Dr. Susan Bartels is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is a practicing emergency physician at both the Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital.
As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Susan Bartels conducts global public health research to better understand how people are affected by humanitarian crises, including armed conflict and natural disasters. Her particular focus is on women and children and the work is aimed at improving the delivery of aid and services to affected individuals and their families. In a World Bank / Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) funded project, Dr. Bartels is currently leading an investigation on child marriage among Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon and is researching access to contraception and family planning services for this vulnerable group. Additionally, Dr. Bartels is the co-principal investigator for a U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council project exploring relationships between local community members and UN peacekeepers in Haiti with a focus on abuse and exploitation. Dr. Bartels is also co-investigator for a Wellcome Trust funded project in Vietnam documenting the experiences of mixed race children born during the Vietnamese war. These projects share a novel mixed quantitative – qualitative approach using Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker®. While most of Dr. Bartels’s work has been in Sub-Saharan Africa, she is enjoying the challenge of working in and learning about new contexts and environments.
Dr. Bartels is the Director of the newly established Queen’s University International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, which will take its inaugural fellow in August 2017. She is also co-founder of ARCH, a newly established research collaborative for global health equity at Queen’s University. ARCH researchers undertake research, capacity development and knowledge translation to improve health equity in Canada and internationally.
After residency training at Queen’s University, Dr. Bartels completed fellowship training and an MPH degree at Harvard University and then went on to become the Director of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She returned to Queen’s University in the fall of 2014 to as a Clinician-Scientist. She lives in Kingston with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Bartels welcomes enquires from students, residents and potential collaborators.