David Bell

David Bell

David Bell

Associate Professor
Population and Family Health and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center


CCHE, 60 Haven, B3
New York NY USA 10032
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David L. Bell, MD, MPH is an adolescent medicine physician. Since 1999, Dr. Bell is the Medical Director of the Young Men's Clinic, a unique adjunct to New York Presbyterian Hospital's Family Planning 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 serves on Mayor De Blasio's Sexual Health Education Taskforce. He also currently serves as a expert consultant for the Office of Population Affairs. 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.



MPH, 1997, University of California at Berkeley
MD, 1989, University of Texas
BA, 1983, University of Texas

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty, Center for Community Health and Education

Editorial Boards

Journal of Men's Health, editorial board
Journal of Adolescent Health, anonymous reviewer

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Other Affiliations

Member, Society of Adolescent Medicine

Honors & Awards

ACLU Award for Reproductive Health Rights, 2004
Black and Latino Student Organization Mentor of the Year, 2012
Physician of the Year, 2012

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Health, Male Health, Minority Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Sexuality, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Sex Education and Safe Sex, Teen Pregnancy

Select Urban Health Activities

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.
Mayor De Blasio's Sexual Health Education TaskForce: The Taskforce is appointed to make recommendations to the mayor of NYC regarding improving sexual health education for the students in the NYC educational system and to advise over a four-year period.

Select Global Activities

Pan American Health Organiztion Men's Health Consultant, Saint Lucia: Consulted with St. Lucia's Ministry of Health on improving adolescent and young adult male health engagement and services.
Pediatric Global Health Program, Uganda: With other Pediatric and Adolescent medicine colleagues, collaborated with Ugandan colleagues to enhance their adolescent collaborations and to establish the Ugandan Society of Adolescent Health. Bell, DL, State of the Art Workshop: Care of the Adolescent; November 29-30, 2012; Kampala, Uganda: Columbia University Department of Pediatrics and Makerere University

Select Publications

Bell DL, Breland DJ, Ott MA. Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health: A Review. Pediatrics 2013;132:535-546.
Bell DL" Creating a Male Adolescent-Friendly Space " in Ginsburg KR and Kinsman SB, eds. Reaching Teens: Wisdom from Adolescent Medicine. Elks Grove Village IL; American Academy of Pediatrics; 2013. (A Textbook and Video Product)
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
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

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