Dr. Ratcliffe received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and completed his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic residencies at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ratcliffe is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His special interest is in the application of finite element analysis or the failing left ventricle. Dr. Ratcliffe has been on the faculty since 1993. Currently, he is Director of the Cardiac Biomechanics Laboratory.
Dr. Ratcliffe is an active member of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, San Francisco Surgical Society, American Association of Thoracic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Mark Ratcliffe, MD, Chief of Surgery at San Francisco VA Medical Center, Professor and Vice-Chair of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and member of the NCIRE Board of Directors, has been appointed chair of the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section at the National Institutes of Health.
"Surgeons may be capable of accelerating the translation of basic research into new clinical therapies. Nevertheless, most surgeon-scientists believe they are at a disadvantage in competing for peer-reviewed funding, despite a recent emphasis on "translational science" by organizations such as the NIH."
Researchers are working on a system that could show surgeons the results of an operation without their ever lifting a scalpel.