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Ralph Rynes, M.D., Ph.D., FDTI

Ralph Rynes, M.D., Ph.D., FDTI

Ralph Rynes, M.D., Ph.D., FDTI

Prior to his retirement, Dr. Ralph Rynes was a board-certified physician with more than 30 years’ experience in treating the neurological aspects of infectious diseases. He worked primarily with individuals living with HIV and co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders. He earned a B.A. at Clemson University and an M.A. at the Universität Hamburg in Germany before completing his Doctoral degrees (M.D. and Ph.D.) at l’Université Denis Diderot. Dr. Rynes completed clinical and research residencies in Neurology and Neuroscience at l’Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, France, followed by post-doctoral research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He specialized in Prion diseases and in the treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C as well as the neurobiology of substance use disorders, practicing at the Immunology Center of the USC School of Medicine, the largest infectious diseases clinic in South Carolina.

Additionally, Rynes provided cultural sensitivity training to other physicians and support staff on Latino, French-speaking African refugee, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender treatment nuances, in addition to providing HIV/AIDS training and cultural sensitivity training for S.C. Alcohol and Drug Commissions, S.C. and other states’ Primary Healthcare Associations, the National Association of Addictions Counselors, the S.C. Health Information Management Association, S.C. DHEC and a host of national organizations.

Rynes now volunteers with Doctors Without Borders in a consulting capacity and continues to work to mitigate the stigma associated with HIV, Hepatitis C, and mental health and substance use disorders in the U.S. and Western Europe.

Special interests include Prion diseases, the neuro-chemical pathways of addiction and specialized treatment issues in LGBT and Latino and African refugee populations.

Prior to retirement, he served on numerous national and international boards, as well as serving on and chairing the boards of the Columbia Free Medical Clinic and the Columbia Oral Health Clinic.