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Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH

Rehab Medicine
Practice Specialty
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Board Certified
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Academic Title
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Administrative Title
Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinical Focus
Dr. Bartels’ particular areas of interest include: pulmonary rehabilitation outcomes in transplant and advanced lung disease; autonomic physiology; performance enhancement for athletes and individuals with disability, and the benefits of exercise on cognition and overall function. Dr. Bartels also has an interest in the role of rehabilitation medicine in post acute care and the development of new models of care for patients after disabling illness.
Research Focus
Dr. Bartels’ research focus is in three key areas – post-transplant outcomes, neuro-psychological rehabilitation for conditions like schizophrenia, and pulmonary mechanics in patients with respiratory issues. He has published in multiple scientific and review papers. He regularly presents his research in the area of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and exercise physiology, both in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Bartels received his MD and MPH degrees from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed an internship and internal medicine and rehabilitation residencies at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Prior to becoming the Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in September 2013, Dr. Bartels directed Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the Human Performance Laboratory at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he has served as director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and founder and director of the Human Performance Laboratory.

Over the years, Dr. Bartels has also been recognized for his commitment to educating future physicians, including those outside of his specialty of rehabilitation medicine.  While at Columbia, he served as a clinical mentor to two first-year medical students each year and coordinated research teaching for the Rehabilitation residents. He also participated in lecture series events for fellows in the areas of Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine, sharing the rehabilitation perspective for each specialty.