SarahBeth Hartlage was born in Alabama, where the weather is humid and college football is king. Early on, she developed a love for science and technology, building her first computer at the age of nine and signing up for science camp every summer. She is a proud graduate of Virgil I. Grissom High School, a Blue Ribbon public school, where she was a National Merit Scholar.
Dr. Hartlage’s postsecondary education began at The University of Alabama, where she majored in Microbiology and minored in Computer Science. She was a Presidential scholar and active in many student organizations, including the campaign to Save Foster Auditorium, which preserved the famous “schoolhouse door” from which Governor Wallace made his infamous remarks on racism, revitalizing the building into an active sports facility and helping to rewrite its legacy. Perhaps most importantly, she managed to acquire season tickets for Alabama Football, which she plans to keep forever (Roll Tide!).
After college, Dr. Hartlage earned a Master’s Degree at Tulane University, focused on Cell and Molecular Biology. She then continued her research, which focused on a macrophage pathogen survival model, as a Medical Student at the University of South Alabama. She earned the Alumni Association Scholarship as a first year student, and completed her MD before matching into an anesthesiology residency at the University of Louisville. While at UofL, Dr. Hartlage was honored to be named Chief Resident by her peers and the faculty. After completing her residency, she was recruited to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, where she cared for vulnerable patients in specialty areas such as Obstetrics and Trauma while also teaching medical students and resident physicians.