Robert H. Bartlett, M.D. is Professor Emeritus, in the Section of General Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, who continues to be active in the lab and clinical research. Prior to becoming Professor Emeritus on July 1, 2005, Dr. Bartlett was Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, cum laude in 1963. He served as an intern in Surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston from 1963-1966. In 1969 he completed his general surgery residency including one year of residency in Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Bartlett was also a NIH Trainee in Academic Surgery at Harvard Medical School from 1966-1970. He was on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, 1970-1980, and has been at the University of Michigan since 1980.
Dr. Bartlett has been the recipient of many awards and honors over the last thirty years. In 2002, he was awarded the Medallion for Scientific Achievement from the American Surgical Association. In 2003, Dr. Bartlett received the Ladd Medal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons Jacobson Award. In addition, he was honored with two inductions: the National Institutes of Health Great Clinical Teachers Series and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.
Dr. Bartlett's clinical interests include a full range of general and thoracic surgery with particular interest in acute physiology and critical care. Other areas of special expertise include inflammatory bowel disease and continent ileostomy, endocrine disease, trauma, acute respiratory and acute cardiac failure, and mechanical life support systems. Clinical and basic science research interests include cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary mechanical support systems, bioengineering applied to cardiorespiratory support systems, blood surface interaction and thrombogenesis, extracorporeal support systems applied to liver failure and cancer therapy.