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David L. Bell

Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons

David L. Bell, MD, MPH is an adolescent medicine physician. Dr. Bell is the Medical Director of the Family Planning Program that includes the Young Men's Clinic, a unique adjunct to New York Presbyterian Hospital's Family Planning Clinic. Since 1999, Dr. Bell has been Medical Director of the Young Men's Clinic. In that capacity, he delivers primary care to adolescent and young adults males and is a strong advocate for the right of young men to have access to high quality and respectful services that address the issues relevant to adolescent and young men, which includes attention to their sexual and reproductive health.

Dr. Bell is active locally, nationally, and internationally. He advises and teaches medical students, residents, and public health students. He lectures and leads workshops nationally on young men's health issues. He is part of a team from the Department of Pediatrics fostering improved care for adolescents in Uganda. He served on Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative Advisory Board. He has also served as a consultant for the Federal Office of Population Affairs and the Pan American Health Organization.

Dr. Bell has received several honors, including Castle Connolly's Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, MSNBC's "theGrio's 100", Mentor of the Year; and NYPH Physician of the Year. Dr. Bell has been featured on MTV, BET, CBS, NPR, and National Geographic Taboo
  View Faculty CV here (PDF).
Education & Training:

    MPH, 1997, University of California at Berkeley

    MD, 1989, University of Texas

    BA, 1983, University of Texas


Mailman School Affiliations:

  • Center for Community Health and Education

Additional Affiliations:

  • Member, Society of Adolescent Medicine
Honors and Awards:
  • ACLU Award for Reproductive Health Rights, 2004
  • Black and Latino Student Organization Mentor of the Year, 2012
  • Physician of the Year, 2012
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Journal of Men's Health, editorial board
    • Journal of Adolescent Health, anonymous reviewer
New York City
    The Young Men's Clinic
    As the Medical Director since 1999, and along with colleagues, he provides primary care services to young men ages 14-35yo with a focus on sexual and reproductive health.

    The Family Planning Clinic
    As the Medical Director of the Family Planning Clinic, he oversees the medical services for family planning services.

    Pan American Health Organiztion Men's Health Consultant
    At the invitation of St. Lucia's Ministry of Health, he is a consultant to enhance services to men.
    Countries: Saint Lucia

    Pediatric Global Health Program Project URL: http://Makerere / Columbia University Department of Pediatrics Collaboration

    Bell DL. “Engaging Males in Services” and “Male Sexual and Reproductive Health”. 2012 State of the Art Workshop: Care of the Adolescent; November 29-30, 2012; Kampala, Uganda: Columbia University Department of Pediatrics and Makerere University
    Countries: Uganda

Selected Publications:
  • Bell, D. L., & Ginsburg, K. R. Connecting the Adolescent Male with Health Care Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 14 555-564 2003
  • Marcell, A. V., & Bell, D. L. Making the most of the adolescent male health visit Adolescent Medicine 23 50-63 2006
  • Marcell, A. V., Bell, D. L., Lindberg, L. D., & Takruri, A. Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infection/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Counseling Services Received by Teen Males, 1995-2002. Journal of Adolescent Health 46 553-559 2010
  • Rosenberger, J. G., Bell, D. L., McBride, K. R., Fortenberry, J. D., & Ott, M. A. Condoms and developmental contexts in younger adolescent boys. Sexually Transmitted Infections 86 400-403 2010
  • Jones HE, Pressman EJ, Bell DL, et al. Managing chlamydia infections in young men: results from an audit of a public men's clinic in New York City. International Journal of STD & AIDS 22 581-4 2011
  • Ott MA, Ghani N, McKenzie F, Rosenberger JG, Bell DL. Adolescent boys' experiences of first sex. Cult Health Sex 14 781-93 2012
  • Bell, D. L. and Ginsburg, K. R. Connecting the Adolescent Male with Health Care Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews 14(3) 555-564 2003
  • Bell, D. L. Adolescent Male Sexuality Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews 14(3) 583 - 594. 2003

Contact Information


CCHE, 60 Haven, B3

New York, NY 10032