David Bell

David Bell

David Bell

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.



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

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, Community-Based Healthcare, Male Health, Minority Health, Underserved Populations, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Health, Sexuality, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Sex Education and Safe Sex, Teen Pregnancy, Public Health Education

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: Consulted with St. Lucia's Ministry of Health on improving adolescent and young adult male health engagement and services.

Pediatric Global Health Program: 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, David L. "Violence Prevention and Gender Transformative Programming." Journal of Adolescent Health 67.5 (2020): 623-624.

Lindberg, Laura D., David L. Bell, and Leslie M. Kantor. "The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (2020).

Bell, David L. "Mourning." Journal of Adolescent Health 67.4 (2020): 621.

Lalas, J., Garbers, S., Gold, M. A., Allegrante, J. P., & Bell, D. L. (2020). Young Mens Communication With Partners and Contraception Use: A Systematic Review. Journal of Adolescent Health.

Guzman, Alexis, et al. "Acceptability of a Phone App-Based Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Young Men’s Health." Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science 5.3 (2020): 258-265.

Bell, David L., and Samantha Garbers. "Early Sexual Initiation Among Boys: What Should We Do?." JAMA pediatrics 173.6 (2019): 522-523.

Bell DL, Breland DJ, Ott MA. Adolescent and Young Adult Male Health: A Review. Pediatrics 2013;132:535-546.

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