Christie Bartels, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Rheumatology



Dr. Christie Bartels, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine—Rheumatology. She seeks to improve the cardiovascular health and survival of patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases and more broadly to improve how primary and specialty care providers communicate and collaborate. Her research program investigates how the collaboration between rheumatologists and primary care providers affects management of modifiable cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Her recent research has identified national gaps in lipid testing and hypertension recognition for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Dr. Bartels is interested in using results from these and other research projects to design interventions to improve CVD health for patients with inflammatory diseases, and to improve care coordination for patients who receive both specialty and primary care.

Research Funding

Impact of Rheumatologist Communication Upon Managing Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
NIH/NIAMS, 1 K23 AR062381-01, 03/01/12-09/30/15
Role: Principal Investigator

Stepping Up in Specialty Clinics to Reduce Blood Pressure
UW ICTR-CAP Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot, 8/1/14-12/31/15
Role: Principal Investigator

Systems-Based CVD Prevention Protocols for Rheumatology Teams: A Low-Cost Multidisciplinary Approach
Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change, 8/1/14-1/1/17
Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications (selected)

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 primary lipid screening in Medicare patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2011; 63(5):1221-30.

Kind A, Bartels C, Mell M, Smith M. For-profit hospital status and rehospitalization to different hospitals: Predictors, payments, and mortality. Ann Intern Med 2010;153(11):718-27.

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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