Dr. Ralph Sanchez graduated from Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Philosophy and completed his pre-medical education. While at Hopkins he authored and co-authored several original research papers on glaucoma. He went on to receive his medical degree (MD) and Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Yale University School of Medicine, where he continued research on the epidemiology of glaucoma and it's possible association with other systemic illness. He completed an internship in general medicine and his residency in Ophthalmology at Yale, and became Chief Resident in Ophthalmology in 1994. Continuing his clinical and research interests in glaucoma, he completed a fellowship at Yale University. He practiced in Portland, Maine for several years before moving to the Albany area in 2000, when he joined Glaucoma Consultants.

Dr. Sanchez has traveled extensively to serve on medical missions in underserved areas of the world, including Peru, Guatemala, Paraguay, China and Cambodia. He has served on the faculty for Project Orbis, a fully equipped flying eye hospital, teaching glaucoma treatment and surgical techniques to ophthalmologists in developing countries. Dr. Sanchez continues to integrate his medical knowledge and understanding of glaucoma with a humanitarian approach rooted in his background in philosophy and public health. This is a task he finds increasingly difficult in our current financial and business centered medical environment. He is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.