James Ralabate, UB's Physician Assistant Institute (PAI)

Medical Director, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Institute (PAI)

Residency, Bridgeport/Yale New Haven Hospital, 1981-1985 (named Chief Resident 1985)
M.D., Medicine, Albany Medical College of Union University, 1977-1981
B.A., Chemistry, Wesleyan University, Cum Laude, 1973-1977

Office Location: Eleanor N. Dana Hall (END Hall) – Suite 201
Telephone: (203) 576-2400
Email: jralabat@bridgeport.edu

Dr. James Ralabate is the Medical Director of the PAI program of the University of Bridgeport. He has over 29 years of clinical and academic teaching experience in Primary Care. He received his undergraduate BA degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, Cum Laude, at Wesleyan University, in June 1977. Dr. Ralabate completed his medical school training at the Albany Medical College of Union University, Doctor of Medicine, with Honors, in June 1981. He completed his internship/residency in a 4 year Medicine/Pediatric program at Yale New Haven Hospital/Bridgeport Hospital in June 1985. He was Chief Resident during the academic year 1985. Dr. Ralabate has been licensed in the State of Connecticut since 1983, and became board certified in Internal Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1987, and board certified in Pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics in 1987. He has professional memberships in the Connecticut State Medical Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Ralabate was named one of the top physicians in Connecticut Magazine in 1996 and 2004, and was named one of Connecticut’s Top Doctors in the Westport Magazine in 2013. He has been affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and Griffin Hospital. He currently maintains a family practice in Stratford, Conn., with 3 mid-level providers, including a recently-hired UB PAI graduate. He is active in teaching medical students and mid-level PA and APRN students through his office practice. Dr. Ralabate has a special interest in caring for the disabled, and has been the Medical Director at the Ella Grasso Center of the Department of Disability Services through the State of Connecticut since 1995. Dr. Ralabate has a genuine interest and desire to train future medical providers in the field of family medicine, and has a strong commitment to instilling the “art” of medicine to his students, with professionalism, bedside approach, and respect to his patients. His approach to medicine will instruct future PA students at UB to the program motto: Adiuvare, Mederi, Communiter; TO HELP, TO HEAL, TOGETHER. He is proud to be a member of the faculty at University of Bridgeport PAI.


Courses Taught

  • Medical Seminars 2013-14, 2014-15


Areas of Interest

  • Case-based studies
  • Critical Thinking


Honors & Awards

  • Connecticut’s Top Doctors, Westport Magazine, 2013 Top Physicians in Connecticut Magazine, 1996 and 2004