Ralph Golan MD
MD has been a general practitioner in Seattle since 1979, specializing
in preventive, wellness, and longevity medicine.
Integrating both conventional and alternative approaches, he works
with his patients not only to track down and treat underlying causes
of chronic or recurring problems but also to optimize
health and well-being. He emphasizes health education and self
care skills, involving the full participation of his patients as
equal members of their health care team. As an extension of this
work he has written a comprehensive health resource and self-care
guidebook, Optimal Wellness: Where Mainstream
and Alternative Medicine Meet, published by Ballantine Books
For over forty
years Dr. Golan has also taught and spoken locally and nationally
to community groups and associations, college extension classes
for the public, university health forums, U.S. government hearings
on food policy, physicians and other health professionals, and to
medical students at both the University of Washington School of
Medicine and Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences. In December
2001 he was a presenter at the first American Board of Holistic
Medicine board review course for physicians and assisted in creating
the first examination for board certification in holistic medicine.
He has also taught physicians as an adjunct faculty member of the
Institute of Functional Medicine. In addition to his private practice
and teaching/speaking engagements, he has appeared frequently on
radio and television, has been an on-line columnist for On Health
Network and monthly for The Hope Heart Institute's Hope Health Letter.
Dr. Golan attended
Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York in Brooklyn
where he received his MD in 1975. He did an internship at Swedish
Hospital Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle after
which he worked as an emergency physician and a community clinic
physician/sponsor. He then practiced rural medicine for a short
while before starting his private practice
in Seattle in 1979. He was a member of the American Holistic
Medical Association for twenty years and served on the American
Board of Holistic Medicine from its inception until 2003. He has been a past member of the American College of Advancement in Medicine
and is board certified in Holistic Medicine. Dr Golan is also a member of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) and has received specialized training from this organization. He has been a past member of the Autism Research Institute and has taken the specialized clinician's training utilizing the Defeat Autism Now biomedical diagnostic and treatment protocols for autistic spectrum disorders.
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