Biography for Dr. Kathleen Bell

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Kathleen Bell, M.D., is a neuro-rehabilitation specialist and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She holds the Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research.

Dr. Bell received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Temple University Medical School. She completed a residency in rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington as well as a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research fellowship.

Dr. Bell joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1985 and remained there until joining UT Southwestern in 2014. At the University of Washington, she held a number of leadership positions including Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, Medical Director of Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinics, Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Fellowship Program, and Chief of Clinical Services for Rehabilitation Medicine.

In addition to being Chair of the PM&R Department and seeing patients at UT Southwestern, Dr. Bell co-directs the Mobility Foundation Center with Hunt Batjer, M.D., Chair of Neurological Surgery. She is also a leading investigator in the Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair.

Dr. Bell is a nationally recognized researcher in the field of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She has been continuously funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Department of Defense, among other sources. She has been published extensively in this area and has given presentations all over the world about her work.

Dr. Bell has been actively engaged with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1987. For 2014-15, she is serving as President of the Executive Board. She also is a member of the International Brain Injury Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Association of Academic Physiatrists.