Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD received her MD and PhD from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her residency at the University of Washington. While completing her residency, she found an appreciation for doing clinical work and helping patients. While Dr. Ratzliff was chief resident, she discovered that she enjoyed working in education as well.
Dr. Ratzliff's first job out of residency was in the collaborative care field where she was able to work with patients, in teams, and in education. Integrated care began to grow from a few cities to statewide, and she was asked to develop teaching materials. She is currently working on expanding training in collaborative care within Washington State, as well as with the American Psychiatry Association to educate 10% of all psychiatrists in the U.S. in this method.
Dr. Ratzliff believes that her work with the APA is the most influential work that she has done in her career and hopes that it will help the most patients. Five years from now, Dr. Ratzliff hopes that most people will be able to access collaborative care.