Diplomate American Board of Anesthesiology
Ralph G. Menard, MD
Diplomate American Board of Anesthesiology with Subspecialty in Pain Medicine
Diplomate American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice by World Institute of Pain
After his first tour with the U.S. Navy, Dr. Menard earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He went on to complete his internship and residency in Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia, and returned to the Navy to finish the remainder of his Naval career at the Orlando Naval Hospital as Chief of Anesthesia. He holds board certifications by several different Boards and has been recently recertified by the American Board of Anesthesiology Subspecialty in Pain Medicine.
Dr. Menard has been in the medical field since 1970 when he became a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy where he worked in hospitals, ships and with the US Marine Corp for two years during the Viet Nam conflict. During his residency in Anesthesiology he developed a deep passion for treating pain patients, taking extra training in treating pain long before it became fashionable. After completing his residency in 1985, he returned to the Navy as an Anesthesiologist and he even started a pain clinic at the Naval Hospital before most areas even heard of pain clinics. He moved to Lubbock Texas in 1989 after leaving the Navy and shortly thereafter started his own pain clinic. Dr. Menard has been treating pain patients in Lubbock longer than any other pain physician in private practice.
Dr. Menard has held a faculty position in the Anesthesiology Department at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center since 1995 and has served as one of the Medical Directors for Vista Care / Odyssey Hospice since 2000. Dr. Menard is actively involved in pain research and has been involved in multiple research studies, including spinal cord stimulator research and drug trials. He is a Faculty Instructor for St. Jude Medical, teaching other pain physicians spinal cord stimulation implantation techniques. His years of medical experience and expertise in the practice of pain management, make him one of few physicians in the region with similar credentials. When local members of the medical community find themselves or their family members in need of a pain physician, Dr. Menard is the one they call because of his extensive experience, knowledge and gentle manner.
Dr. Menard is married and has two grown children. He is very involved with his family, loves to travel with his wife, and is active in the Lubbock medical community. He loves dogs, but he is quite partial to his golden retrievers. Dr. Menard is also an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and semi-professional photographer. He is well known for his sense of humor and love of a good joke, but patients and staff also really appreciate his compassion and ability to sense when a hug is needed.