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Nathan Ratchford, MD, FACOG

Phelps Health

Nathan Ratchford, MD

Accepting New Patients

Offers Telehealth Visits





Special Interests

Abnormal uterine bleeding
Infertility evaluations
Minimally invasive surgery
Pelvic pain and prolapse
Post-menopausal bleeding
Women's preventive health and screenings

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

About Me

I’m Nathan Ratchford, MD, FACOG, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist (OB/GYN). From 2018-2023, I also served as chief medical officer of Phelps Health Hospital. I have been practicing medicine in Rolla since 2008 and added my administrative duties in 2018. I hold a practice designation with the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. As a gynecologist, I perform minimally invasive surgeries, including laparoscopic hysterectomies (surgical removal of the uterus), tubal ligations (sterilization), endometrial ablations (removal of the lining of the uterus) and more.

In high school, I was your typical science and math nerd and was a part of the Medical Explorers program. I would drive to Springfield, Missouri, and observe healthcare in action. I knew early on that I wanted to go into medicine, and more specifically, that I wanted to be a surgeon. I’ve always had good hand-eye coordination, enjoy working with my hands and consider myself to be “hands-on.” I chose the OB/GYN specialty in particular, because I think we as a society have a great responsibility to take care of the mothers in our communities.

As a physician, I go out of my way to make patients feel comfortable and educated on their options. I present the options, but the patient must make their own decision. If a patient feels knowledgeable and empowered, a better outcome will likely result.

I am a Missouri native, growing up in Lamar, which is near Joplin and on the border of Kansas. Today, my wife and I live outside of Rolla with our two children and two barn cats. When I’m not working, I enjoy various DIY projects. As a family, we like to watch movies and TV shows, and play board games. I am the father of a type 1 diabetic and am also an advocate.

I chose Phelps Health because of the community. When I was finishing training in St. Louis, Missouri, my wife and I got a map out and by coincidence, there was a position open in Rolla. I like Rolla, the community, the location. It’s a great place to raise a family, and I’m really happy here.

I also offer telehealth visits, which allow patients to visit with me remotely using a smartphone, tablet or computer with an internet connection and audio-video capabilities.

Nathan Ratchford, MD

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

In this episode, Dr. Nathan Ratchford, chief medical officer of Phelps Health Hospital and a gynecologist with Phelps Health, discusses women’s health.

Watch episode with video here.


To listen to more podcasts featuring Dr. Ratchford, please click here

Education & Training

Medical School University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

Residency St. John’s Mercy Medical Center-St. Louis, Missouri

Awards & Honors

award Nathan Ratchford, MD, won first place for OB/GYN in the 2021 “Best of Phelps County” contest sponsored by the Phelps County Focus.

awardDr. Ratchford, along with his care staff, were recognized with Awards of Excellence for achieving patient experience scores above the 90th percentile in 2019.


For a list of insurance carriers that Phelps Health accepts, please click here.