Loren J. Bartels, M.D., FACS is an Otologist, Neurotologist, and Skull Based Surgeon in Tampa, FL.
Loren J Bartels MD FACS was a member of the charter class of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, which graduated in 1974. He was elected a charter member of the USF chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, a national organization of outstanding medical school students. Dr. Bartels completed post-graduate residency training in otolaryngology (head-and-neck) surgery at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He completed a one-year fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull-base surgery in 1980 at the world-renowned House Ear Institute in Los Angeles.
Dr. Bartels returned to USF in 1980 and joined the faculty of the College of Medicine where he rose to the rank of associate professor with tenure in Surgery, Neurology and Radiology. While in private practice, he has been promoted to Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology. At USF, he and his chief audiologist opened Tampa Bay area’s first cochlear implant program as well as the first cochlear implant program in the State of Florida dedicated to meeting the needs of children. The staff of the Tampa Bay Hearing and Balance Center continue this work with the busiest cochlear implant services in our region.
Dr. Bartels has served as an officer of several organizations, including president of the USF College of Canadian Pharmacy Medicine faculty and the Florida Society of Otolaryngology. He has been Chief of the Medical Staff for Tampa General Hospital and a member of the Tampa General Hospital Board of Directors. He has been recognized in Best Doctors in America continuously since 1992 and has been elected as a member of several prestigious senior professional societies, including the American Otologic Society, the Triologic Society, the American Neurotology Society and others.
He received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for service on the task forces which wrote the Board Certification examination questions and created home study courses in otolaryngology. He received the Distinguished Alumnus and the Alumni Service Award from the USF College of Medicine Alumni Association. He worked with State of Florida Children’s Medical Services staff and others to establish a law that mandates that all newborn babies have their hearing checked.
Dr. Bartels has written and made scholarly presentations on a variety of ear-related problems. With Advanced Bionics Corporation, a cochlear implant company, training video CDs of Dr. Bartels’ cochlear implant surgical techniques have been produced that are now used in many countries to train other surgeons in modern cochlear implant surgical methods.