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Linda A. Bartlett, MD

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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MHSc, University of British Columbia, 1994
MD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1986
BMedSc, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1986


Linda Bartlett MD, MHSc is a medical doctor and epidemiologist with over 25 years experience in clinical and public health practice, and is an internationally recognized maternal and perinatal public health physician. She holds a Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, her medical degree from Memorial University in Newfoundland, is a graduate of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program, and is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Bartlett is fluent in English and has written and verbal conversational skills in French. She is a leader in maternal and perinatal health in low resource settings, with over twenty years specializing in this field. She served in this capacity as a UNICEF employee posted in Afghanistan. She is successful in fund-raising, management  team-building and applied research. She has served in substantial program leadership roles with a number of national and international organizations, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UNICEF, Health Canada and is currently faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the principal investigator of a number of large research studies, guiding the development from idea to funding, implementation and publication. She has successfully won grants of >$6 million and overseen the project budgets and multiple staff. She regularly presents in national, regional and international professional/ scientific meetings and conferences and provides technical input and support in strategic planning in a number of countries around the world. She is active in teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty. Dr. Bartlett’s interests encompass three main areas – measurement of maternal and newborn outcomes, assessing and improving the quality of obstetric and newborn care in facilities, and developing and testing interventions that can be used in community settings.

Honors and Awards

  • Lead “Program design, Implementation and M&E” in the Safe Mothers and Newborns: A Leadership Workshop: Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality, Barcelona, Spain, June 28 – July 3, 2015 organized by the MHTF and Aga Khan University.
  • mHealth for Maternal Health: Bridging the Gaps Technical Meeting Steering Committee. Co-hosted by the JHU Global Health Initiative and the MHTF at Harvard University
  • Global MHTF Expert Advisory Committee and planning committee for 1st MHTF Scientific conference in New Delhi in Sept., 2010.
  • Global technical working group on Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia, and co-chair M&E group
  • WHO GREAT Project (Guideline development, Research priorities, Evidence synthesis, Applicability of evidence, Transfer of knowledge).
  • Member of the Group Core on Maternal Conditions Expert Group, Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study
  • Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory committee of the University of Aberdeen’s IMMPACT program.
  • Elected member of the Institute of Medicine’s National Academies of Sciences round table on forced migration.
  • Recipient of Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Scientific Employee from the Atlanta Federal Executive Board in the Federal Employee of the Year awards, May 2003. 
  • Recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Performance in International Health by the National Center for Chronic Diseases, CDC, May 2003.
  • Nominated by Division of Reproductive Health for the Sheperd Award for the manuscript “Maternal Mortality among Afghan refugees in Pakistan, 1999-2000”, published in the Lancet, 2002. The Sheperd award is CDC’s top award for excellence of a scientific manuscript.
  • Awarded the Margaret Owen Fund Award for academic pursuit from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
  • Examiner, College of Family Physicians Certificant Examinations - 1990, 1991, 1992.
  • Volunteer physician, Special Olympics, Vancouver, British Columbia – 1991.
  • Good Samaritan Award, British Columbia Ministry of Health – 1990
  • Measurement of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity Preventing maternal mortality 
  • Assessing and improving the quality of obstetric and newborn care in facilities 
  • Developing and testing interventions that can be used in community settings Distal determinents of maternal and perinatal conditions Expertise in South Asia, particularly Afghanistan  

Five most recent publications

  • Bartlett L.,  Cantor D., Lynam P., Kaur G., Rawlins B., Ricca J., Tripathi V., Rosen H. Do Women Who Deliver in Facilities Receive Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor? Findings from Seven Cross-Sectional Surveys  in Sub-Saharan Africa. WHO Bulletin, accepted June 2, 2015. On line publication – Sept. 2, 2015.  Bulletin of the World Health Organization; Type: Research Article ID: BLT.14.142604. Hard copy in Press for October issue. 


  • Tripathi V, Stanton C, Strobino D, Bartlett L. Development and validation of an index to measure the process quality of facility-based labor & delivery care in sub-Saharan Africa. Plos one. 2015 Jun 24;10(6):e0129491. doi: 10.1371.  

  • Graham H., Tokhi M., Edward A., Salehi A., Turkmani S., Duke T., Bartlett L. Use of Clinical Guidelines: Perspectives from Clinicians in Paediatric and Maternity Hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal; 21, 2015.

  • Meaney-Delman D, Bartlett LA, Gravett M, Jamieson D. Treatment of Postpartum Endometritis: A Systematic Review to Inform Oral and Intramuscular Antibiotic Choices. Epub ahead of print, March 5, 2015. 

  • Homer CS, Friberg IK, Dias MA, Ten Hoope-Bender P, Sandall J, Speciale AM, Bartlett LA. The projected effect of scaling up midwifery. Lancet 2014; 384: 1146–57.

  • iDeliver
  • Maternal post-partum sepsis in South Asia
  • MCHIP multi-country Quality of Obstetric and Newborn Care survey
  • Program evaluation of maternity waiting homes in northern rural Kenya
  • Reproductive Age Mortality Study (RAMOS II) in Afghanistan