Dr. Ratner was raised in San Antonio. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was a Sarnoff Fellow for Research in Cardiovascular Science while in medical school. He performed his post-graduate training in Diagnostic Radiology and was a Felix Bloch Fellow for MRI Research at Stanford University.
He is a physician entrepreneur and was in the private practice of Radiology for almost 20 years in San Antonio. Upon retirement from private practice he co-founded the Patient Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering patients and caregivers to better navigate the healthcare system. Dr Ratner continues to chair The Patient Institute. Prior to joining the faculty of the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Ratner served as the Stewart and Marianne Reuter Endowed Professor of Medical Humanities as well as Clinical Professor and Deputy Chair for Strategic Development and Socioeconomics in the Department of Radiology at UT Health San Antonio.
Dr. Ratner is a commercially-rated pilot, devoted cyclist and computer-guy. He and his amazing and beautiful wife, Varda, have two children and would be considered empty nesters but for their small army of loving and spoiled pets.