Meet Dr. Ronald T. Garry - Triple Board Certified Harvard Graduate

Dr. Garry was born and raised in New York. He was a scholar in Medicine at Stony Brook’s school of medicine and graduated with added distinction in research. He then moved to Boston where he did his Internal Medicine training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School. While at BIDMC he received the Dr. James Tullis award for intellectual growth. Dr. Garry did his Geriatric Fellowship at Harvard Medical School and upon completion joined the faculty at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School. 

While in Boston, Dr. Garry was instrumental in setting up the first Acute Care for Elderly Unit (ACE) in Boston.  ACE units are specialized geriatric units that improve outcomes for acutely ill seniors. Dr. Garry served as the medical director until relocating to Naples in 2002. 

Dr. Garry has lectured nationally on such diverse topics as elderly scuba divers, principles of geriatrics, acute care of the hospitalized elderly, and restraint reduction, among others. He has also published two books with Harvard Health Publications titled: Living Independently in Your Later Years and Living Better, Living Longer: The Secrets to Healthy Aging. He has written articles for CBSHealthWatch and Medscape and has been interviewed by various news outlets on health care policy and general geriatric topics.

Dr. Garry serves as medical director for two assisted living facilities and a home care company. He is the subsection chief of geriatrics at Naples Community Hospital. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush as an expert to the Agency of Health Care Administration. 

Ronald T. Garry, M.D. Profile

Place of Birth:

  • Seaford, New York


  • 1992 to 1996 Medical Degree with State University of New York at Distinction in research Stony Brook
  • 1988 to 1992 Bachelors of Science State University of New York at Cum Laude, Departmental Stony Brook- Chemistry major Honors

Postdoctoral Training:

  • 1999 to 2001 Fellow Geriatrics Harvard Geriatric fellowship
  • 1997 to 1999 Resident Internal Medicine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • 1996 to 1997 Intern Internal Medicine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Licensure and Certification

  • 2010 American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • 2010 Board Certified Geriatrics
  • 2009 American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Appointments

  • 2001 to 2003 Instructor of Medicine- Harvard Medical School

Hospital Appointments

  • 2007-2010 Vice Chair of Department of Medicine, Naples Community Hospital
  • 2004 - Present Subsection Chief of Geriatrics- Naples Community Hospital
  • 2001 to 2003 Clinician Educator/Division of Geriatrics- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Professional Positions

  • 2015-2017 Vice President Florida Geriatric Society
  • 2014-15 Secretary of Florida Geriatric Society
  • 2013-14 Board Member at Large Florida Geriatric Society.
  • 2014 to present Board Member Florida Geriatric Society
  • 2010 to Present Board Representative for Alzheimer’s Support Network
  • 2006 to Present Medical Advisor Parkinson Association of SouthWest Florida
  • 2003 to Present Appointed by Governor Florida as a medical expert for Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
  • 2003 to Present Subsection Chief of Geriatrics- Naples Community Hospital
  • 2009 to 2012 Board Representative for Parkinson’s Association of SouthWest Florida, Inc
  • 2007 to 2010 Board Representative for Internal Medicine- Anchor Health Centers
  • 2002 to Present Medical Director of Terracina Grand
  • 2002 to Present Medical Director of Cover at Marbella

Professional Societies

  • 2002 to Present Florida Geriatric Society Member
  • 2003 to Present Florida Medical Society Member
  • 2003 to Present Collier County Medical Society Member
  • 1997 to Present Massachusetts Medical Society Member
  • 1999 to Present American College of Physicians Fellow
  • 2000 to Present American Geriatric Society Member
  • 2000 to 2003 American Medical Director’s Association Member
  • 1997 to 2006 American Medical Association Member

Awards and Honors

  • David T Lowenthal Award for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine presented by the Florida Geriatric Society
  • COMPASS award nominee
  • GulfShore Life and US News and World Report Top Geriatric Doctor 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Top 10 Doctors Naples Internal Medicine 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Patient Choice Award 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Castle Connolly's Award 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • 2007 Physician of the Year- Anchor Health Centers
  • 2001 AMDA Futures: Scholarship to attend American Medical Directors Association Conference
  • 1999 Dr. James L. Tullis Award for “for intellectual growth and achievement as a third year resident”
  • 1990 Scholar in Medicine: A program designed to accept a limited number of students into Stony Brook’s medical
  • school while a sophomore
  • 1992 Honors degree in Chemistry
  • 1990 Alpha Epsilon Delta: Premedical honor society
  • 1988 Lion’s club and Union local 28 scholarship winner


  • 2014 Tai Chi implementation in Alzheimer’s memory care unit
  • 2001 to 2002 Studying impacts of the ACOVE unit on outcomes of care for hospitalized elderly.
  • 2000 to 2002 Characterization of elderly S.C.U.B.A. divers to learn how the aging process has affected their ability to dive.
  • 2000 to 2002 Curriculum development for obstetric and Gynecology residents during their geriatric rotation.
  • 2000 to 2002A sub-investigator at one of the clinical sites in a multi site randomized, placebo controlled study looking at the effect of growth hormone secretogogue in frail, elderly subjects looking for improvements in physical performance and body composition
  • 1990 to 1996 Conducted experiments to demonstrated that iron, selenium and citric acid are critical to the growth of the “brown tide” microalga Aureococcus Anophagefferens.
  • 1990 to 1996 Developed techniques using atomic absorption to measure trace amounts of iron in


  • 2/02 - Present Evaluator for Physical Diagnosis II
  • 7/00 - Present OSCE- Evaluator for Harvard Medical School’s standardized cases
  • 1999-01Physical Diagnosis II- Helped teach Harvard Medical Students the fundamentals of performing a physical and history


  • 2000 to 2003 Freelance writer and medical editor for WebMD, Medscapes and CBSHealthWatch
  • 2000 to 2003 Medical Editor for Harvard Medical School's Living Better, Living Longer: The secrets to healthy aging and Living Independently in Your Later Years.


  • Implementation of Tai Chi in an Alzheimer’s Memory Unit Marthe Lawrence B.S.1, Philip J. Garry2, Peter Hendrickson B.A.1, Ronald T. Garry, M.D.- Presented at FGS Orland 2014
  • Garry RT, Wei J. Characterization of Elderly Scuba Divers. Present AGS April 2000.
  • Garry RT (Consultant), Coltrera F (writer) and Dadoly AM (editor). Living Independently in Your Later Years. Harvard Health Publications, 2002
  • Garry RT (Consultant), Coltrera F (Writer) and Dadoly AM (Editor). Living Better, Living Longer: The secrets to healthy aging. Harvard Health Publications. 2001
  • Garry, R. T., Hearing, P. and Cosper, E. M. (1998). Characterization of a lytic virus infectious to the bloom-forming microalga Aureococcus anophagefferens (Pelagophyceae). Journal of Phycology 34:616-621.
  • E. M. Cosper, R. T. Garry, A. J. Milligan, M. H. Doall. Iron, Selenium and Citric Acid are Critical to the “Brown Tide” Microalga, Aureococcus Anophagefferens in Toxic Phytoplankton Blooms in the Seas, T. J. Smayda and Y. Shimizu, Eds. (Elsevier, New York, 1993), pp.667 - 673.
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