Douglas Bell

Professor-in-Residence, Medicine, University of California Los Angeles

Professor-in-Residence, Computational Medicine, University of California Los Angeles


BOX 951736, 911 Broxton Plz
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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We have entered the era of “Big Data” in biomedicine, with growing amounts of information available from electronic health records (EHRs) and from sources such as genomics. Biomedical informatics is the field that seeks to understand and implement effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making. Dr. Douglas Bell's career has been devoted to several sub-domains of biomedical informatics, all aimed at amplifying the process of biomedical discovery and transforming the process of clinical care. As Leader of the Informatics Program of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), Dr. Bell's efforts are now focused on strengthening UCLA’s capacity in biomedical informatics and on training programs that attract and build the informatics talent that UCLA needs to extend its leadership in biomedicine and health care delivery.


Leader, Biomedical Informatics Program of UCLA CTSI
Research Scientist, RAND

Awards and Honors

  • National Merit Scholar, Ohio Academic Scholar, 1981.
  • Silver Medal Award, RAND, 2010.
  • Election to ACMI, American College of Medical Informatics, 2007.
  • Distinction, Doctoral Qualifying Examination, UCLA Department of Health Services, 1998.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, 1984.
  • Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, American Medical Informatics Association,, 1994.
  • Best Poster Award, American Medical Informatics Association Annual Fall Symposium, 2016.
  • Biochemistry Award, Western Reserve College, 1985.
  • Honors in a Special Field: Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School, 1990.
  • Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/NIH Research Scholars Program, 1988.