Kathleen Bell, M.D.
Kathleen Bell, M.D.

Kathleen Bell, M.D.

  • Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute
  • Kimberly-Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research
  • Physical Medicine & Rehab
  • Concussion
  • Stroke

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.”

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Biography

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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.

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Education & Training
  • Research Fellowship - University of Washington School of Medicine (1985), Neurology Rehabilitation
  • Residency - University of Washington School of Medicine (1984), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine (1981)
Books & Publications
Research
  • post-traumatic headache
  • problem solving treatment
  • traumatic brain injury and recovery
  • sleep disorders after traumatic brain injury

Clinical Focus

  • Concussion
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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5303 Harry Hines Blvd.
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