Meet Dr. Kathleen Bell
Neuro-Rehabilitation Expert in Dallas

Holder of the:
Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research

Kathleen Bell, M.D., Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is a nationally recognized leader in rehabilitation medicine. A specialist in neuro-rehabilitation, Dr. Bell also plays a significant role with the Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair, an initiative to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries.

As Chair of the Department, Dr. Bell is developing a strategic plan for the next three to five years that will include growth in neuro-trauma, neuro-rehabilitation, and cancer rehabilitation.

“There’s nothing but opportunity ahead of us,” she says. “We plan to develop an already strong Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) department into a world-class PM&R department.”

Dr. Bell came to UT Southwestern after a long tenure at the University of Washington, where she held a number of leadership roles, including Medical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program and Chief of Clinical Services in Rehabilitation Medicine.

As a clinician, Dr. Bell focuses on rehabilitation after acquired brain injuries; traumatic brain injuries including concussions, strokes, and brain tumors; and anoxic and metabolic brain injuries.

She finds the brain endlessly fascinating and enjoys rehabilitation medicine because it concentrates on teamwork that has the patient at the center of the team.

“I work with my patients as partners in their care,” she says. “They are intricately involved in planning, evaluating, and moving forward with treatment.”

Dr. Bell is also passionate about her research into traumatic brain injuries.

“Only recently have we developed advanced understanding of some of the basic mechanisms of what happens to the brain when it sustains a blow or injury,” she says. “It’s an exciting time to be studying the brain and how it functions and recovers.”