Dr. Ralph Feigin was born in New York City on April 3, 1938. He received his A.B. degree from Columbia College in New York City in 1958 and his M.D. degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1962. He completed a Pediatric Internship at the Boston City Hospital from 1962–63 and served as a Pediatric Resident at the Boston City Hospital from 1963–64 and at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1964–65. He subsequently completed a Research Assignment with the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick, Maryland from 1965–67. From 1967–68 he served as Chief Resident of the Children's Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Feigin was a member of the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri from 1968 to 1977 when he was serving as Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Bacteriology and Serology Laboratories at the St. Louis Children's Hospital.
In July of 1977, Dr. Feigin was appointed and currently serves as the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the Texas Children's Hospital. In addition, he is Physician-in-Chief, Pediatric Services, Ben Taub General Hospital (Harris County Hospital District), and Chief of the Pediatric Service, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas. In 1992 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Baylor College of Medicine and in 1994 he was appointed Dean of Medical Education for the School, positions he held until his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Baylor College of Medicine in January of 1996. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer until March of 2003.
Dr. Feigin was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society, in 1961. He was the recipient of an USPHS Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1970. He received the Senior Class Award to the Outstanding Teacher of the Year from Washington University School of Medicine in 1975, was recognized as an Alumni Teaching Scholar at Washington University School of Medicine in 1975, and was the recipient of the Founders Day Award from Washington University School of Medicine in 1977. He has received the Senior Class Outstanding Teacher Award from Baylor College of Medicine in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 (both the May and November graduating classes), 1984, 1985 and 1986. In 1984 he was elected to the Outstanding Faculty Hall of Fame of Baylor College of Medicine. In 1989 Dr. Feigin received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston University School of Medicine. In 1995 Dr. Feigin received the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr., Leadership Award and, also in 1995, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. He received the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society in 1996 and was the recipient of the 1997 American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Education Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1998 Dr. Feigin received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Boston University at the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Feigin is the recipient of the 2007 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award.
Dr. Feigin is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, of which he served as President from 1982 to 1983, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Pediatric Society, of which he served as President from 1997 to 1998, and the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairmen, of which he served as President from 1991 to 1993. He is a member of numerous other national, state and local organizations, including have served as a member of the Board of Governors and Finance Committee of the National Institutes of Health Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center from 2000 to 2005.
Dr. Feigin is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric infectious diseases and has over 500 published articles or chapters in journals and books. In addition, he is the co-author and co-editor of the following books: Nutrition and the Developing Nervous System, published by the C.V. Mosby Company in 1975; Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, published by the W.B. Saunders Company, in 1981 (first edition), second edition in 1987, third edition in 1992, fourth edition in 1998, and a fifth edition in 2003; Roundsmanship ’89: A Yearbook Guide to Clinical Medicine; Roundsmanship ’90: A Yearbook Guide to Clinical Medicine; Roundsmanship ’91–’92: A Yearbook Guide to Clinical Medicine; Roundsmanship ’92–’93: A Student's Survival Guide to Clinical Medicine Using Current Literature; and Roundsmanship ’93–’94: A Student's Survival Guide to Clinical Medicine Using Current Literature, published by Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc.; and Principles and Practice of Pediatrics, published by J.B. Lippincott Company in 1990 (first edition), 1994 (second edition), (book title changed to Oski's Pediatrics: Principles and Practice in 1999 (third edition) and 2006 (fourth edition). He is Associate Editor for Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Editor, Pediatrics Division, for UpToDate, Inc. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Seminars in Pediatric Infectious Diseases from 1989 until 2007.