David Louis Bell, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Pediatrics and Population & Family Health at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Male

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Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • MPH, 1997 University of California at Berkeley
  • Internship: Bellevue Hospital
  • Residency: Bellevue Hospital
  • Fellowship: University of California-San Francisco Medical Center

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, Society of Adolescent Medicine

Editorial Boards

Journal of Men's Health, editorial board

Journal of Adolescent Health, anonymous reviewer

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics

Honors & Awards

ACLU Award for Reproductive Health Rights, 2004

Black and Latino Student Organization Mentor of the Year, 2012

Physician of the Year, 2012

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor


Research Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Community Health
  • LGBT health
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Public Health Education

Selected 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.

Global Health 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

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.