John A. Bartlett Oral History Interviews, 2009-2020

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Creator:
Bartlett, John A. (John Alexander), 1955-
Abstract:
Dr. John Alexander Bartlett, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Global Health and Nursing at Duke University Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. He is the Co-Director of the Duke University Center for AIDS Research, a Senior Fellow within the Duke University Health Inequalities Program, and co-chairs the Duke University Africa Initiative. Bartlett's research focuses on the treatment and complications of HIV infection, and has been the recipient of numerous US National Institutes of Health research grants. This collection contains 3 oral history interviews: 1 interview on October 29, 2009 and 2 interviews on July 24, 2020. The October 29, 2009 interview was conducted by Tullia Rushton and Diana Xie, as part of the Writing Class 20 Interview. In this interview, Bartlett discusses his decision to pursue medicine, his views on the ethics and frustrations of the field, and his work with HIV/AIDS. The July 24, 2020 interviews were conducted by Joseph O'Connell, as part of the Department of Medicine's Oral History Project. In the interviews, Bartlett discusses his work with patients with HIV/AIDS at Duke, his efforts in creating and sustaining international partnerships in HIV/AIDS research and treatment, and his thoughts on a social justice ethos in healthcare.
Extent:
3 interviews (1 transcript, 2 master CDs, 1 use CD) and 1.28 GB
Collection ID:
OH.BARTLETTJ

Background

Scope and content:

Includes 3 oral history interviews: October 29, 2009 interview conducted by Tullia Rushton and Diana Xie as part of the Writing Class 20 Interview, as part of the Writing 20 Class Interview, as well as 2 oral history interviews both conducted on July 24, 2020 by Joseph O'Connell as part of the Department of Medicine's Oral History Project.

In the October 29, 2009 interview, Bartlett discusses his decision to pursue medicine, his views on the ethics and frustrations of the field, and his work with HIV/AIDS.

In the July 24, 2020 interviews, Bartlett discusses his work with patients with HIV/AIDS at Duke, his efforts in creating and sustaining international partnerships in HIV/AIDS research and treatment, and his thoughts on a social justice ethos in healthcare. The themes of these interviews include illness stigma, global health, and healthcare access.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. John Alexander Bartlett was raised in Rochester, New York. His mother was a nurse and his father a psychiatrist, and both were engaged with social action related to the Civil Rights Movement. From a young age, Bartlett was interested in medicine. He graduated from Pittsford High School in 1973, Harvard University in 1977 with an AB, and the University of Virginia in 1981 with an MD. He completed his internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center from 1981 to 1984.

Bartett's medical training coincided with the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. After completing his fellowship in infectious disease at Duke, Bartlett had the opportunity to move into private practice, but he felt compelled to stay at Duke, where there were active clinical trials related to HIV/AIDS medications. Since the 1980s, Bartlett's day-to-day work in infectious disease treatment and prevention has expanded far beyond Duke University. As a leader in HIV/AIDS global health partnerships and as Associate Director for Research at the Duke Global Health Institute, he has helped to facilitate faculty and student global health research. Over the past 20 years, he has split his time between Durham and the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. Bartlett's work in Tanzania has helped bolster local medical and nursing education and built capacity for Tanzanian-led medical research.

Throughout his career, Bartlett focused on the treatment of HIV, particularly in resource-limited settings. His achievements include galvanizing equitable HIV/AIDS patient care at Duke and developing an inter-university partnership to support HIV/AIDS treatment in Tanzania. Alongside holding the position of Professor of Medicine, he is Director of the AIDS Research and Treatment Center, Research Professor of Global Health, and Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University. He is also an affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2009.096 (transferred by Tullia Rushton and Diana Xie, October 2009), Accession A2021.013 (transferred by Joseph O'Connell, January 2021)
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff: date unknown; updated by Lucy Waldrop: February 2021

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Interview, October 29, 2009; Interviews, July 24, 2020.
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Personal Name(s):
Bartlett, John A. (John Alexander), 1955-
Corporate Name(s):
Duke University. Medical Center
Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Medicine
Topical Term(s):
HIV.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Education, Medical.
Faculty.

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