Nathan Bertelsen

Associate Professor of Medicine


Administrator Info
Name: DHM Admin Team
Phone Number: 612-624-0579
Fax Number: 612-624-3189

Dr. Bertelsen graduated from medical school at the University of Minnesota in 2007 and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine (primary care track) at Weill Cornell Medical Center / New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2010, where he also served as an Ambulatory Chief Resident. He has a B.A. in government / international relations from Georgetown University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Mental Health from Harvard University, and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MScPH). He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, where he works as a hospitalist.

From 2010 to 2019, he served on the faculty in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Population Health at New York University School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment at New York University College of Global Public Health, and he worked as a hospitalist, primary care physician, and clerkship director at Bellevue Hospital. During this time, he served as Director of Primary Care for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in New York; founding director of the core communication and clinical skills training program at Koc University School of Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey; Adviser for Research and Training for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Istanbul mission;. MPH course director in refugee health at the NYU campus in Florence, Italy; migrant health education coordinator at the Institute for Global Health in Barcelona, Spain; and served on the Board of Directors of the Central American Healthcare Initiative (CAHI) at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

He came to the University of Minnesota to join the Global Medicine group in the Department of Medicine. After serving as Director of Education for the International Panel Physicians Association, he now serves as Faculty Collaborator for the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM) at UMN, and Director of Partnerships for the UMN Clinical Tropical Medicine and Global Health (CTMGH) curriculum.

Research Summary

Medical Education; Resilience in Forced Migration

Research Interests
Resilience in Forced Migration

Teaching Summary

Refugee Health; Cross-Cultural Communication Skills; Public Health Leadership

Clinical Summary

Medical Education; Migrant and Refugee Health; Cross-Cultural Communication Skills; Resilience Factors

Honors and Recognition

SOM Nominee, University-Wide Teacher of the Year, Koç University
Silver Medal, European Society for Person-Centered Healthcare, Madrid Spain
Faculty of the Year, Division of General Internal Medicine, New York University School of Medicine