Edward Ratner

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)


Administrator Info
Email: gimadmin@umn.edu
Mail: 420 Delaware ST SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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.

Research Summary

Home Health, Telemedicine, End of Life Care, Geriatrics


MD, University of Chicago

Professional Memberships

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

Selected Publications

Vawter, L, Ratner, ER, The Need for POLST: Minnesota’s Initiative, Minnesota Medicine, 93(1):42-46 2010,