14647-Bell, David

David R. Bell, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

IPFW Med Ed 111
Fort Wayne, IN
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     Dr. Bell joined the faculty of the Indiana University of Medicine- Fort Wayne in 1989 after serving as a research fellow in the Department of Cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative and Cellular Physiology at the IUSM. Dr. Bell has received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physiology and Biophysics. He did a post-doctoral research fellowship as an NIH awardee in the Hypertension Program Project in the Department of Physiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Bell’s research interests have focused on cardiovascular pathophysiology. He has conducted and published his research in the areas of hypertension, cardiac mechanics, circulatory pathophysiology, fluid mechanics, abnormalities of vascular smooth muscle reactivity and the function of the endothelial NO system in cardiovascular disease. His most recent studies have focused on modulation of coronary vascular function by estrogens and natural polyphenolics as well as how those compounds protect coronary arteries from oxygen radical mediated injury. He has given numerous presentations and invited seminars on his research at national and international meetings for over 40 years. He received a top ten newsworthy designation by the American Physiological Society for his work on plant polyphenolics and vascular function. 

     Since joining the IUSM he has served as course director, developer and instructor for the Medical Physiology course at the IUSM-Fort Wayne as well as an instructor for several areas of the Medical Pharmacology course where he has more recently served as co-course director. He is the site director for the new courses in Fundamentals of Health and Disease and Hematology and Cardiology at the IUSM-Fort Wayne. Dr. Bell is co-editor and author of 3 editions of a major textbook in medical physiology, the author of a medical physiology review textbook and a multiple chapter author in an undergraduate physiology textbook. He is the national chairman in physiology for Doody’s Review Services, Inc. He is a member of the IUSM Admissions Committee, the Curriculum Council Steering Committee, the Curriculum Council Basic Sciences Committee, the Teacher Learner Advocacy Committee and is the education liaison to the IUSM for the Fort Wayne center. He has been a member, team leader and committee chairman for numerous IUSM curriculum committees including all those involved with the creation of the new medical school curriculum for the IUSM.

     Dr. Bell is a member of the American Physiological Society and the American Medical Writers Association. He has been married for 42 years to his wife Pamela who is a chemist, medical technologist and secondary school chemistry educator. They have two children: Andrew who is a tax, estate and real estate attorney in Chicago and Elizabeth who is a board certified pediatrician and fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at the Detroit Medical Center. 


Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
  • Education
    1983 PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham
    1977 MS Michigan State University
    1974 BS Michigan State University
  • Professional Organizations
    American Heart Association

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