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Jeffrey W. Ralph


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Dr. Jeffrey W. Ralph is a neurologist who specializes in diseases of the nerve, muscle and neuromuscular transmission, the nerve activity that leads to muscle movement. He is an expert in the category of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy, with a particular interest in neuropathies that result from immune system activity. In 2004, he became director of the Neuropathy Center at UCSF Medical Center, founded in part with funding from the Neuropathy Association. In addition to treating patients in the clinic, he performs electromyograms – diagnostic tests that record muscles' electrical activity – including such specialized tests as single-fiber electromyograms and multiple-channel recordings for analyzing abnormal muscle tone.

Ralph completed a neurology residency as well as fellowships in neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology at UCSF. His research has addressed treatments for neuropathy caused by HIV and AIDS.

  • Education

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 1999

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Neuromuscular Disease, 2004

  • Board Certifications

    Neuromuscular Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    389 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 30, 2023
    Great Dr
    Nov 18, 2023
    Dr. Jeffrey Ralph was very thorough and explained my MRI results in detail so that I understood the problem to be solved. He listened and insured me that he would work on finding an answer to my symptoms. He was kind and responsive.
    Nov 12, 2023
    Dr. Ralph has always been very nice and most helpful to me. I feel privileged to be under his care.
    Oct 29, 2023
    DR. Ralph is always very kind to me.
    Oct 21, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is wonderful to work with.
    Oct 19, 2023
    Dr. Ralph took me out of a years worth of pain. I can say that his job is well done!
    Oct 19, 2023
    With out a doubt the most thorough physician in my life.
    Oct 13, 2023
    I just love Dr. Ralph. He is the best doctor I've ever had. He is very kind and l always listens to what you have to say and gives you answers & options or recommendations. He has even called me to tell me about something else that could be causing my trouble breathing after looking over all the test results I have had in the past even the ones from different doctors. I really appreciated that.
    Oct 12, 2023
    Provided full and detailed information. Highly interactive.
    Oct 12, 2023
    I was a bit nervous about the test. Dr. Ralph explained everything clearly and talked through each step.
    Oct 04, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is extremely efficient and kind. Thank you
    Oct 02, 2023
    Dr Ralph has been great. We feel very comfortable with his guidance.
    Sep 21, 2023
    Very nice Doctors. And very explaining as well.
    Sep 15, 2023
    Dr Ralph and I had a good visit and covered some important topics
    Aug 29, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is very hood to work with. He is an excellent provider. His staff are also professional and attentive to my needs.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Dr Ralph is very intelligent and a kind person!
    Aug 27, 2023
    I need help finding the problem not just having it masked with pain killers.
    Aug 25, 2023
    Dr Ralph is an excellent doctor and educator. He takes time to exam me he knows my case well and provides outstanding care and concern.
    Aug 24, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is patient and courteous. I appreciate him very much.
    Aug 16, 2023
    Dr. Ralph was a delight to work with. He was very friendly and helpful discussing my condition. It was an excellent conversation.
    Aug 07, 2023
    Highly value Dr. Ralph & his advice.
    Aug 03, 2023
    Came up with rare diagnosis which others had not considered.
    Aug 01, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is exceptionally knowledgeable and superb at communication
    Jul 21, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is very knowledgeable and empathetic. He is patient is answering all questions and looking to assist even in areas that are not his Subspecialty
    Jul 21, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is very easy to talk to and very easy to understand. I felt his examination and follow up tests he ordered were on target.
    Jul 17, 2023
    I drive several hours each way to see this Doctor who helped me just a few years after stricken with illness back 2007
    Jul 08, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is an outstanding provider. All aspects of my relationship with him are great.
    Jun 27, 2023
    Excellent physician and NP (?) and also w/initial interview person - again - all were thorough kind and caring. Left me with a good feeling that there were roads to feeling better and reducing pain
    Jun 25, 2023
    I was referred to the wrong type of neurologist. I need to speak with a stroke specialist regarding concerns with a recent CT scan and MRI but was referred to a neurologist to help with symptoms with my arms which have already resolved.
    Jun 24, 2023
    I saw on Yelp Dr Ralph had poor reviews. I don't know why. He was AMAZING. I felt heard respected and like I was working in a team and not just another patient to hurry through the system. I would completely reccomend him and had a very positive experience
    Jun 11, 2023
    He listens. I feel comfortable conferring with him. I appreciate his sense of humor.
    Jun 08, 2023
    Dr Ralph has always been professional caring and attentive.
    May 18, 2023
    He is one of the best
    May 16, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is easy to an empathic active listener that is easy to understand. He takes past medical history as well as current health Issues and symptoms into consideration before offering next steps and potential solutions for the issue/ issues ranging from conservative to more invasive. I would highly recommend this provider to others looking for a neurologist in the Bay Area.
    May 13, 2023
    GREATLY appreciated that all providers wore masks.
    May 06, 2023
    Dr Ralph is great to work with.
    Apr 27, 2023
    Dr. Ralph was great!
    Apr 19, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is very empathetic good listener and highly relatable. I appreciate how he includes me in decision making.
    Apr 15, 2023
    A ggo neurologist & a kind man
    Mar 30, 2023
    Above and beyond. Great Dr.
    Mar 28, 2023
    I felt like it was a great visit! Really liked Dr. Ralph. My concerns were answered.
    Mar 25, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is a very competent Doctor in his field and I feel that he has my best interests in helping me to live my life to as normal as possible given my Neuropathy issues.
    Mar 21, 2023
    I've been seeing Dr. Ralph now for about 6 to 8 years. I can't really remember. He seems to be attentive and willing to give things to try when we discuss them.
    Mar 19, 2023
    Dr. Ralph listened well thoroughly and honestly answered my questions
    Mar 11, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is excellent; he listens and explains.
    Mar 10, 2023
    I feel very comfortable and confident with the treatment I received from Dr Jeffrey Ralph. I am sure that I will be better soon with Dr Ralph's supervision.
    Feb 23, 2023
    I am very pleased with Dr Ralph. He is competent thorough and easy to connect with. I enjoy & appreciate him.
    Feb 03, 2023
    Listened to my concerns scheduled an in patient visit in few weeks.
    Jan 29, 2023
    Dr Ralph is an excellent physician.
    Jan 27, 2023
    The Provider showed great concern and answered all my questions.
    Jan 26, 2023
    When Dr Ralph greeted me I felt comfortable immediately. He was familiar with why I came to see him and listened carefully. He asked questions that made me dig deeper into my conditions symptoms. He left the room while I changed. When he came back and after his exam he told me he had an idea and did some reading during the time that I had changed. He was clear that his idea didn't fall under his expertise but didn't want me to feel abandoned (not his word) and that I could follow up with him. He laid out where I could go to get answers and sent referrals for me. It was an amazing appointment with Dr Ralph. I know I'm on the right path to find answers and know I can come back.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr. Ralph takes time to really listen think and respond.
    Jan 23, 2023
    I have great respect for Dr. Ralph's knowledge and care!!
    Jan 14, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is exceptional. Likely he's been loaded up with way too many patients.
    Jan 10, 2023
    That great
    Jan 06, 2023
    Dr. Ralph is excellent. He has really made an effort to connect with me and make it easy for me to reach him any time
    Dec 24, 2022
    Having been of a patient of Dr. Ralph's for approx. 15 years we have a very good rapport which I greatly appreciate.
    Dec 04, 2022
    Would have given Dr. Ralph higher than 5...Excellent category! He is incredibly professional thorough and excellent at explaining the situation and options. He should be cloned.
    Nov 24, 2022
    Dr Ralph is great to work with and he is an excellent Doctor.
    Nov 23, 2022
    Dr. Ralph is an excellent doctor in every way. He is knowledgeable professional and caring.
    Nov 23, 2022
    Fantastic provider - I would recommend (and did already) to anyone who has peripheral nerve problems!
    Nov 18, 2022
    Dr. Ralph seems very knowledgeable and was highly recommended so for those reasons I would recommend him. He changes his mind quite often though about the plan of care and doesn't remember what he said the last time. When I remind him he reasons through why he is recommending a change or says we should stick to the original plan but it's a little disconcerting nonetheless. Perhaps he's just really busy and can't keep track?
    Nov 18, 2022
    Dr Ralph is an Excellent Dr. The best Dr I have ever had. He is very courteous and respectful. He listens to the things that you have to say about your experience with your condition and takes what you say into consideration when discussing your treatment plan. It's such a rarity to have a Dr that listens to you as their patient these days.
    Nov 16, 2022
    Doctor was exceptional. Knowledgeable and experienced. Great communicator. A+++++
    Nov 11, 2022
    He called me. He is amazing
    Oct 28, 2022
    Dr. Ralph provided excellent care relevant insight and was very medically and diagnostically informative.
    Oct 27, 2022
    Great experience overall!
    Oct 11, 2022
    If you had an Excellent category that would where I would put Dr. Ralph. He is EXCEPTIONAL...very lucky to have seen him at UCSF
    Oct 06, 2022
    Great experiences with Dr. Jeffrey Ralph! Very pleasant to work with.
    Oct 06, 2022
    Wow I've been dealing with this issue for over a year and a half I came to UCSF Saul Dr. Jeffrey Ralph gave me some treatment in the office had me do some testing and within two months he diagnosed my problem and now looking to start Treatment
    Oct 06, 2022
    Besides being one of the most expert MDs in his field Dr Ralph is a caring person.
    Oct 05, 2022
    DOctor was very good and very nice.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Dr Ralph showed great concern and empathy.
    Sep 24, 2022
    Dr. Ralph's diagnosis found the cause of the problem and a treatment that will lead me for a stable life.
    Sep 11, 2022
    Dr Ralph is extraordinary! I've been seeing him for a few years and on every visit whether face-to-face or By phone his ability to explain my condition sensitivity to my condition and a plan for going forward is profound.
    Sep 10, 2022
    Have recommended Dr. Ralph to friends. He is conscientious very thorough focused on me my clinical needs and he was thoughtful in recommending any treatments
    Sep 09, 2022
    Dr Ralph demonstrated a lack of concern poor explanation of the results as compared to previous testing. He simply hadn't reviewed our previous appointment to show he understood why the testing was necessary or discuss who else he would share the results with. I felt like an object he scorned not someone who's medical condition he had concern for. I will attempt to see another neurologist either at UCSF or at CPMC (Sutter Health) recommended to me by a friend who was the CEO of a neurological research company.
    Aug 25, 2022
    Dr Ralph is an excellent doctor who is concerned about my condition.
    Aug 24, 2022
    I cannot give any suggestions about how the entire visit could be improved. Everything was as it should be and to me it was perfect.
    Aug 20, 2022
    Dr. Ralph is really good.
    Aug 18, 2022
    Dr. Ralph took the time to familiarize himself with my case prior to my visit. He then spent significant time asking me questions listening to my concerns and discussing his thoughts in a clear and concise manner.
    Aug 09, 2022
    Dr. Ralph and his help are the best I have the pleasure to associate with.
    Aug 05, 2022
    Dr. Ralph is an exceptional physician and I feel very fortunate to be his patient.
    Aug 03, 2022
    Dr Ralph is extraordinary! He's followed my case for a few years and I am grateful for his steadfast care.
    Jul 27, 2022
    Except for time
    Jul 26, 2022
    Excellent evidence based care including sharing of research articles from the medical literature
    Jul 23, 2022
    Dr Ralph is excellent specialist
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr Ralph was through informative and not rushed at all
    May 29, 2022
    Dr. Jeffrey Ralph is every knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend him to anyone.
    May 18, 2022
    Dr. Ralph understands and respects my desire for the best quality of life possible with the health issues he treats me for.
    Apr 20, 2022
    Overall excellent experience I appreciated Dr. Ralph's concern his recommendations and the collaborative way that he interacted with me
    Apr 16, 2022
    I typically prepare questions for the doctor before my appointments with Dr. Ralph. He knows that and is prepared to go through them to satisfactorily respond.
    Mar 24, 2022
    It was a great visit. Coming from a place where I've only been able to see the only neurologist in my city it was good to hear something that gave me some optimism and understanding.
    Mar 16, 2022
    Good visits
    Mar 15, 2022
    Like I said it was a great visit.
    Mar 04, 2022
    I have great respect for Doctor Ralph!
    Feb 04, 2022
    Dr Ralph always is professional and we communicate well with each other.