RALPH A. MIRANDA, M.D.
Dr. Miranda is a classically trained and educated allopathic physician with a Doctor of Medicine degree from Pennsylvania State University’s Milton S. Hershey School of Medicine.
Overview of Dr. Miranda’s Experience.
After completing a Family Practice residency he served as Assistant Director of Forbes Family Practice residency program, and was involved in teaching Family Practice residents, both there and for seven years at another local residency training program.
His interest in Integrative Medicine grew from medically supervising patients on protein sparing modified fasts for weight loss, and managing patients at a well known drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Both required an in depth understanding of nutrition and the role of nutrients as substrate and co-factors integral to the biochemical processes that underlie healing and recovery, as well as normal physiology. He takes seriously the first rule of Medicine: Primum non nocere, First do no harm. Whenever possible he chooses medical interventions that are least likely to cause harm, and recognizes that there is often a spectrum of alternatives with varying degrees of safety and effectiveness. With the best interests of the patient at heart, he has worked with patients to find the underlying causes and contributing factors for their unique health issues, and develop treatment plans with risk and benefits tailored to their specific tolerance and needs.
The Patient Focused Approach
He prefers to work with patients as partners interested in obtaining the information they need for making responsible health care decisions. He takes the time necessary to address health concerns in a comprehensive manner without being paternalistic or condescending. He is more likely to offer advice, guidance, support and encouragement to his patients than he is to demand any given treatment. He has developed a respect for the power and potential adverse effects of pharmaceuticals, and uses these judiciously, usually when safer, more natural options are inadequate.
In over 35 years of integrative medical practice, he has developed or adapted numerous protocols for intravenous infusion therapies, use of nutritional supplements and botanical agents for common conditions. Some of those protocols are outlined on this site. We hope you will find them informative and useful as you make your health care choices.
Experience You Can Trust
- Pennsylvania License – MD-019744-E – issued July 1977
- American Board of Family Practice – 1979, 1986, 1993
- American Board of Chelation Therapy* – 1985, 1992, 1998
(*Not an AMA recognized specialty board)
- American College for Advancement in Medicine (Fellow)
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Association for Health Freedom
(Formerly known as American Preventive Medical Association)
- Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians
- Pennsylvania Medical Society
- Westmoreland County Academy of Family Practice
- Westmoreland County Medical Society
- Professional Association of Traditional Healers
- American Medical Society
- American Society of General Laser Surgeons
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
- American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
- U.S. Army Infantry, August 1967 through September 1969 with Viet Nam service from January 1968 to January 1969.
- Seargeant, E-5, Honorable Discharge
- Combat Infantry BadgeViet Nam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars
- Viet Nam Campaign Medal with 60 Device
- Army Commendation Medal
- Army Air Medal
- National Defense Service Medal
- 1981 – Present: Director, Wholistic Health Center, my private practice in Greensburg, PA, where I integrate Intravenous Micronutrient Infusions, Chelation Therapy, Nutrition and Lifestyle Enhancement, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement, Complementary modalities and Alternatives in Medicine, Non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic techniques into solo practice.
- 1987 – Present: Director, Laser Surgery Associates, a private out-patient surgical practice in Greensburg, PA, for treatment of common dermatological, gynecologic, and proctologic problems with laser technology.
- 2001 – Present: Director, The ECP Center at the Wholistic Health Center, providing a safer, non-invasive alternative to coronary bypass surgery and angioplasty for selected patients with ischemic heart disease and other conditions.
- 1976 – 1979: Completed approved Family Practice Residency
Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette, PA
Served as Chief Resident 1978 – 1979.
- 1977 – 1979: Part-time Emergency Room Physician
Monsour Medical Center, Jeannette, PA
- 1977 – 1980: Staff Physician and Medical Director
- Weight Loss Medical Center, Greensburg, PA
Evaluated and managed about 350 patients during medically supervised protein sparing modified fast.
- 1979 – 1980: Training Site Supervisor
Delmont Family Practice Module, Monsour Medical Center, Delmont, PA
Responsible for training and supervision of Family Practice Residents caring for out-patients.
- 1979 – 1985: Staff Physician
Gateway Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, Aliquippa, PA
Responsible for medical management of an average population of 70 – 80 patients during a 28-day in-patient program. Also managed in-patients during detoxification from alcohol and drugs of abuse.
- 1980 – 1981: Assistant Director – Forbes Family Practice Residency Program
Forbes Metro East, Monroeville, PA
Responsible for teaching rounds on Family Practice in-patients, teaching residents in the Family Practice Out-patient Clinic, supervision of the Family Practice Out-patient Clinic, recruitment of residents, coordination of community based teaching in conjunction with the Behavioral Medicine staff, delivery of all out-patient services by resident physicians.
- 1985 – 1988: Preceptor for Family Practice Residents
Monsour Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program, Jeannette, PA
Responsible for supervising and teaching residents in an out-patient clinical
- 1980 – 1982 (also 1985 – 1987): Held appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine from the College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University.
- 1988 – 2007: Director, Immunodiagnostic Clinical Laboratory Associates, a private out-patient lab providing services in support of my private practice.
- 2004 – 2013: Principle Investigator, TACT study site at the Wholistic Health Center,
National Institutes of Health sponsored Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy testing the effectiveness of chelation therapy for patients who have survived a heart attack.
Latest Health Guides
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