Director, The Mongan Institute

Director, Health Policy Research Center

Stephen Bartels, MD, MS


Dr. Stephen Bartels is the former 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 September 2018, he was the Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Community & Family Medicine, and Professor of Health Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Among his accomplishments at Dartmouth include establishing and directing the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, leading the Dartmouth's CDC Health Promotion Research Center as Principal Investigator, establishing and leading the Collaboratory for Implementation Science at Dartmouth, and serving as Co-Principal Investigator for Dartmouth’s SYNERGY Clinical Translational Science Institute.


Dr. Bartels has mentored over 40 early career investigators and served as the Principal Investigator for two post-doctoral research training programs, including an NIH multi-site post-doctoral training program in geriatric mental health services research and a HRSA funded primary care research. Over the past two decades he has led a highly productive research group 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, integration of mental health and primary care, self-management, automated telehealth and mobile technology, evidence-based models of care for complex conditions, population health science, applied health care delivery science, and implementation science. He has published over 330 articles, scientific abstracts, and book chapters.


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 serves as the Chair for the National Institute of Health Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section spanning 20 NIH institutes and is a faculty member of the NCI Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC).