Department of Surgery
Erik Barthel has diverse research interests, which include chemistry and theoretical basic science, as well as such clinical interests as pediatric disaster response and resource allocation. He plans to continue these pursuits, while also investigating outcomes for pediatric patients.
His research has been extensively published in numerous peer-reviewed publications, including the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, American Journal of Surgery, Journal of Surgical Research, and Journal of Pediatric Surgery. He was lead author of a book chapter, “Artificial Organs and Assist Devices: Tissue and Organ Bioengineering,” in Textbook of Organ Transplantation.
Barthel received a BS in chemistry summa cum laude from the University of California, Riverside, followed by an MS and PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. He then obtained an MD from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. He was a resident research fellow in pediatric surgery at the Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Most recently, he completed additional fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.