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About the author- RONALD M. CHASE, M.D.
Born in Brooklyn, New York and attended James Madison High School. He later attended the University of Louisville, Kentucky, graduating with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 having majored in Philosophy and Chemistry. He later attended La Sapienza, Universita’ di Roma, Italia for didactic work in medicine and the Universita’ di Bologna, Italia for his clinical work in medicine. His post graduate studies continued with an internship at University of Florida University Hospitals.
During the Vietnam War he took a residency in psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center, U.S. Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland; child psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. His early exposure to the internationally acclaimed psychoanalyst, Harold F. Searles, M.D. inspired his entire career. Dr. Chase was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy (1968 to 1973). He became a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in 1973 during the tenure of Wilfred Dorfman, M.D.
Dr. Chase was later stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital, Orlando, Florida as Chief of psychiatry and psychiatric consultant to the U.S. Air Force, McCoy AFB, Orlando, Florida. In 1973 he began a fellowship at the Chicago Medical School in psychosomatic medicine being mentored by Hyman Garner, M.D. Chair, Department of Psychiatry. Under Dr. Garner’s tutelage he was appointed to head the psychiatric liaison program for the dialysis and oncology programs in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
Further experience included work at Veterans Administration Hospitals where he developed the first Vietnam Veterans Inpatient Unit for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. He was involved with the State of New York, Office of Mental Health in forensic services, Division of Parole, and other correctional facilities in Florida and New York’s Department of Corrections at Rikers Island. He had been a psychiatric consultant for the District Attorneys in the New York City area and Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District, as expert witness in capital offense cases. In 1994 he was asked to appear on national television, “Inside Edition” as forensic psychiatrist in review of the O. J. Simpson case.
In 2008 his concern for the inordinate numbers of suicide deaths among returning soldiers from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan prompted him to take a position with the U.S. Army as a Psychiatrist Contractor stationed at Winn Army Community Hospital, Behavioral Health Center, Third Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
Dr. Chase continues to be involved with veterans issues and has written numerous articles and letters regarding PTSD. He recently authored his second book, “Aftermath A War Of Memories” and is working on a documentary regarding his clinical work with PTSD.