Dianne Bartels, PhD, RN

Emeritus Faculty, Center for Bioethics

Dianne Bartels

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Emeritus Faculty, Center for Bioethics

PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, 2001

MA, Psychosocial Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1975

BA, Nursing, Marycrest College, Davenport Iowa, 1973


Dr. Bartels is an Emeritus Faculty member at the Center for Bioethics. She began her illustrious bioethics career at the University of Minnesota in 1980 as Co-Chair of the Biomedical Ethics Committee at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Bartels became Interim Director of the Center for Bioethics in 1986, and was the Center’s intermittent Associate Director throughout the 1980s, ‘90s, and 2000s. She has held Adjunct Faculty and Instructor positions with the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and with the School of Nursing. Dr. Bartels was a faculty member of the University of Minnesota’s Law School Concentration on Health Law and Bioethics. She has also served as Examining Member and Adviser for the Bioethics Graduate Faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Bartels research has been published in countless journals and books including Journal of Clinical Ethics, Academic Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has conducted groundbreaking research on homelessness and end-of-life care.

Dr. Bartels was honored at the Center for Bioethics 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2015 for her key role in helping to build the Center’s infrastructure during its inception in 1985.