Edward Ratner, MD

Edward Ratner

420 Delaware ST SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Dr. Ratner received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College. Medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine were at University of Chicago and affiliate hospitals. Post-residency training in Geriatric Medicine has included the Harvard's Geriatric Education Center, the Home Medicine Program at Boston University, and the University of Minnesota's Internal Medicine Geriatric Fellowship. His clinical practice currently focuses on care in the home, on behalf of the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Program of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He serves on the Graduate faculty in three programs: Bioethics, Gerontology and Health Informatics. Research and teaching interests include bioethics, home care, interprofessional education, end of life care, and ALS. His current projects include an AHRQ funded study of decision aids in advance care planning, development of a statewide POLST form and creation of service learning opportunities for medical and other graduate students.


Awards & Recognition

  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics
  • 2011 University of Minnesota Faculty Community Service Award


Professional Associations

  • President of Infingo, LLC; Founder of Housescall Specialists, PLLC
  • American Academy of Home Care Physicians (Past President)
  • Minnesota Medical Directors Association (Past President)


Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Graduate Faculty Member, Institute for Health Informatics (IHI)

Graduate Faculty Member, Center for Bioethics

Graduate Faculty Member, Center for Gerontological Nursing

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics (IHI)


Medical Director, Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, Roseville, MN

Medical School, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Residency, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago,IL

Fellowship, Boston University - Harvard, MA

Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor's Degree, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

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Research Summary/Interests

Home Health, Telemedicine, End of Life Care, Geriatrics


  • Ratner, ER, West, M, Hartwig, KN, Meyer, BC, What the VA can teach us about geriatric care. Minnesota Medicine, 96(1): 42-3 2013
  • Allen, SA, Miller, J, Ratner, ER, Santilli, J, The educational and financial impact of using patient educators to teach introductory physical exam skills Med Teach. 2011;33(11):911-8.
  • Vawter, L, Ratner, ER, The Need for POLST: Minnesota’s Initiative, Minnesota Medicine, 93(1):42-46 2010
  • Song, S, Ratner, ER, Wall, MM, Bartels, DM, Ulvestad, N, Petroskas, D, West, M, Weber-Main, AM, Grengs, L, Gelberg, L, Effect of an End-of-Life Planning Intervention on the Completion of Advance Directives in Homeless Persons: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2010 Jul;153(2):76-84.
  • Hayashi, J, DeCherrie, L, Ratner, ER, Boling, P, Workforce Development in Geriatric Home Care, Clinics of Geriatrics 25(1):109-120, 2009


Board Certifications

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Certificate in Home Care (AAHCP)
  • Certificate in Home Health Agency Medical Direction (AAHCP)