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.