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Ralph Barbier practices in the health care area.  He regularly advises hospitals and physicians on projects requiring certificate of need, exemption or non-applicability determinations from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.  His scope of practice also includes advising hospital boards, administration, and medical staff leadership on physician credentialing and peer review issues, including investigations and the fair hearing process.  He also focuses on state health licensing issues.

Ralph received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was Research Editor of the South Carolina Law Review. He also received a degree in finance from the University of South Carolina.

Community & Professional

  • South Carolina Bar


  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Health Care, South Carolina, 2021, 2022
  • Columbia Business Monthly Legal Elite,2022 Health Care
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law, Since 2011 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for "Lawyer of the Year" in Health Care Law for Columbia in 2013
  • Leadership Columbia Graduate


Speaker, "Legal Trends in Hospital Credentialing and Peer Review", South Carolina Medical Association's Seventh Annual Health Law Symposium, February 2013

Speaker, Third Southeastern Health Planning Symposium, March 2010, Charlotte, NC

"Make the Most of Protecting Your Quality and Safety Information", South Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Hospital Risk Managers, May 2009


  • South Carolina
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