Dr. Ragde developed:
• Transrectal prostate ultrasound into clinical practice.
• The currently used transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy method.
• Transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate brachytherapy with radiation oncologist, John Blasko (currently, 55% of newly diagnosed men with prostate cancer in the U.S. select this treatment modality). Drs. Ragde and Blasko taught the brachytherapy technique to physicians in the U.S. and worldwide.
• Dr. Ragde, together with U.S. and International radiation oncologists has performed close to 4000 successful
Dr. Ragde established:
• Pacific Northwest Cancer Foundation, which eventually spawned Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. a biotech company specializing in immunotherapy, and where he served as a director until June 10, 2004.
• Before retiring from active practice in 2003, he established the Haakkon Ragde Foundation for Advanced Cancer Studies in 2002. Commencing in 2005, the Foundation has conducted "proof of concept" clinical prostate cancer immunotherapy trials in the Philippines, and the currently ongoing advanced prostate cancer immunotherapy trial in Ventura, California under FDA auspices. In 2007 the Haakon Ragde Foundation co- sponsored the first Word Congress on Cryotherapy/Cryo-immunotherapy for Cancer in Beijing, China.
Dr. Ragde served as:
Member, BOD, Alliance for Progress, State of Connecticut. During this time he traveled extensively in Brazil's hinterland, and together with Catholic priests established medical services for the "poor and downtrodden."
Surgeon-in-Chief, Danang Civilian Hospital, Vietnam 1965 to provide surgical care for war-injured civilians.
Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army.
Consultant to the World Rehabilitation Organization, New York, N.Y., traveling extensively in Vietnam to follow-up on wounded Vietnamese soldiers who had undergone rehabilitation at a New York Hospital.
Chairman, Senator Henry M. Jackson re-election to the U.S. Senate, 1976.
Washington State Delegate to the Democratic Party Convention 1976.
Washington State Delegate to the National Marine Fishery Advisory Committee, 1977-1980, with the goal to replace the extensive foreign fishing fleet operating in US waters with American vessels.
Member of the Development Committee for the School of Internationl Studies, University of Washington, 1980-1982.
Accompanied Senator Henry M. Jackson on four of his official trips to China.
Member of the U.S. State Department Development Assessment Team to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1995, designed to improve medical services of the "dirt provinces" of the former Soviet Union.
U.S. Delegate to the World Health Organization's "First International Consultation on Prostate Cancer," Monaco 1996.
Currently the Haakon Ragde Foundation is negotiating with European physicians to establish an immunotherapy center for prostate cancer in Malaga, Spain.
Dr. Ragde holds a professionship in Urology at the University of Virginia, his alma mater. He is the only physician who resides outside the state of Virginia who has been awarded such illustrious recognition. In 1997 he was one of 30 Americans bestowed with Honorary Membership in the International Union against Cancer. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers, several textbook chapters, and he has been an invited speaker to major scientific conferences and unversities in the U.S. and worldwide.