Distinguished Scientist: Karsten Bartels, MD, PhD

Karsten Bartels, MD, PhD

Karsten Bartels, MD, PhD

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on Nov. 9 for UNMC’s Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

Distinguished Scientist

The Distinguished Scientist Award — which is sponsored by the chancellor — recognizes researchers who have been among the most productive scientists at UNMC during the past five years.

  • Name: Karsten Bartels, MD, PhD
  • Title: Professor and Robert Lieberman Endowed Chair of Anesthesiology, vice chair of research, UNMC Department of Anesthesiology
  • Joined UNMC: 2021
  • Hometown: Vechta, Germany

Please describe your research focus in three words or less: Health services and outcomes.

Why is research important in the world today? Science forms the basis to improve health and reduce suffering.  

My research will make a difference because: Our team applies rigorous methods to assess clinical effectiveness and determine the value of novel perioperative care models in large patient samples. Sometimes proving that a widely adopted intervention does not work, only adds cost or even causes harm is more important than developing a new therapy. 

The best advice I’ve ever received is: Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. 

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • I graduated from Firth High School in Idaho. 
  • One of my favorite movies is “The Biggest Little Farm.”
  • I run to work.


  1. Alena Balasanova says:

    Congratulations Karsten, it’s an honor to work with you and learn from you!

  2. Claire Xia says:

    Congratulations, Dr. Bartels!

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