- Research Fellowship - University of Washington School of Medicine (1984-1985), Neurology Rehabilitation
- Residency - University of Washington School of Medicine (1981-1984), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine (1977-1981)
Kathleen Bell, M.D.
- Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research
- Physical Medicine & Rehab
- Traumatic Brain Injury
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.
She was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018.
Meet Dr. Bell
Neuro-Rehabilitation Expert in Dallas
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.”
Understanding pain after traumatic brain injury: impact on community participation.
Hoffman JM, Pagulayan KF, Zawaideh N, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Bell KR American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists 2007 Dec 86 12 962-9
The effect of telephone counselling on reducing post-traumatic symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury: a randomised trial.
Bell KR, Hoffman JM, Temkin NR, Powell JM, Fraser RT, Esselman PC, Barber JK, Dikmen S Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry 2008 Nov 79 11 1275-81
The efficacy of a scheduled telephone intervention for ameliorating depressive symptoms during the first year after traumatic brain injury.
Bombardier CH, Bell KR, Temkin NR, Fann JR, Hoffman J, Dikmen S The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation 2009 Jul-Aug 24 4 230-8
Natural history of headache after traumatic brain injury.
Hoffman JM, Lucas S, Dikmen S, Braden CA, Brown AW, Brunner R, Diaz-Arrastia R, Walker WC, Watanabe TK, Bell KR Journal of neurotrauma 2011 Sep 28 9 1719-25
Characterization of headache after traumatic brain injury.
Lucas S, Hoffman JM, Bell KR, Walker W, Dikmen S Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2012 Jun 32 8 600-6
Comorbidity of pain and depression among persons with traumatic brain injury.
Sullivan-Singh SJ, Sawyer K, Ehde DM, Bell KR, Temkin N, Dikmen S, Williams RM, Hoffman JM Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2014 Jun 95 6 1100-5
A Longitudinal Study of Headache Trajectories in the Year Following Mild TBI: Relationship to PTSD Symptoms.
Sawyer K, Bell KR, Ehde D, Temkin N, Dikmen S, Williams RM, Dillworth T, Hoffman JM Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2015 Jul
Telephone Problem-Solving Treatment Improves Sleep Quality in Service Members With Combat-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Results From a Randomized Clinical Trial.
Vuletic S, Bell KR, Jain S, Bush N, Temkin N, Fann JR, Stanfill KE, Dikmen S, Brockway JA, He F, Ernstrom K, Raman R, Grant G, Stein MB, Gahm GA The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation 2016 Mar-Apr 31 2 147-57
Symptoms of Concussion and Comorbid Disorders.
Junn C, Bell KR, Shenouda C, Hoffman JM Current pain and headache reports 2015 Sep 19 9 519
A Telehealth Approach to Caregiver Self-Management Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Powell JM, Fraser R, Brockway JA, Temkin N, Bell KR The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation 2015 Jul
Concussion treatment after combat trauma: Development of a telephone based, problem solving intervention for service members.
Bell KR, Brockway JA, Fann JR, Cole WR, De Lore JS, Bush N, Lang AJ, Hart T, Warren M, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Jain S, Raman R, Stein MB Contemporary clinical trials 2014 Nov 40C 54-62
Headache After Traumatic Brain Injury: A National Survey of Clinical Practices and Treatment Approaches.
Brown AW, Watanabe TK, Hoffman JM, Bell KR, Lucas S, Dikmen S PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2014 Jul
A prospective study of prevalence and characterization of headache following mild traumatic brain injury.
Lucas S, Hoffman JM, Bell KR, Dikmen S Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache 2014 Feb 34 2 93-102
Physiatry Practice Now and in 2032: How to Thrive in the Post-Health Care Reform World.
Wu SS, Peck J, Weinstein SM, Arikan Y, Bell KR, Kaelin DL PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2014 Aug
Analyzing the ingredients of a telephone counseling intervention for traumatic brain injury.
Hart T, Brockway JA, Whyte J, Bell KR, Neuberger S, Chervoneva I Disability and rehabilitation 2013 Sep 35 19 1668-75
Development of posttraumatic stress disorder after mild traumatic brain injury.
Hoffman JM, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Bell KR Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2012 Feb 93 2 287-92
Systematic review of interventions for post-traumatic headache.
Watanabe TK, Bell KR, Walker WC, Schomer K PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2012 Feb 4 2 129-40
Association of sleep and co-occurring psychological conditions at 1 year after traumatic brain injury.
Fogelberg DJ, Hoffman JM, Dikmen S, Temkin NR, Bell KR Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2012 Aug 93 8 1313-8
Change in inpatient rehabilitation admissions for individuals with traumatic brain injury after implementation of the Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system.
Hoffman JM, Donoso Brown E, Chan L, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Bell KR Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2012 Aug 93 8 1305-12
Scheduled telephone intervention for traumatic brain injury: a multicenter randomized controlled trial.
Bell KR, Brockway JA, Hart T, Whyte J, Sherer M, Fraser RT, Temkin NR, Dikmen SS Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2011 Oct 92 10 1552-60
Impact of traumatic brain injury on participation in leisure activities.
Wise EK, Mathews-Dalton C, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Machamer J, Bell K, Powell JM Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2010 Sep 91 9 1357-62
Accuracy of mild traumatic brain injury diagnosis.
Powell JM, Ferraro JV, Dikmen SS, Temkin NR, Bell KR Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2008 Aug 89 8 1550-5
The effect of a scheduled telephone intervention on outcome after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury: a randomized trial.
Bell KR, Temkin NR, Esselman PC, Doctor JN, Bombardier CH, Fraser RT, Hoffman JM, Powell JM, Dikmen S Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2005 May 86 5 851-6
Recruitment and attrition issues in military clinical trials and health research studies.
Bush NE, Sheppard SC, Fantelli E, Bell KR, Reger MA Military medicine 2013 178 11 1157-63
Fatigue and traumatic brain injury.
Bell KR Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2015 Mar 96 3 567-8
Information/Education Page. Spasticity and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Bell K, DiTommaso C Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 2016 Jan 97 1 179-80
- Understanding pain after traumatic brain injury: impact on community participation.
- post-traumatic headache
- problem solving treatment
- traumatic brain injury and recovery
- sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
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