Susan Bartels

Dr. Bartels with a young child


  • Clinician Scientist, KGHRI
  • Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen’s University


Emergency medicine, global public health, conflict and disaster, humanitarian response, social determinants of health


Dr. Sue Bartels:



After completing fellowship training and a Master’s of Public Health in Boston,  Dr. Bartels went on to become the Director of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She returned to Queen’s University in 2014 as a Clinician-Scientist at Kingston General Hospital Research Institute and as an Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine. 

Education and honours

  • BSc (Biochemistry), MD, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
  • FRCPC, Queen’s University  
  • Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School,
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health 


Dr. Bartels is actively involved in global health research, primarily in conflict and disaster affected areas of the world. Her research aims to improve the science and practice of delivering humanitarian aid and her current focus is the impact of war on the health of women and children. Dr. Bartels has completed projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Darfur, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Lebanon and maintains affiliations with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and with the Harvard School of Public Health. More recently she has been focusing on child protection and the effects of the civil war on Syrian refugees in neighbouring Lebanon, including social isolation, forced child labour and child marriage.

Dr. Bartels collaborates closely with medical, public health and social science colleagues at Queen’s University while also maintaining an affiliation with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. Other research partners include European colleagues from the International Network for Interdisciplinary Research on Children Born of War and the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity. Dr. Bartels also collaborates closely with local partners in each of the countries where she works. 

See also:

Caring for a troubled world

Kingston Health Sciences researchers tackling health equity issues world-wide