50488-Bell, Lauren

Lauren A. Bell, MD


HS 1001
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Bell grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of two physicians. She developed an interest in service and working with youth early on and focused her extracurricular pursuits on early childhood education and immigrant rights while getting a double major in Comparative Literature and Society and Hispanic Studies at Columbia College in New York City before joining the Peace Corps and serving in Cambodia. During her service, she developed a passion for public health while working in youth development with rural young women and related sexual and reproductive health, sanitation, and mental health. She then decided to pursue an MD/MPH in order to be able to work on research related to preventive services as well as continue providing the direct face-to-face service that brings her so much joy. She pursued her premedical studies through the postbaccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College, then worked teaching nutrition in Philadelphia schools before getting her MD/MPH back at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman College of Public Health through the department of Population and Family Health. During the course of her medical and public health training she pursued research and volunteer work related to uninsured health clinics, substance use in young adults, and red reflex screening in Cambodia. She then completed Pediatric Residency at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she investigated positive community, school, and interpersonal factors as protection against suspension while continuing to volunteer in immigrant health at an uninsured clinic and also working to form and lead a training on pregnancy options counseling for residents. Dr. Bell plans to build a research portfolio at Riley utilizing implementation science and cost effectiveness measures and modeling to support and modify evidence-based community-desired interventions for vulnerable populations including justice-involved youth, homeless youth, and pregnant and parenting teens.

Titles & Appointments

  • Resident Appointee
  • Education
    2017 MD Columbia University Vagelos College Of Physicians And Surgeons

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