Ratner is a second-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus. He received his BA and MA in Anthropology from Wesleyan University. He is the creator and producer of the radio series, The Journey to Wellness in Indian Country, which airs of KUMD in Duluth. He also co-produced a training video for patients and physicians about end of life decision making for ALS patients at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He was recognized with the 2016-2017 Fisch Arts in Medicine Award for his work.