Christie Bartels, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Rheumatology



Dr. Christie Bartels, MD MS, is a health services researcher and rheumatologist at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Bartels’ research focuses on improving cardiovascular health and longevity and reducing disparities among patients with rheumatologic and other specialty conditions. Her NIH-NIAMS K23 grant and other research awards have led to over 45 publications early in her career. She has successfully developed EHR-supported protocols for rheumatology clinic staff that reduced rates of high BP and improved smoking cessation referrals. She also currently investigates lupus retention in care. Dr. Bartels has been an invited guest on national and international rheumatology panels, she co-chairs the Measures and Measurement category for the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meetings, and serves on the ACR’s Health IT and Quality Measures committees.  

Research Funding

Preparing to Prioritize CVD Strategies in Rheumatoid Arhritis and Lupus: P2P-CVD
Rheumatology Research Foundation R Bridge Career Development Award, 1/1/17-12/31/19
Role: Principal Investigator

Investigating Retention in Care to Address Healthcare Disparities in Lupus: A Wisconsin Urban Lupus Cohort Study
Wisconsin Partnership Program New Investigator Program, 3/1/17-2/28/19
Role: Principal Investigator

Implementing Systems-Based CVD Prevention Protocols with Community Rheumatology Clinic Teams
IGLC Independent Grants for Learning and Change (Pfizer), 2/1/17-1/31/19
Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications (selected)

Bartels CM, Ramly E, Johnson HM, Lauver DR, Panyard DJ, Li, Z, Sampene E, Lewicki K, McBride PE. Connecting Rheumatology Patients to Primary Care for High Blood Pressure: Specialty clinic protocol improves follow-up and population blood pressures. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) (in press).

Vreede AP, Johnson HM, Piper M, Panyard DJ, Wong JC, Bartels CM. "Rheumatologists Modestly More Likely to Counsel Smokers in Visits Without Rheumatoid Arthritis Control: An Observational Study." J Clin Rheumatol. 2017;23(5):273-277. PMCID: PMC5590221

Bartels CM, Roberts TJ, Hansen, KE, Jacobs EA, Gilmore A, Maxcy C, Bowers BJ. "Rheumatologist and Primary Care Management of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Patient and provider perspectives." Arthritis Care Res. 2016 Apr;68(4):415-23. PMCID: PMC4893805.

Bartels CM, Johnson H, Voelker K, Thorpe C, McBride P, Jacobs EA, Pandhi N, Smith M. "Impact of rheumatoid arthritis on receiving a diagnosis of hypertension among patients with regular primary care." Arthritis Care Res 2014;66(9):1281-88 (Editor's Pick).

Bartels CM, Buhr K, Goldberg J, Bell C, Visekruna M, Nekkanti S, Greenlee R. "Mortality and cardiovascular burden of systemic lupus erythematosus in a US population-based cohort." J Rheum 2014;41(4):680-7.

Bartels CM, Ramsey-Goldman R. "Updates in US SLE epidemiology: Tales of two cities." Arthritis Rheum 2014;66(2):242-5.

Bartels C, Kind A, Thorpe C, Everett C, Cook R, McBride P, Smith M. Lipid testing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and key cardiovascular comorbidities: A Medicare analysis.  Semin Arthritis Rheum 2012;42(1):9-16.

Bartels C, Saucier J, Thorpe C, Kind A, Pandhi N, Hansen K, Smith M. Monitoring diabetes in patients with and without rheumatoid arthritis: A Medicare study. Arthritis Research and Therapy 2012;14(4): R166-R174.

Bartels C, Kind A, Everett C, Mell M, McBride P, Smith M. Low frequency of primary lipid screening in Medicare patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2011; 63(5):1221-30.

Bartels CM, Bell CL, Shinki K, Rosenthal A, Bridges AJ. Changing trends in serious extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis among United State veterans over 20 years. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2010;49(9):1670-5.

Bartels C, Bell C, Rosenthal A, Shinki K, Bridges A. Decline in rheumatoid vasculitis prevalence among US veterans: a retrospective cross-sectional study. Arthritis Rheum 2009;60(9):2553-7.


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