A leader in bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery, Robert Bell, MD, MA, FACS, is among few surgeons in the New York metropolitan area who perform revisionary (corrective) obesity surgeries.
Dr. Bell earned his BS and MA in biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and he earned his MD with honors at Texas A & M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple, Texas. After graduating, he completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale – New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Bell completed fellowships in laparoscopic an endoscopic surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Bell is the recipient of more than 18 academic honors and awards, including the Yale University School of Medicine Outstanding Surgical Teacher Award and Edward H. Storer, MD, Award for Excellence in Surgical Teaching. He graduated first in his medical school class. Dr. Bell is a Texas A & M University College of Medicine Gathwright Scholar.
In addition to his position at Summit Medical Group, Dr. Bell is Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He is Founder and Former Medical Director of the Yale – New Haven Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program and Former Medical Director of the Yale – New Haven Hospital Minimally Invasive Surgery Program. Dr. Bell also established and is Former Director of the Yale Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program.
“I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people who are morbidly obese and unable to lose weight with diet and exercise,” says Dr. Bell.
Dr. Bell is a member of the Society of Laparendoscopic Surgeons Bariatrics Interest Group Committee, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Research Committee, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Communications Committee. He is a fellow of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and American College of Surgeons and he is a member of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgery, New England Surgical Society, Connecticut State Medical Society, Society of University Surgeons, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Bell has been featured in videos demonstrating laparoscopic and endoscopic techniques that have been presented to the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. A sought-after speaker, he has delivered local, regional, national, and international invited presentations in his field. Dr. Bell is the author or coauthor of articles, abstracts, and book chapters primarily devoted to bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery, some of which are published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Journal of the American College of Surgery, Obesity Surgery,Critical Care Medicine, and Surgical Endoscopy. He is an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and Journal of the American Medical Association, to name a few.