Dr. Gary Ramage, MD
Dr. Gary Ramage arrived in small town Watford City in August 1995 and began general practice. He and his wife, Pam, raised two children, Emily and Ted. Pam has been active in the community golf course and formerly served many years on the School Board of Directors. Currently, Dr. Ramage is Chief of Medical Staff, and provides family practice services with his nurse of 18 years, Maria.
In 1990, Dr. Ramage graduated from the University of Saskatchewan Medical School and following embarked on a rotating medical internship with the Greater Victoria Hospital Society in 1990-1991. His undergraduate degrees include Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biology and Physiology. Additionally, Dr. Ramage is a retired Canadian Armed Forces captain having served as both a flight surgeon and aviation medical examiner.
For 27 years, Dr. Ramage has served as a general practice physician at McKenzie Health. He is respected by his peers and community for the outstanding leadership skills he practices as medical director of the trauma committee providing State trauma presentations as necessary, for his medical directorship of long term care, for serving as the medical director for McKenzie County Ambulance Service, and for serving as the medical officer for City of Watford City and County of McKenzie County.
"In an effort to establish with a primary care physician after not having one for some time, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Kiedrowski in September of 2023. He was thorough, personable, attentive and efficient. His nurse, Karlee was excellent as well. In the lab, I didn't even feel Taylor's stick or draw. From check in to check out, it was an exceptional experience, and I didn't have to leave town. I was back to work within the hour and had my lab results on EPIC's My Chart as soon as they were available. I would recommend McKenzie Health's Rural Health Center to my friends and family."
— Vawnita Best; Rural Watford City, ND
"I recently had hip replacement surgery at McKenzie Health in Watford City.
The entire experience, beginning with registration, to my primary doctor (Dr. Ramage and Maria), Dr. Johnson, Dr. Brewster in surgery scheduling, Dr. Joshi and his surgical team, the nurses on the surgical floor and physical therapists (Jess, Corey, kara and Lexyn) was all that I could ask for and more.
I felt your genuine concern for my well-being and care. You folks all deserve some recognition, so please give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done and the service you continue to provide the citizens of western North Dakota.
We are indeed fortunate to have a facility of this caliber, along with its dedicated health professionals and employees, here in Watford City. Thank you again McKenzie Health!"
— Kent Taylor
— Patsy Levang; Keene, ND
— Ted Lone Fight III; Mandaree, ND
— Ernest Lambert; Belcourt, ND
— Marco Pelton; Watford City, ND
"In January of 2022, I slipped on the ice and broke my ankle. The initial ER visit that Thursday evening to stabilize it until surgery was efficient and the care was very good. Dr Joshi's nurse scheduled a pre-op consultation by telemed Friday morning and two hours later, Dr Joshi was conducting that consultation with me. The following Monday I had surgery to plate the break and clean and repair the damaged joint. Post-op with Dr. Joshi and his surgical team was seamless. They were caring, efficient and concise in their communication and their treatment plan. Follow-ups with Dr. Joshi and Dr. Tomjack were easy to schedule; they were on schedule, and check-in and check-outs were quick and easy, including pharmacy and insurance aspects of the user experience. All of these skilled services were high-quality, efficient, and delivered right here at home. There were no miserable vehicle transports to Bismarck, Minot, Williston, or Sidney while in pain. All the medical visits and procedures were quick, efficient and convenient, so I could get right back to healing.
Thank you McKenzie Health providers and staff. You are making a difference in the lives of McKenzie County residents and beyond."
— Vawnita Best; Rural Watford City, ND
— Kelly Peterson; Watford City, ND
— Jan Dodge; Watford City, ND
— Ron Anderson; Keene, ND
— Myra Anderson; Keene, ND
— Evelyn Wilson; Huntsville, AL
Dr. Ramage has Specialized Skills in:
- Leadership serving as Chief Medical Officer
- Family Practice
- Elder Care
- Emergency Medicine
Awards & Accolades
- EMS Medical Director of the Year Award – 2022
- Featured Rural Health Care Provider by the North Dakota Health Department
- North Dakota State Outstanding Professional Leadership Award – 2019
- North Dakota State Outstanding Rural Physician Award – 2018
- Clinical Instructor – University of North Dakota School of Medicine
- Teaching residents in Family Practice Program at McKenzie Health
- Preceptorship of medical students in the University of North Dakota Medical School Program onsite in 4-8 week rotations
Education & Certifications
- MD – University of Saskatchewan Medical School
Bachelor of Science – Biology
Bachelor of Science – Physiology
Rotating Medical Intership – Greater Victoria Hospital Society
Retired Canadian Armed Forces Captain, Flight Surgeon, Aviation Medical Examiner
Dr. Ramage's Favorite Things to do in McKenzie County:
- Traveling with wife, Pam