Meet Dr. Ravnik
Anthony S. Ravnik, M.D., a Hill Health internist in Oakland, developed an interest in the healing field during his childhood in Northern Italy, an area now part of Slovenia. The son of a country veterinarian, Dr. Ravnik remembers tagging along with his father as he visited the animals and imitating his father in writing prescriptions for them.
After immigrating to the United States as a teenager, he settled with the family in Oakland. An early friendship with a physician studying for his state board examination rekindled Dr. Ravnik’s interest in the medical field. He completed his medical schooling at the University of California in Berkeley and San Francisco. He then served in the U.S. Army as a flight surgeon, including a tour of duty in Korea.
During residency training he developed a special interest in cardiology. After joining an established internal medicine practice in Oakland, he was able to take a preceptorship in cardiology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. This prepared him to be in charge of the newly established coronary unit at Providence Hospital in Oakland (now part of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center).
He also served as president of the medical staff at Providence Hospital.
His main interest, however, remained in general internal medicine. “I really enjoy solving a wide range of medical problems and dealing with the whole person rather than just a specific area” he says.
Counting his residency years, Dr. Ravnik has spent nearly his entire 50-year career in Oakland and appreciates the long-term relationships he has established with his patients. Having spent his childhood in Northern Italy, he can converse fluently with his Italian patients. He is also fluent in Slovenian and is able to communicate with his patients in Serbo-Croatian as well.
Dr. Ravnik says that he is deeply grateful to his patients for putting their trust and confidence in him over the years. “Many of my patients have dealt with life and death situations and I realize the importance of my input,” he adds. “I am very thankful for all of my experiences.”
When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Ravnik spends time travelling to Europe and Hawaii and visiting his grandchildren who are now in Montana. He also enjoys photography and going to the symphony and the opera.
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Medical School: University of California San Francisco Medicine
Residency: Alameda County Medical Center - Highland Campus, California Pacific Medical Center, University of California San Francisco Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine 1971- LIFE
Languages: Italian, Slovenian, English
Patients who need inpatient hospital care will be directed to the nearby
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
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