Dr. John Ravits, MD

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Dr. John Ravits, MD
John Ravits, MD, is a board certified clinical neurologist specializing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), motor neuron diseases, neuromuscular disorders, and clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Ravits is the director of the ALS clinic at UC San Diego Health System and vice chair of adult neurology and the neurological sciences. Dr. Ravits is on the editorial board of the medical journal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration. He serves on the scientific advisory committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, and also serves on the steering committee for the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases. As a professor of clinical neuroscience, Dr. Ravits is involved in the training of medical students, residents, and fellows in neurology. His research interests focus on clinical phenotypes, genetic mechanisms especially related to the C9orf72 gene, genomics, antisense oligonucleotide therapies, and molecular neuropathology. Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Dr. Ravits was on the medical staff of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, specializing in neuromuscular disorders and neurophysiology. He served as director of Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and led Virginia Mason Medical Center’s section of neurology. In 2004, he started a translational research program at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason to focus on ALS research. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Ravits earned his MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in neurology at UC San Diego. He then did fellowships in neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases: one year at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and two years at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ravits has board certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology. He is also boarded by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the American Neurological Association. When not working, he likes to travel especially to exotic places like New Zealand, Fiji, Mongolia, and Japan. He has spent a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest where he loved hiking and exploring the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. He enjoys movies, exercise, and time with his wife Trish, four children (now mostly scattered throughout the U.S.), and his dogs Ned (Border Collie-Retriever mix) and Henna (Maltese-Cocker Spaniel mix).

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'I strive to give patients the best possible care I can, which involves explaining and outlining the choices. I want them involved in their medical decisions.'

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UC San Diego Health - La Jolla4510 Executive Dr
San Diego, CA 92121
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John Ravits, MD, is a board certified clinical neurologist specializing in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), motor neuron diseases, neuromuscular disorders, and clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Ravits is the director of the ALS clinic at UC San Diego Health System and vice chair of adult neurology and the neurological sciences.

Dr. Ravits is on the editorial board of the medical journal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Frontotemporal Degeneration. He serves on the scientific advisory committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, and also serves on the steering committee for the World Federation of Neurology Research Group on Motor Neuron Diseases.

As a professor of clinical neuroscience, Dr. Ravits is involved in the training of medical students, residents, and fellows in neurology. His research interests focus on clinical phenotypes, genetic mechanisms especially related to the C9orf72 gene, genomics, antisense oligonucleotide therapies, and molecular neuropathology.

Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Dr. Ravits was on the medical staff of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, specializing in neuromuscular disorders and neurophysiology. He served as director of Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and led Virginia Mason Medical Center’s section of neurology. In 2004, he started a translational research program at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason to focus on ALS research.

A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Ravits earned his MD from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in neurology at UC San Diego. He then did fellowships in neurophysiology and neuromuscular diseases: one year at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and two years at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ravits has board certifications from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology. He is also boarded by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and the American Neurological Association.

When not working, he likes to travel especially to exotic places like New Zealand, Fiji, Mongolia, and Japan. He has spent a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest where he loved hiking and exploring the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. He enjoys movies, exercise, and time with his wife Trish, four children (now mostly scattered throughout the U.S.), and his dogs Ned (Border Collie-Retriever mix) and Henna (Maltese-Cocker Spaniel mix).

Dr. Ravits' Care Philosophy

'I strive to give patients the best possible care I can, which involves explaining and outlining the choices. I want them involved in their medical decisions.'

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  •  Specializes in Neurology
  •  Board certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nystagmus
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polymyositis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Thrombosis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

Education

  • Medical School
    Mayo Medical School

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Univ Of California San Diego Medical Center

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Univ Of California San Diego Medical Center

    Completed in 1983

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Completed in 1984

    Harvard Medical School

    Completed in 1984

    National Institutes of Health

    Completed in 1986

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • EMG (Electromyography)