Ralph Haynes, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine


Ralph Haynes, MD completed his undergraduate education at West Virginia University and received his medical degree from Emory University in 1970. Dr. Haynes completed his internship at Boston City Hospital, followed by military service and residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington. This was followed by a year-long pulmonary fellowship at Emory in 1973 and two years of pulmonary research fellowship with Dr. Roland Ingram at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School (1974–1976), where his research focused on the mechanisms of asthma.

He was then recruited by Dr. J. Willis Hurst to return to Emory as an assistant professor of medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Haynes subsequently transitioned to Emory's clinical pulmonary faculty and practiced at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, but he remained active as an attending physician at Grady on the internal medicine, pulmonary, and critical care services. He was named a clinical associate professor in 1987 and promoted to clinical professor in 1993. Over the course of his time at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. Haynes developed the pulmonary rehabilitation program and served as chair of medicine, chief medical officer, and vice president of medical affairs until leaving for a five-year assignment (2009-2014) to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He received an MBA from Liverpool University (England) in 2011.

Dr. Haynes also pursued a parallel career with the U.S. Army Reserves, rising to the rank of major general and serving progressively as the deputy surgeon general of the Army, commanding general of the military’s only worldwide deployable medical command, and, finally, as the most senior medical officer on the joint staff at the Pentagon, with responsibilities for 74,000 military medical personnel of all three services. This involved interesting activities on five continents. His primary focus was the development of military medical support for mass casualty scenarios, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest peacetime award.

Dr. Haynes is board-certified in pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. He returned to Emory as an assistant professor of medicine in 2016, and he is currently based at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. He has contributed to chapters in textbooks and has a continued interest in airway problems.