Chief Appointed to Newly Created Division

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Raquel R. Bartz as Chief of the Department’s newly created Division of Critical Care Medicine effective September 1, 2015. Dr. Bartz is currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine.

Dr. Bartz completed her undergraduate education in Castleton, VT and medical education at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. Subsequently, she completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI and came to Duke University in 2001 for her Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. In 2004, she was accepted into the Anesthesiology Residency Program at Duke in the clinician/scientist track. Dr. Bartz joined the faculty in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and practices as an attending anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham and the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Duke. Dr. Bartz has received national attention for her research in mitochondrial function in sepsis, severe acute lung injury, and use of Electronic Health Records to conduct critical care research. Currently, her research interests are focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of acute lung injury and finding novel therapeutic targets to improve patient outcomes.

In her new role as Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Bartz will continue to develop strong clinical and research collaborations with the Departments of Surgery and Medicine. Through recruitment and retention of academically and clinically gifted trainees and faculty, the Division of Critical Care Medicine will continue to provide excellent care to patients, produce academic critical care leaders of the future, and engage with the Duke Health System leadership to identify opportunities to improve the care we provide to our surgical patients.

Dr. Bartz’s goals are to support the growth of Duke Anesthesiology’s Division of Critical Care Medicine and continue Duke’s legacy as a leader in anesthesiology and the care of perioperative patients. In addition, she would like to see the Division of Critical Care Medicine become a leader in the discovery of knowledge in perioperative critical illness in order to improve patient outcomes.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Bartz on this new appointment.


Joseph P. Mathew, MD, MHSc, MBA
Jerry Reves, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Chairman
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University Medical Center

Chris KeithChief Appointed to Newly Created Division