Joshua D Hartzell


Lieutenant Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Program Director of Internal Medicine
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Medical Education, leadership development, mentoring
Infectious Diseases
Office Phone


1994-98 BS, Biology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
1998-2002 MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
2002-05 Internal Medicine Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2006-09 Infectious Disease Fellow, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2015-2017 MS-HPEd, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions


Lieutenant Colonel Joshua D. Hartzell, MD currently serves as the Program Director for the National Capital Consortium Internal Medicine Residency Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). His previous roles included being the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, Assistant Chief of Graduate Medical Education (GME), and Army Intern Director at WRNMMC and the the Assistant Dean for Faculty Development and Director of Internal Medicine Selectives at the Uniformed Services University. He is a board certified Internist and Infectious Diseases Physician.

Dr. Hartzell has a variety of research and scholarly interests. He has conducted research on infectious diseases to include pertussis, multidrug resistant organisms, leishmaniasis and Q fever. He was the lead author for the Armed Forces Practice Guidelines for the Management of Q fever and was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working group on Q fever that published similar recommendations. Dr. Hartzell’s primary interests, however, are medical education, mentoring, and leadership development. In particular, Dr. Hartzell has an interest in developing the leadership and teaching skills of residents and faculty. Dr. Hartzell attended the Stanford Faculty Development Clinical Teaching Course in October 2013 and has avidly been conducting faculty development since that time. Dr. Hartzell developed an military wide leadership curriculum for Graduate Medical Education that began in 2017.


Moawad F, Wilson R, Kunar M, Hartzell JD. Role of the Battalion Surgeon in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Mil Med. 2012; 177(4):412-6.

Hartzell JD, Gleeson T, Scoville S, Massung R, Wortmann G, Martin G. Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Q Fever by The Armed Forces Infectious Diseases Society. Mil Med. 2012;177(5): 484-494.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diagnosis and Management of Q Fever - United States, 2013: Recommendations from CDC and the Q Fever Working Group. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2013; 62(RR-03):1-30.

Hartzell JD, Goldstein N, Vela M. AOA Fellow in Leadership Award: A novel program for developing diverse mid-career leaders. Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 2016 Winter;79(1):2-9.

Cohee BM, Koplin SA, Shimeall WT, Quast TM, Hartzell JD. Results of a Formal Mentorship Program for Internal Medicine Residents: Can We Facilitate Genuine Mentorship? J Grad Med Educ. 2015;7(1):105-8.

Hartzell JD, Yu CE, Cohee B, Nelson M, Wilson R. Moving Beyond Accidental Leadership: A Graduate Medical Education Leadership Curriculum Needs Assessment. Mil Med 2017; 182(7): e1815–e1822.

Sadowski B, Medina H, Hartzell JD, Shimeall B. Making Night Float Education and Patient Safety Soar. J Grad Med Educ. 2017 Dec;9(6):755-758.

Sadowski B, Cantrell S, Barelski A, O'Malley PG, Hartzell JD. Leadership Training in Graduate Medical Education: A Systematic Review. J Grad Med Educ. 2018;10(2):134-148.

Barsoumian A, Hartzell JD, Bonura E, Ressner R, Whitman T, Yun HC. Factors Impacting Selection of Infectious Disease Training for Military Internal Medicine Residents. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 30;67(10):1582-1587.

Scott SE, Cook S, Farmer MA, Kim SK, Pomfret RW, Samardzic K, Hartzell JD, Hutchinson JW. The Rising Physicians Program: A Novel Approach for Mentoring Medical Students. Mil Med. 2018 Nov 13. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usy289.