Elizabeth Virginia Ratchford, M.D.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Vascular Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Aneurysms, Aortic Aneurysms, Arterial Aneurysm, Arterial Occlusive Disease, Arterial Ultrasound, Atherosclerosis, Atherosclerosis Imaging, Cardiovascular Disease, Carotid Artery Disease, Carotid Artery Stenosis, Carotid Ultrasound, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Claudication, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Dyslipidemia, Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), High Cholesterol, Intermittent Claudication, Non-Invasive Flow Studies (NIFS), Peripheral Arterial Aneurysms, Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), Peripheral Vascular Disease, Renal Artery Disease, Risk Factor Modification, Stroke, Subclinical Atherosclerosis, Thromboembolic Disease, Vascular Disease, Vascular Medicine, Vascular Ultrasound, Venous Disease, Venous Thromboembolism ...read more

Research Interests

Peripheral arterial disease

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Dr. Elizabeth Ratchford is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include vascular medicine. Dr. Ratchford serves as the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Vascular Medicine.

Dr. Ratchford received her M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University.

Her research interests include peripheral artery disease, fibromuscular dysplasia, and cardiovascular disease prevention among firefighters.

Dr. Ratchford has been recognized by several honors, including the Merck Book Award from Yale University School of Medicine in 2000. She serves on the executive board of the Society for Vascular Medicine as Secretary and Chair of the Membership Committee and serves on the editorial board of the journal Vascular Medicine as co-editor of the Patient Page Section. 

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Vascular Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; Yale School of Medicine (2000)


  • Internal Medicine; New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2003)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Claudication; Peripheral vascular disease; Vascular disease; Peripheral arterial disease

Selected Publications

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Maiden Name - Elizabeth V. Harrold

Ratchford EV, Jin Z, Di Tullio M, Homma S, Salameh M, Gan R, Boden-Albala B, Sacco RL, Rundek T. Carotid bruit for detection of hemodynamically significant carotid stenosis:  The Northern Manhattan Study. Neurol Res. 2009; 31(7):748-52.

Ratchford EV, Gutierrez J, Lorenzo D, McClendon MS, Della-Morte D, DeRosa JT, Elkind MSV, Sacco RL, Rundek T. Short-term effect of atorvastatin on carotid artery elasticity. Stroke. 2011; 42(12):3460-4

Murphy TP, Cutlip DE, Regensteiner JG, Mohler ER, Cohen DJ, Reynolds MR, Massaro JM, Lewis BA, Cerezo J, Oldenburg NC, Thum CC, Goldberg S, Jaff MR, Steffes MW, Comerota AJ, Ehrman J, Treat-Jacobson D, Walsh ME, Collins T, Badenhop DT, Bronas U, Hirsch AT; CLEVER Study Investigators. Circulation. 2012; 125(1):130-9

**Site Principal Investigator

Ratchford EV, Carson KA, Jones SR, Ashen MD. Usefulness of coronary and carotid imaging rather than traditional atherosclerotic risk factors to identify firefighters at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Am J Cardiol. 2014; 113(9):1499-504

Ratchford EV. Medical management of claudication. J Vasc Surg. 2017 May 19; S0741-5214(17)30915-1

Activities & Honors


  • Presidential Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1995
  • summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1996
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1996
  • Salutatorian, Marist School, 1992
  • Elected, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1996
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Yale University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Merck Book Award, Yale University School of Medicine, 2000
  • American Cancer Society Prize, Yale University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Medical Thesis selected for Honors, Yale University School of Medicine, 2000


  • Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center, Accredited by the ICAVL in 2006, 2003 - 2007
    Medical Director
  • Society for Vascular Medicine, 2007
  • Society for Vascular Medicine, 2004 - 2007
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound, 2003 - 2005

Professional Activities

  • Executive Board Member / Secretary, Society for Vascular Medicine
  • Chair, Membership Committee / Society for Vascular Medicine
  • Co-Editor of Patient Page Section, Editorial Board of the journal Vascular Medicine

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

7 Surefire Ways To Warm Up Cold Hands, Huffington Post (November 25, 2015)

Medicare will now cover 'treadmill therapy' for leg pain, Dailymail.com (August 29,  2017)

What the Heck Happened to This Yo-Yo Champ's Index Finger? LiveScience (February 17, 2019)

Cardiologists grapple with potential CV risks posed by e-cigarettes, Healio (July 2019)

A practical approach to tobacco dependence for clinicians, smokers, Healio (February 2019)

Smoking cessation for 30 years confers reduced PAD risk similar to never smokers, Healio (September 2, 2019)

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