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Director, The Mongan Institute

Director, Health Policy Research Center

Stephen Bartels, MD, MS


Dr. Stephen Bartels is the inaugural James J. and Jean H. Mongan Chair in Health Policy and Community Health in the Department of Medicine; Professor of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School; and Director of the Mongan Institute at MGH.


Before coming to MGH from Dartmouth in 2018, he was the Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Professor of Health Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. At Dartmouth he established and directed the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging and served as Co-Principal Investigator for Dartmouth’s SYNERGY Clinical Translational Science Institute, Principal Investigator for Dartmouth’s CDC Health Promotion Research Center, and Principal Investigator for two T32 post-doctoral research training programs.  

Dr. Bartels has authored over 365 publications and has mentored over 50 early career investigators. Over the past several decades he has led productive research developing, testing, and implementing interventions focused on complex health conditions and health disparities, co-occurring physical and mental disorders, health care management, health coaching, health promotion interventions for obesity and smoking, aging and geriatrics, automated telehealth and mobile technology, population health science, applied health care delivery science, and implementation science. As a national expert on implementation research, he previously served as Chair for the National Institute of Health Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section and currently oversees the implementation research and training program at the Mongan Institute and serves as Co-PI for the Methods Unit for a NCI P50 “Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control Equity”.  

Among numerous national leadership roles include Past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; serving on an Institute of Medicine Committee on the future health care workforce for older adults with mental disorders; and testifying before Congress and in congressional briefings on aging, health policy, and funding for research on mental disorders in older adults.


Dr. Bartels is a member of the Executive Committee and core faculty for two NIMH-funded national research mentoring institutes. Dr. Bartels is a national expert in Implementation Science and previously served as the Chair for the National Institute of Health Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section spanning 20 NIH institutes and was a faculty member of the NCI Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC).

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