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Susan Bartels, MD, M.P.H

Residency and Training   

Residency Queen's University 2005  
Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital 2007

Academic Rank

Assistant Professor

About Dr. Bartels

Dr. Bartels is board certified in Emergency Medicine in both the U.S. and Canada and is currently an attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. As co-appointed faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Dr. Bartels is actively involved in international projects and public health research, primarily in conflict and disaster affected areas, with the aim of improving the science and practice of delivering humanitarian aid. Projects have been completed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Most recent work has focused on sexual violence as a weapon of war, women's health in conflict, and the impact of war on children.

Major Publications


Bartels, SA and VanRooyen, MJ. Medical Complications Associated with Earthquakes. Lancet 2012; 379(9817), 748-757

Bayram J, Rosborough S, Bartels SA, VanRooyen M, Anderson P. Core Curricular Elements for Fellowship Training in International Emergency Medicine. Academic Emergency Medicine 2010; 17:748-57

Bartels SA, Scott J, Mukwege D, Lipton R, VanRooyen M, Leaning J. Patterns of sexual violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: reports from survivors presenting to Panzi Hospital in 2006. Conflict and Health. 2010; 4(9)

Bartels SA, Greenough PG, Tamar M, VanRooyen MJ. Investigation of a Cholera Outbreak in Ethiopia's Oromia Region. Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2010; 4:E1-E6

Bartels SA, Scott JA, Leaning J, Kelly JT, Mukwege D, Joyce NR, VanRooyen MJ. Sexual Violence Trends Between 2004 and 2008 in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine. 2012; 26(6), 408-413

Nelson BD, Collins L, VanRooyen M, Joyce N, Mukwege M, Bartels SA.  Impact of Sexual Violence on Children in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Medicine, Conflict and Survival. 2011; 27(4), 211-225

Bartels SA, Scott J, Leaning J, Mukwege D, Lipton R, VanRooyen M. Surviving Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of International Women's Studies. 2010; 11(4), 37-49

Bartels SA, Scott JA, Leaning J, Kelly JT, Joyce NR, Mukwege D, VanRooyen MJ. Psychosocial Consequences of Sexual Violence in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Journal of Peace, Gender and Development Studies. 2011; 1(2), 48-52

SA Bartels, MLA Sivilotti, DL Crosby, JI Richard (2008). Are Recommended Doses of Acetaminophen Hepatotoxic for Recently Abstinent Alcoholics? A Randomized Trial. Clinical Toxicology. 2008; 46(3).


J Leaning, SA Bartels, H Mowafi. Sexual Violence During War and Forced Migration. Chapter in Women, Migration, and Conflict: Breaking a Deadly Cycle. EditorS: S. Martin-Forbes and J. Tirman. Springer New York 2009

C Arbelaez, Bartels, SA. Airway Management in the Morbidly Obese Patient. In: UpToDate, Rose BD (Ed), UpToDate, Waltham, MA. May 2010.


SA Bartels, MJ VanRooyen, JL Scott, J Kelly, and J Leaning. "Now the World is Without Me": An Investigation of Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Oxfam International. April 2010.

K Hirschfeld, J Leaning, S Crosby, L Piwowarczyk, J VanRooyen, G Greenough, SA Bartels, A. Fricke, S Sirkin, L Black, V Iancopino, K Lanigan. Nowhere to Turn: Failure to Protect, Support and Assure Justice for Darfuir Women. May 2009.

Greenough G, Bartels SA, Cavey A, Chan J, Cranmer H, Kendrick D, Lappi M, Leaning J, Robinson C, Singh M, VanRooyen, M, Vu, A. American Red Cross Public Health Response to Hurricane Katrina. Submitted to the American Red Cross December 2005, Washington, DC

Barron RA, Bartels SA, Boxill R, Henderson DC, Winter RE. Rapid Public Health Assessment of Disaster Mental Health Needs Nine Days Post-Hurricane Katrina. Submitted to the American Red Cross October 2005, Washington, DC


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