident in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts,1970- 1972

Staff Psychiatrist, Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1972-1976. Founder of the Appleton Treatment Center, 1972, the first alcohol and drug abuse treatment program at the Harvard Hospitals. The program evolved into an inpatient 24 bed program, outpatient services of 700 people, and two quarter or halfway houses with concomitant ongoing clinical services. I oversaw and directed medical and other ancillary staff.

Visiting Scientist, in the office of the Director National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1976. Directly involved in the initial legislation placing a warning label on alcoholic beverages.

Medical Officer, Division of Intramural Research, NIAAA, 1977-1983; Developed a statistical "finger print" approach to identifying individuals who consume 4 or more drinks per day and alcoholic from nonalcoholic liver disease by looking at the relationships between commonly collected clinical chemistries, utilizing quadratic discriminant and other statistical analysis.

Medical Officer, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology, NIAAA, 19831984

Medical Director of Operation Runaway, Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County, 1991-1995. Program for runaway adolescents in conjunction with Montgomery County Police.

Director of Adolescent Services, Potomac Ridge Treatment Center, 1992-1997. I oversaw two adolescent units of 22 beds each, supervised physicians and ancillary staff (psychologists, social workers, and nurses).

Medical Director and founder of Operation Redirect, 1990-1997. The program was created by me for out of control adolescents which I personally ran and directed. It was a 22 bed inpatient acute care stay program.

Medical Director of Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program, Charter Behavioral Health at Potomac Ridge, 1993-2000

Medical Director of Adolescent Sexual Offenders Unit, 36 bed program, 2000-2005


Research Fellowship, Michigan Heart Association, 1963. For research on the sinus node artery in man which runs through and is an integral part of the sinus node or pacemaker of the heart.

Research Fellowship, National Institute of Health, 1964

Anna Keller Research Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan 1966. For creating a model for the Marfan syndrome (e.g. Abraham Lincoln) namely lathyrism and preventing its onset with cartilage extracts.

Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1967-1968

Research Fellow, Alcohol Study Unit, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1967-1968; using goldfish and their intoxication, as a model for alcohol amnesia in man (publicized in Newsweek) and using Beta splendens (Siamese fighting fish) as a model for the effects of alcohol on aggression in man (on What's My Line, Charlie Rose, Mery Griffin, etc.)

Teaching Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1970-1972

Editorial Referee (past and present)
Quart. J. Stud. Alc., Science, Behavioral Biology, Psychopharm., Amer. J. Psychiat., Pharm. Biochem, Behay., N. Eng. J. Med., Grune and Stratton, Hospital Commun., Psychiatry., J.A.M.A., Arch. Int. Med.

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972-1973

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1973-1977

Associate Clinical Professor, George Washington University Medical School, Washington, DC 1979-1980

Associate Clinical Professor, Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 1980-1986


Medical Director of a capitated key anchor group of Psychiatric Systems created by Ken Kessler, MD - purchased by Value Behavioral Health, Founder with Leonard Goldstein MD and Paul Boungiorno, MD of Integrated Behavioral Care (IBC) purchased by Magellan. Initial investor and participant in Maryland Psych. Systems, the forerunner of American Psych.. Systems, presently the tenth largest Managed Mental Healthcare group in the United States.


State of Michigan, Certificate No. 27743, 1966
State of Massachusetts, Certificate No. 30417, 1968
State of Maryland, Certificate No. D19751, 1976
District of Columbia, License No. 4083, 1978
State of Virginia, Certificate No. 36637, 1984


Limbic System Dysrthythmia
Diagnostic electroencephalogram procedure to diagnose individuals with behavioral and emotional problems who would benefit from certain types of anti-convulsant medications.
Patent number: 5,176,145: Date of patent: January 5, 1993


Psychiatry and Neurology, October 18, 1976

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Ralph Ryback, Psychiatrist Naples Florida

He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.
~Sigmund Freud

"A man's life is what his thoughts make of it." - Marcus Aurelius