EMS Medical Director


Dr. Edward Bartkus is the Physician Medical Director (PMD) of Putnam County Operation Life.  The PMD provides evidence-based patient care protocols, clinical validation of advanced life support providers practicing at Operation Life, quality assurance and improvement oversight of EMS provider practice, clinical assurance and educational guidance.

He received his M.D. in 1995 from the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Medicine and is a 1998 graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine residency, where he served as Chief Resident.  Prior experience includes work as a paramedic, Director of Paramedic Education at OHSU, Chair of Oregon’s State EMS Committee, State EMS Training Coordinator for Wyoming, and a law enforcement officer.  He joined the Indiana University School of Medicine from the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, where he served as the Acting Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the ALS Base Station Medical Director.bartkus lab

Dr. Bartkus is the EMS Medical Director for Methodist Hospital and the Adult and Trauma Care Medical Director for the IU Health LifeLine Critical Care Transport program.  He serves as a manuscript reviewer for Academic Emergency Medicine in the areas of EMS and medical informatics.  He is the Medical Director for the Tactical EMS team supporting the Indianapolis FBI Office SWAT team and Indiana State Police ERT team.  Ed also serves as the Medical Director for Methodist’s Disaster Management Team and teaches at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama.  He is ABEM certified and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  His interests include pain management, simulation, and advanced airway management.

In addition to all of the above, Dr. Bartkus serves on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Board of Directors, remains a licensed paramedic and is board certified as a flight paramedic.

Ed is married to Anne Patrick, a nurse practitioner, and spends his time off enjoying time with their twins, cooking, and traveling.