Title: Medical Director, Addiction Medical Specialist, Chronic Pain Specialist
Company: Bay Mark Health Services
Location: Port Angeles, Washington, United States
Ronald Bergman, MD, MPH, Col., USAF (Ret) has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and military service.
In the more than four decades of his career, Dr. Bergman has helped countless people through his work as a doctor, U.S. Air Force Colonel and consultant. In the early days of his military service, he worked on an aircrew tanker and was alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He spoke with his co-pilot who told him of his plans to go to dental school. This discussion led him to consider what he would like to do outside of his service, and he felt medical school would best support his passions. After leaving his military service, he earned an MD from The Ohio State University in 1972 and rejoined the Air Force to fulfill his residency in Aerospace Occupational Medicine. He also continued with a residency in pathology at the St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon. In 1982, he rounded out his academic pursuits by earning an MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health. In his career, Dr. Bergman received a Suboxone Treatment Certification, a Vivitrol Treatment Certification, as well as Board-Certification from the American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical) and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Additionally, he is a Chronic Pain Sub-Specialist and has licensure with the State of Washington.
Since 2018, Dr. Bergman has leveraged his skills and expertise as an addiction specialist, medical examiner and public health advocate as a consultant to the Port Angeles, Washington community. His previous experience as a director of integrative pain management with the Lower Elwha Health Clinic, and with various roles with the Bay Clinic Inc., and the Virginia Mason Medical Center have set him apart in his field. In addition, Dr. Bergman garnered experience with the United States Air Force Medical Corp as a Senior Flight Surgeon, Senior Medical Officer and Executive Manager from 1976 until his retirement in 1996. His hospital appointments have included time with the Kaiser Permanente Group in Hawaii, Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA, and as the Chief of Hospital Services at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
During his time in this service, he received recognition as the Command Flight Surgeon of the Year in 1979 and receiving the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award in 1991. Dr. Bergman has also been award a Legion of Merit in 1995 and a Humanitarian Service Award. Furthermore, his service has been cemented on the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bergman has remained consistent in helping others. He participated in medical missions to Nicaragua and Haiti, and has received grants from SAMHSA and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office “to implement a Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Program.” With passion threaded into all of his work, Dr. Bergman maintained professional affiliations to the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM), the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) and the American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM). Dr. Bergman is proud of his work in advocating for healthy pain management alternatives, curriculum for at-risk youth, and in executive leadership. Looking toward the future, Dr. Bergman sees himself still practicing and continuing to advocate health, diet and exercise practices.
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