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Robert J. Ronis, MD, MPH

Robert J. Ronis, MD, MPH

Dr. Ronis is the Douglas Danford Bond Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.  He also serves as Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry for the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Psychiatrist-in-Chief for the University Hospitals Health System. 

A CWRU Medicine graduate, Dr. Ronis completed his residency in Psychiatry at University Hospitals (UH). As a National Health Services Corps volunteer, he was the first full-time psychiatrist in southeastern Ohio for four years before returning to UH to develop its Community Psychiatry program in 1990. He was Residency Training Director and Vice Chair of Psychiatry from 1996–2004, and Interim Chair in 1999–2000 and from 2005 until his selection as permanent chair in 2007.

Dr. Ronis was co-founder of the Public Academic Liaison (“PAL”) Program, a model collaboration for clinical service and community-based research with Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board. Since 1990 PAL has provided more than 800,000 hours of clinical and educational services and developed model curricula for medical education in community mental health. Among Dr. Ronis’ other innovations are the biennial All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry, and the Mental Health Executive Leadership Program in collaboration with the Weatherhead School at CWRU. He also led an interdisciplinary workforce development initiative funded by the MEDTAPP (Medicaid Office of Technical Assistance and Program Policy) office, including training of physicians, psychologists, advance-practice nurses and other healthcare professionals in public and community psychiatry.  

Dr. Ronis is also the Co-Director and founder of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at CWRU, a collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, which provides training, dissemination, and consultative services for the delivery of Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment, Supported Employment, Tobacco Recovery, and other evidence-based and best-practice approaches to serving the seriously mentally ill. Primarily supported by the Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Medicaid Services, the Center provides contract services as well to 18 other states and 3 countries.

Dr. Ronis received his Master’s in Public Health from the Ohio State University in 1995 and completed a NIDA/NIAAA/OSAP sponsored Faculty Development Program on Alcoholism and Other Substance Use Disorders. He is a 1990 diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry in 1994. He is a Past President of the Cleveland Psychiatric Society and the Ohio Psychiatric Association and has served on the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association and on the Board of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. He is a past Chairman of the NAMI Greater Cleveland Medical Advisory Board and has served on the Boards of the Woodruff Foundation and the Positive Education Program in Cleveland.  

Dr. Ronis recently served as a Psychiatry Director for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and served as Vice Chair of the ABPN in 2017. He was a member of the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) from 2012–2017.  

Dr. Ronis serves the ABFM on the Professionalism Committee, the Research & Development Committee, and the Engagement & Communication Committee.