Steve Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH

Steve Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Utah in 1982 where he served as chief resident. He fulfilled a two year commitment in the National Health Service Corps working at the Northwest Community Health Center in Salt Lake City from 1982 to 2002. He also completed a Robert Woods Johnson Fellowship in Family Medicine that included the completion of an MSPH degree from the University of Utah in 1986.

Dr. Ratcliffe served as medical director of the Salt Lake Community Health Center, Inc. from 1985 to 1990 during which time the system grew from three to five centers. Beginning in 1985, Dr. Ratcliffe served as the principle investigator in a number of March of Dimes grants that focused on the prevention/reduction of low birth weight babies. This has led to a career long focus in this particular area.

Beginning in 1990, Dr. Ratcliffe began to increase his focus on academic medicine while maintaining his original continuity practice at the Northwest CHC. He became the medical director of the Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1990 and served in that role until 2002. In 1993 he became the Division Chief of Family Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine until assuming the position of Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency in 1998. He served as principle investigator on three HRSA Family Medicine Training Grants and three HRSA Faculty Development Grants including the Master Teacher Fellowship that began in 2001. He began the University of Utah Family Medicine Obstetric Fellowship in 1998 and served as co-director until 2002.

Dr. Ratcliffe has served in a national leadership role in the area of maternity care. He was an original collaborator in the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Program. He has served as faculty in all but one of the AAFP Family Centered Maternity Care Conferences between 1992 and 2010. He is the senior editor of all three editions of Family Medicine Obstetrics.

In 2002, Dr. Ratcliffe and his family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to become the director of the Lancaster Family Medicine Residency. He helped initiate the Lancaster General Research Institute that provides the faculty resources to support residents with their required CQI projects. Since 2004, Dr. Ratcliffe has directed the IMPLICIT Network of 15 family medicine residencies that have used CQI methods that have resulted in a 30% decrease in premature infants in these practices. Dr. Ratcliffe also has a special interest in the development of sustainable collaborations between residencies and federally qualified health centers.

Dr. Ratcliffe and his wife Anita have 5 wonderful children.