About Us

For over 60 years, women of all ages have entrusted their unique healthcare needs to RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the years, we have happily partnered in the birth of over 33,000 babies and strongly believe in providing sensitive and personalized care through every phase of a woman’s life.

Our History

While finishing his residency at Cook County Hospital, Dr. Ralph Ryan enjoyed raising his rapidly growing family in Elmhurst. He decided to open his practice in town in July of 1955. Using a small area in the back of a general surgery practice, his practice grew rapidly, and in his first full year he delivered nearly a hundred babies. Within several years he was looking for bigger office space and a partner.  In 1961, Dr. John “Jack” Picchietti began helping out in the practice a couple of nights a week during his last year of residency at Cook County Hospital. By the time Dr. Picchietti joined the practice in July of that year, Dr. Ryan was delivering nearly 400 babies a year by himself. The practice quickly grew, as did the area.

By 1971, the practice was bustling as much as their homes. With eight children in each family, delivering nearly 900 babies a year and performing many gynecologic surgeries, Drs. Ryan and Picchietti were looking for relief. When Dr. Ryan was laid up recovering from gall bladder surgery, Dr. Picchietti asked another obstetrician on staff, who was becoming busier, if he would help out. When Dr. Ryan returned to the practice, he asked the nurses how the patients liked the doctor who was filling in. Their reply was, “Better than you guys!” With that response, and realizing they had much in common with the married father of nine children, they asked Dr. James “Scully” Watts, to join the practice. They made the new physician feel welcomed, and the practice was named RPW Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Our Philosophy

We believe in providing sensitive, personalized care of the highest quality to women of all ages. We believe in having open discussions with patients to address the issues they find most important, and working with patients to find the management options that fit them best. We strive to provide this care in a comfortable and compassionate environment. In short, we want to provide care that we would want for our own families.

Hospital Affiliations

We are affiliated with Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and perform all deliveries and surgeries there, with the exception of office-based surgeries.

Speaker’s Bureau

RPW is proud to provide guest speakers to social clubs, business groups, school career days, church groups, civic organizations, health fairs or other events. Call our office at 630-832-4210 to confirm availability and schedule dates.