23678-Hartwell, Jennifer

Jennifer L. Hartwell, MD

Associate Dean and Chief Wellness Officer

MH B233
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Hartwell graduated with a BA in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, OH, in 1998. After spending three years teaching middle and high school science, she went to medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and went on to complete her General Surgery Residency at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. After a final year of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship training at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, she accepted her first job at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. After a successful five years in Columbus, Dr. Hartwell joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Medicine in 2016 as a Trauma, Acute Care and Surgical Critical Care Surgeon, based primarily at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She resides in the Indianapolis suburbs with her husband and four children. 

Key Publications

Fisichella PM, Hartwell JL, Brosnan J, Abcarian H. Richter’s Hernia through a Spigelian defect of the abdominal wall. American Journal of Surgery, 2007;193(1):69-70.

Hartwell JL, Salzman S, Gangemi A. Image of the Month: Wii Related Post Traumatic Injury. Archives of Surgery, 2011;146:881-882. 

Hartwell JL, Spalding MC, Fletcher B, O’Mara MS, Karas C. You cannot go home: routine concussion evaluation is not enough. AmerSurg, 2015;81(4):395-403.

Hartwell JL, Weyrauch E, Walliser G. Point of Care INR Testing is Rapid and Reliable: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study. International Journal of Academic Medicine. 2016;2(1): 27-31.  

Hartwell JL, Albanese K, Retterer A, Martin S, O’Mara MS. A Trauma Patient Advocate Is a Valuable Addition to the Multidisciplinary Trauma Team: A Process Improvement Project. AmerSurg. 2016;82:E183-185.

Dejoles S, Savage SA, Hartwell JL, Zarzaur BL. Overall Splenectomy Rates Stable Despite Increasing Usage of Angiography in the Management of High Grade Blunt Splenic Injury. Ann Surg. 2017; Mar 27, epub ahead of print

Zarzaur BL, DunnJA, Leininger B, Lauerman M, Shanmuganathan K, Kaups K, Zamary K, Hartwell JL, Bhakta A, Myers J, Gordy S, Todd SR, Claridge JA, Teicher E, Sperry J, Privette A, Allawi A, Burlew CC, Maung A, Davis K, Cogbill T, Bonne S, Livingston D, Coimbra R and Kozar RA. Natural history of splenic vascular abnormalities after blunt injury: A Western Trauma Association multicenter trial, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 2017; May. 

Hartwell JL, Cotton A, Rozycki G. Optimizing Nutrition for the Surgical Patient: An Evidenced Based Update to Dispel Five Common Myths in Surgical Nutrition Care, submitted for publication,  July 2017. 


Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Dean and Chief Wellness Officer
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery
  • FACS
  • CNSC
  • Education
    2011 FEL University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
    2010 RES University of Illinois at Chicago
    2005 MD Wright State University
    1998 BA Miami University
  • Research

    --surgical nutrition


    --process improvement

  • Professional Organizations
    American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
    American College of Surgeons
    American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
    Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
    Society for Critical Care Medicine
    Western Trauma Association
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Surgery - Surgical Critical Care
  • Clinical Interests

    --surgical nutrition


    --critical care 


  • Awards
    Org: Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery
    Desc: Excellence in Teaching Medical Students
    Scope: Department
    Org: AOA
    Desc: Clinical Teaching Award
    Scope: Department
    Org: University of Illinois
    Desc: Surgery Best Resident Teacher Award
    Scope: Department
    Org: OhioHealth
    Desc: Physician Compassion and Caring Award
    Scope: Local
    Org: OhioHealth
    Desc: Preceptor of the Year
    Scope: Local

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