BiographyDr. Marc Ringel earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Tulane University. As a philosophy major he became especially interested in the history of science and in the "mind-body problem," issues that he has continued to examine throughout his career, from the point of view of a practicing physician and teacher. After driving a Chicago Transit Authority bus for the summer, he enrolled in the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. Then he did a rotating internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Ringel became a board-certified family physician in 1979. He earned a Certificate of Special Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2012.
On a two-year assignment with the National Health Service Corps Marc served as one of just two physicians in Yuma, Colorado a town of 2000 people. Professional isolation served to underscore practicing physicians’ need for an information system to support them. His second professional publication, which appeared in the Journal of the Medical Group Management Association, was about how to turn journal articles into files suitable for immediate reference by a busy clinician [Ringel, M.A. Filed for easy reference. Journal of the Medical Group Management Association, 1980, 27(1), 40-41.]. Ever since then Ringel has tracked the progress of medical information technology as it has moved from paper-based to networked electronics-based systems. In 1993 he published Accessing Medical Information from a Desert Island with Telephone Service [Ringel, M.A. Accessing Medical Information from a Desert Island with Telephone Service: How to Get and Organize the Information You Need to Practice Most Effectively. Greeley (Colorado): Desert Island Press, 1993.]. He co-authored with Health futurist, Jeff Bauer, Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Healthcare [Bauer, J.C., and Ringel, M. Telemedicine and the Reinvention of Healthcare: The Seventh Revolution of Medicine. Burr Ridge (Illinois): McGraw-Hill, 1999.].
For most of his career Dr. Ringel has written, spoken and consulted on issues related to medical informatics and telemedicine.
Marc has extensive practice experience, including: two years in Yuma; five years in his own family practice in Ripon, Wisconsin; nine years as a faculty member of North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Training Program in Greeley; fifteen years at Brush (Colorado) Family Medicine. Most recently he served for three years as medical director of TRU Hospice of Northern Colorado.
He has been a teacher of medical and nurse practitioner students, of family medicine residents, and of practicing physicians. He works a consultant in the field of Continuing Medical Education.
Dr. Ringel has served on the governing boards of Centennial Area Health Education Center, Colorado Health-OP (cooperative health insurance company), the Partnership of Academics and Communities for Translation of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and on community advisory boards for High Plains Research Network and the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing.Marc has lived in Greeley, CO since 1985. His hobbies include cycling, hiking, reading, gardening, photography, writing and jazz (unfortunately, just listening). He has three children and two grandchildren.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Medical informatics, telehealth, pain management, death and dying, spirituality.
Reading, cycling, jazz, hiking, gardening.
Published: Jul 18, 2017
An interview about my career as a family doctor