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Christie Bartels, MD, MS



MADISON, WI 53705-2281

(608) 265-6319


Dr. Christie Bartels, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine - Division of 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.


  • 1997-2001
    MD, Medical Scholar
    Creighton University School of Medicine
  • 1993-1997
    BS, Biology, Summa Cum Laude
    Creighton University


  • 2004-2005
    Chief Resident, Internal Medicine
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 2002-2004
    Resident, Internal Medicine
    University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 2001-2002
    Intern, Internal Medicine
    University of Wisconsin - Madison

Fellowship/Further Post Graduate

  • 2007-2009
    MS, Population Health Science
    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
    Focus: Health Services Research
  • 2005-2007
    Fellow, Rheumatology
    University of Wisconsin - Madison

Search for Christie Bartels' literature abstracts on PubMed


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 & Research. 2016 Apr;68(4):415-23. PMCID: PMC4893805.

Bartels CM, Johnson H, Voelker K, Thorpe C, McBride P, Jacobs EA, Pandhi N, Smith M. 2014. Impact of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Receiving a Diagnosis of Hypertension Among Patients with Regular Primary Care. Arthritis Care and Research. 66(9)1281-88 (Editor’s Pick).

Bartels CM, Buhr K, Goldberg J, Bell C, Visekruna M, Nekkanti S, Greenlee R. 2014. Mortality and Cardiovascular Burden of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in a US Population-based Cohort. Journal of Rheumatology 41(4):680-7.

Bartels CM, Ramsey-Goldman R. 2014. Updates in US SLE Epidemiology: Tales of two cities. Arthritis & Rheumatology 66(2):242-5.

Bartels C, Saucier J, Thorpe C, Kind A, Pandhi N, Hansen K, Smith M. 2012. Monitoring Diabetes in Patients with and without Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Medicare Study. Arthritis Research and Therapy 14(4):R166-R174.

Bartels C, Kind A, Thorpe C, Everett C, Cook R, McBride P, Smith M. 2012. Lipid Testing in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Key Cardiovascular Comorbidities: A Medicare Analysis. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 42(1):9-16.

Bartels C, Kind A, Everett C, Mell M, McBride P, Smith M. 2011. Low Primary Lipid Screening in Medicare Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis & Rheumatism 63(5):1221-30.

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

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