Elena Ratner

Set Your Location to See Relevant Information

Setting your location helps us to show you nearby providers and locations based on your healthcare needs.

Elena S. Ratner

Elena S. Ratner, MD

Director of Early Ovarian Cancer Detection Program, Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Stamford Health, Director of Gynecologic Oncology, Yale University, and Director and Founder of Sexuality & Intimacy in Menopause Program


  • Primary Location

    Women's Specialty Center

    One Hospital Plaza Whittingham Pavilion Stamford, CT 06902

    Main: 203-276-2030
    Fax: 203-276-7908

About Me

As a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Elena Ratner partners with women throughout their cancer journey, delivering comprehensive, personalized care.

Dr. Ratner practices bench-to-bedside research, examining her patient’s tumors and identifying their specific types of cancer. This allows her to design an effective, individualized treatment plan for each patient. In her lab, she also works to develop new chemotherapy and cancer drugs that effectively treat cancer and improve quality of life for her patients.

Dr. Ratner is passionate about early detection and prevention of cancers. As director of the Early Ovarian Cancer Detection Program, she helps women who are at high risk for ovarian cancer receive the appropriate screening and prophylactic options. Much of her research also focuses on identifying cancer genes and tumor markers, helping physicians understand which women are at risk for cancer. She hopes that through this important research, she and her fellow researchers can improve prevention techniques and ultimately eradicate gynecologic cancer.

Dr. Ratner helps her patients experience a high quality of life throughout treatment and into survivorship by fitting treatment around their lives and providing targeted therapies with as few side effects as possible. She works hard with each patient to preserve a sense of normalcy and to prevent cancer from taking over their lives. As the founder of the

Sexuality & Intimacy in Menopause Program, she helps survivors of cancer reconnect with their bodies using a multidisciplinary approach, including counseling, hormone therapy and other techniques.

As a result of her commitment to gynecologic cancer care, Dr. Ratner has received many awards for her teaching, research and patient care. Most recently, she was given Yale University Smilow Cancer Center Award for Clinical Excellence.


English and Russian

Special Interests

Cancer prevention

Early detection Survivorship Quality of life Sexuality in menopause


  • Gynecologic Oncology


Medical School

University of Buffalo


Yale New Haven Hospital


Yale New Haven Hospital

Published Work

Platinum desensitization in patients with carboplatin hypersensitivity: A single-institution retrospective study.
Altwerger G, Gressel GM, English DP, Nelson WK, Carusillo N, Silasi DA, Azodi M, Santin A, Schwartz PE, Ratner ES.
Gynecol Oncol. 2017 Jan;144(1):77-82. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.09.027.

MK-2206 sensitizes BRCA-deficient epithelial ovarian adenocarcinoma to cisplatin and olaparib.
Whicker ME, Lin ZP, Hanna R, Sartorelli AC, Ratner ES.
BMC Cancer. 2016 Jul 27;16:550. doi: 10.1186/s12885-016-2598-1.

Triapine potentiates platinum-based combination therapy by disruption of homologous recombination repair.
Ratner ES, Zhu YL, Penketh PG, Berenblum J, Whicker ME, Huang PH, Lee Y, Ishiguro K, Zhu R, Sartorelli AC, Lin ZP.
Br J Cancer. 2016 Mar 29;114(7):777-86. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2016.54.

A series of malignant ovarian cancers arising from within a mature cystic teratoma: a single institution experience.
Black JD, Roque DM, Pasternak MC, Buza N, Rutherford TJ, Schwartz PE, McCarthy S, Ratner E.
Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2015 Jun;25(5):792-7. doi: 10.1097/IGC.0000000000000431.

The clinical impact of gynecologic MRI.
Ratner ES, Staib LH, Cross SN, Raji R, Schwartz PE, McCarthy SM. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Mar;204(3):674-80. doi: 10.2214/AJR.14.12567.

Distinct mechanisms of cell-kill by triapine and its terminally dimethylated derivative Dp44mT due to a loss or gain of activity of their copper(II) complexes.
Ishiguro K, Lin ZP, Penketh PG, Shyam K, Zhu R, Baumann RP, Zhu YL, Sartorelli AC, Rutherford TJ, Ratner ES.
Biochem Pharmacol. 2014 Oct 1;91(3):312-22. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2014.08.006.

Institutional review of primary non-hodgkin lymphoma of the female genital tract: a 33-year experience.
Ahmad AK, Hui P, Litkouhi B, Azodi M, Rutherford T, McCarthy S, Xu ML, Schwartz PE, Ratner E.
Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2014 Sep;24(7):1250-5. doi: 10.1097/IGC.0000000000000201.

Sexual function in older women after oophorectomy.
Erekson EA, Martin DK, Zhu K, Ciarleglio MM, Patel DA, Guess MK, Ratner ES. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Oct;120(4):833-42.

Oophorectomy: the debate between ovarian conservation and elective oophorectomy.
Erekson EA, Martin DK, Ratner ES. Menopause. 2013 Jan;20(1):110-4. doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31825a27ab. Review.

Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors: on the horizon of tailored and personalized therapies for epithelial ovarian cancer.
Ratner ES, Sartorelli AC, Lin ZP. Curr Opin Oncol. 2012 Sep;24(5):564-71. doi: 10.1097/CCO.0b013e3283564230. Review.

Sexual satisfaction in the elderly female population: A special focus on women with gynecologic pathology.
Ratner ES, Erekson EA, Minkin MJ, Foran-Tuller KA. Maturitas. 2011 Nov;70(3):210-5. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2011.07.015. Review.

A KRAS-variant in ovarian cancer acts as a genetic marker of cancer risk.
Ratner E, Lu L, Boeke M, Barnett R, Nallur S, Chin LJ, Pelletier C, Blitzblau R, Tassi R, Paranjape T, Hui P, Godwin AK, Yu H, Risch H, Rutherford T, Schwartz P, Santin A, Matloff E, Zelterman D, Slack FJ, Weidhaas JB. Cancer Res. 2010 Aug 15;70(16):6509-15. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-10-0689.


MicroRNA signatures differentiate uterine cancer tumor subtypes.
Ratner ES, Tuck D, Richter C, Nallur S, Patel RM, Schultz V, Hui P, Schwartz PE, Rutherford TJ, Weidhaas JB. Gynecol Oncol. 2010 Sep;118(3):251-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2010.05.010.


Sexuality and intimacy after gynecological cancer.
Ratner ES, Foran KA, Schwartz PE, Minkin MJ. Maturitas. 2010 May;66(1):23-6. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.01.015. Review.


Brain metastases in epithelial ovarian and primary peritoneal carcinoma.
Ratner ES, Toy E, O'Malley DM, McAlpine J, Rutherford TJ, Azodi M, Higgins SA, Schwartz PE. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2009 Jul;19(5):856-9. doi: 10.1111/IGC.0b013e3181a83301.

Board Certifications

  • Gynecologic Oncology - American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Society of Gynecologic Oncology

American College of Radiology NRG Oncology

Academic Appointment

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale School of Medicine

Co-Chief, Section of Gynecologic Oncology, Yale School of Medicine

If you are in need of emergency care, call 911.

The majority of the physicians on the Stamford Hospital Medical Staff are not employees or agents of the Hospital. They are independent practitioners who have been granted the privilege of using the Hospital's facilities for the care and treatment of their patients. This includes, but is not limited to, emergency department physicians, anesthesiologists, radiologists, surgeons, cardiologists, obstetricians, pathologists and other consultants who may treat patients.

Insurance listings are subject to change at any time. Please verify insurance plan acceptance when scheduling an appointment with a healthcare provider.

Our website uses cookies

This website uses cookies to give you the very best experience. Your continued use of this site is considered permission by you to use cookies in this manner. Please review our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for more information about the data we collect and the types of cookies we use. Please note, if you link off our website to a 3rd party site of any kind, that website has its own terms and conditions.