Nathan Bertelsen

Associate Professor of Medicine


Administrator Info

Name: Mena Vue
Fax: 612-624-3189
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 741, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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. At NYU, he served four years as the Director of Primary Care for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture in New York, followed by five years living abroad at global health partner sites. In Turkey, he was the founding director of the core communication and clinical skills training program at Koc University School of Medicine, where he also spent two years as Adviser for Research and Training for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), working with Syrian refugee families. In Italy, he taught MPH courses for three years in migrant and refugee health in the Mediterranean at the NYU campus in Florence, and he now directs this public health course at the Institute for Global Health in Barcelona, Spain. From 2012-2020, he served as core faculty and then on the Board of Directors of the Central American Healthcare Initiative (CAHI), which has trained over 120 health professionals from six Central American countries in health management and community health 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, where he now serves as Director of Education for the International Panel Physicians Association, which works with CDC and IOM (UN Migration Agency) to deliver continuing education to panel physicians around the world in refugee and migrant health.

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