Dr. Ralph Luciani attended medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated Valedictorian in 1969. He did his Internship in Internal Medicine at Wilford Hall, U.S. Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1972, he left the Air Force and entered private family practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He became Board Certified in Family Practice in 1976. In 1973 and 1974, he studied Oriental Medicine both here and in the Orient and received a Ph.D. in Medical Acupuncture in 1974 for his research in pain and functional disorders.
He re-entered the Air Force in 1980 as an Aeromedical Research Physician and for the next several years was the Air Force Medical Liaison for the NASA Space Shuttle Program. While in the Air Force, he received an M.S. degree in Aerospace Medicine, completed his residency requirements for the Board of Preventive Medicine and became Board Certified in 1983. In 1987, he was the first to obtain clearance from the Air Force Surgeon General to practice acupuncture in an Air Force hospital. At that time, he also helped organize a pain and stress program in the Air Force Medical Center at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. As the only Department of Defense physician trained and certified by NASA for the Mission Control Room, Dr. Luciani was one of two consulting physicians directing the Lovelace Foundation design for a health maintenance facility for the coming NASA International Space Station. He left the Air Force for the active reserves in 1988 to begin his own pain and stress practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is now the founder and Medical Director of the Albuquerque Clinic for Pain, Stress and Health Rehabilitation.
In 1988, he received training in Nutritional Medicine by the American College for Advancement in Medicine and passed the Diplomate candidacy examination. In 1991, he then became board certified by the American Board of Chelation Therapy. He also studied Homeopathic Medicine with the National Center for Homeopathy, in Washington DC in 1988. He received personal training in Homotoxicology in 1989 and 1990. In 1989, he became a certified specialist in pain management as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is also a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and practices environmental immunotherapy.