Louis M. Bell, MD

Dr. Bell is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and a professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bell is a nationally recognized expert in the field of hospital-acquired infections.

Areas of Expertise: Computerized clinical decision support to improve the quality of care, Epidemiology, Management and treatment of common pediatric infectious diseases
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

    Internship

    Pediatrics - Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    Pediatrics - Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA.

    Fellowship

    Infectious Diseases - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Infectious Diseases
    Pediatrics

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Chief, Division of General Pediatrics

    Associate Chair for Clinical Activities

    Attending physician, General Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases Services

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    2012

    Schwartz MW, editor. The five-minute pediatric consult. 6th ed. Bell LM, Bingham PM, Chung EK, Friedman DF, Loomes KM, Mamula P, Mascarenhas MR, Tanel RE, associate editors. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c2012. 1136 p.

    2008

    Schwartz MW, editor. The five-minute pediatric consult. 5th ed. Bell LM, Bingham PM, Chung EK, Friedman DF, Loomes KM, Mamula P, Mascarenhas MR, Tanel RE, associate editors. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c2008.

    2007

    Pediatric otolaryngology: the requisites in pediatrics. Wetmore R, editor. St. Louis (MO): Mosby; c2007. 1112 p. (Bell LM, series editor. The requisites in pediatrics.)

    2006

    Vetter VL, editor. Pediatric cardiology: the requisites in pediatrics. St. Louis (MO): Mosby; c2006. 384 p. (Bell LM, series editor. The requisites in pediatrics.)

    2005

    Moshang T, editor. Pediatric endocrinology: the requisites in pediatrics. St. Louis (MO): Mosby; 2005 304 p. (Bell LM, series editor. The requisites in pediatrics.)

    Schwartz MW, editor. The five minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Bell LM, Bingham PM, Chung EK, Friedman DF, Mulberg AE, Tanel RE, associate editors. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c2005. 1104 p.

    Kaplan B, Meyer K, editors. Pediatric nephrology: the requisites in pediatrics. St. Louis (MO): Mosby; c2005. 424 p. (Bell LM, series editor. The requisites in pediatrics.)

    Panitch HB, editor. Pediatric pulmonology: the requisites in pediatrics. St. Louis (MO): Mosby; 2005. 256 p. (Bell LM, series editor. The requisites in pediatrics.)

    2004

    Dormans JP, editor. Pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine: the requisites in pediatrics. St. Louis (MO): Mosby; c2004. 496 p. (Bell LM, series editor. The requisites in pediatrics.)

    2003

    Schwartz MW, editor. The five minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Bell LM, Bingham PM, Chung EK, Cohen MI, Friedman DF, Mulberg AE, associate editors. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c2003. 1040 p.

    Offit PA, Bell LM. Vaccines, what you should know. 3rd ed. Hoboken (NJ): John Wiley & Sons; 2003.

    1999

    Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. 2nd ed. Bell LM, associate editor. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c1999. 975 p.

    Offit PA, Bell LM. What every parent should know about vaccines. 2nd ed. New York: MacMillan Publishing USA; 1999.

    Offit PA, Fass-Offit B, Bell LM. Breaking the antibiotic habit. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 1999.

    1998

    Bell LM, Manning ML, Steinman M, Brooks J. Guide to common childhood infections. New York: MacMillan Publishing USA; 1998.

    Offit PA, Bell LM. What every parent should know about vaccines. New York: MacMillan Publishing USA; 1998.

    1996

    Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. Bell LM, associate editor. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; c1996. 1007 p.

    Chapters

    2010

    Bell LM. Shock. In: Fleisher GR, Ludwig S, editors. Textbook of pediatric emergency medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010. p. 46-57. 

    2008

    Alpern E, Bell LM. Fever. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 2008. 

    2005

    Bell LM. Parvovirus B19. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 614-15.  

    Bell LM. Tularemia. In: Schwartz editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 874-75.

    Bell LM. Measles. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 534-35.

    Bell LM. Diphtheria. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 338-39.

    Bell LM. German measles. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 390-91.

    Bell LM. Menigococcemia. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 542-43.

    Bell LM. Cat-scratch. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc.; 2005. p. 224-25.

    2004

    Bell LM. Fever and rash. In: Shah S, editor. Blueprints guide-pediatric infectious diseases. Malden (MA): Blackwell Publishing; 2004. p.146-53.

    Bell LM, Bogner H. Patient 41: a 7 month old boy with fever and decreased shoulder range of motion. In: Baren J, Alpern E, editors. Emergency medicine pearls. Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, Inc.; 2004. p. 117-19.

    2003

    Bell LM. Ascaris Lumbricoides. In: Schwartz W, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 136-37.

    Bell LM. Meningococcemia. In: Schwartz W, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 530-31.

    Bell LM. Tularemia. In: Schwartz W, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 852-53.

    Bell LM. Herpes simplex virus. In: Schwartz W, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 432-33.

    Bell LM. Meningitis. In: Schwartz W, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 528-29.

    Bell LM. Measles. In: Schwartz W, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 522-23.

    2002

    Louie JP, Bell LM. Appropriate use of antibiotics for common infections in an era of increasing resistance. In: Cantor RM, Callahan JM, editors. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2002; 20:69-91.

    2000

    Bell LM. Commentary on Clinical characteristics and outcomes of children with pneumonia attributable to penicillin – susceptible and penicillin – nonsusceptible streptococcus pneumonia. In: Stockman JA, editor. Yearbook of Pediatrics 2000. Philadelphia: Mosby; 2000. p. 81-3.

    Manning ML, Bell LM. Judicious use of antibiotic agents in common childhood respiratory illness. In: Tobias NE, Klemt CS, Leslie M, editors. The Nursing Clinics of North America. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. 2000; 35:87-94.

    Bell LM. Shock. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, editors. Textbook of pediatric emergency medicine. 4th ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins; 2000. p. 47-57.

    1999

    Bell LM, Magnusson M. Management of fever. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1999. p. 305-308.

    Lavelle J, Bell LM. Sexually transmitted diseases. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1999. p. 617-30.

    1998

    Bell LM. Osteomyelitis. In: Aghababian RV, editor. Emergency medicine: the core curriculum. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1998. p. 739.

    Bell LM. Septic joint. In: Aghababian RV, editor. Emergency medicine: the core curriculum. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1998. p. 741.

    Bagarazzi M, Bell LM. Diseases of the alimentary tract: parasites. In: Altshuler SM, Liacouras CA, editors. Clinical pediatric gastroenterology for the primary care physician. London (UK): Churchill Livingstone, London, UK; 1998. p. 247-53.

    1997

    Foster JA, Watson B, Bell LM. Travel with infants and children. In: Shoff WH, Shepherd SM, editors. Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Travel Related Emergencies. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company. 1997; 15(1):71-92.

    Friedland L, Bell LM. Hazardous exposures. In: Henretig FM, King C, editors. Pediatric emergency procedures. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1997. p. 51-64.

    Bell LM, Tsarouhas N. Obtaining biologic specimens. In: Henretig FM, King C, editors. Pediatric emergency procedures. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1997. p. 1245-64.

    Bell LM. Transurethral bladder catheterization. In: Dieckmann RA, Fiser DH, Selbst SM, editors. Illustrated textbook of pediatric emergency and critical care procedures. Philadelphia: Mosby; 1997. p. 413-16.

    Bell LM. Suprapubic bladder aspiration. In: Dieckmann RA, Fiser DH, Selbst SM, editors. Illustrated textbook of pediatric emergency and critical care procedures. Philadelphia: Mosby; 1997. p. 417-19.

    Bell LM. Reduction of an incarcerated inguinal hernia. In: Dieckmann RA, Fiser DH, Selbst SM, editors. Illustrated textbook of pediatric emergency and critical care procedures. Philadelphia: Mosby; 1997. p. 423-24.

    Bell LM, Magnusson M. Management of fever. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1995. p. 297- 300.

    1996

    Bell LM. Shock. In: Fleisher GR, Ludwig S, editors. Synopsis of pediatric emergency medicine. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1996. p. 27-32.

    Bell LM. Fever. In: Burg FD, Ingelfinger JR, Wald ER, Polin RA, editors. Current pediatric therapy. 15th ed. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company; 1996. p. 695-98.

    1995

    Lavelle J, Bell LM. Sexually transmitted diseases. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Clinical handbook of pediatrics. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1995. p. 616-28.

    Bell LM. Middle respiratory tract infections. In: Jenson HB, Baltimore RS, editors. The practice of pediatric infectious diseases. Norwalk (CT)j: Appleton and Lange; 1995. p. 951-61.

    1993

    Bell LM. Shock. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, editors. Textbook of pediatric emergency medicine. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins; 1993. p. 44-54.  

    1992

    Bell LM. Septic arthritis of the hip. In: May HL, editor. 2nd ed. Emergency medicine. Boston: Little, Brown and Company; 1992. 

    1990

    Bell LM. Pediatric medical intervention procedures for paramedics. In: Lewis JC, Lebisly DM, Davidson SJ, editors. Philadelphia Emergency Medical Services: Medical intervention procedures for paramedics. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Emergency Medical Services Council, The Medical College of Pennsylvania; 1990. Section II, p. P1- P45.

    Bell LM. Infectious diseases of childhood. In: Schwartz MW, editor. Pediatric primary care. 2nd ed. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc.; 1990. p. 470-82. 

    1989

    Bell LM. Rotovirus serotype-specific neutralizing activity in human milk. In: Oski FA, Stockman JA, editors. Year Book of Pediatrics. Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc.; 1989. p. 144-46.

    1987

    Bell LM. Management of the febrile child under two years of age. In: Barkin RM, editor. The emergently ill child. Rockville: Aspen Publishers, Inc.; 1987. p. 24- 31. 

    1978

    Cytocholasins - biomedical and cell biological aspects. In: Tanenbaum SW, editor. Elsevier/North-Holland Biochemical Press; 1978. p. 514.

    Abstracts

    2011

    Shah SS, Dugan MH, Bell LM, Grundmeier RW, Florin TA, Hines EM, et al. Blood cultures in the emergency department evaluation of childhood pneumonia [abstract]. 2011 Pediatric Academic Societies' & Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting; 2011 Apr 30-May 3; Denver, CO.

    Papers

    2012

    Fiks AG, Grundmeier RW, Margolis B, Bell LM, Steffes J, Massey J, et al. Comparative effectiveness research using the electronic medical record: an emerging area of investigation in pediatric primary care. J Pediatr. Epub 2012 Feb 23. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22364853. No abstract available.

    Bell LM, Curran JA, Byrne S, Roby H, Suriano K, Jones TW, et al. High incidence of obesity co-morbidities in young children: a cross-sectional study. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Dec;47(12):911-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02102.x. Epub 2011 Sep 9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21902753. Read the abstract

    Barchie MF, Clive KS, Tyler JA, Sutcliffe JB, Kirkpatrick AD, Bell LM, et al. Standardized pretreatment breast MRI — accuracy and influence on mastectomy decisions. Surg Oncol. 2011 Dec;104(7):741-5. doi: 10.1002/jso.21960. Epub 2011 May 25. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21618242. Read the abstract

    2011

    Shah SS, Dugan MH, Bell LM, Grundmeier RW, Florin TA, Hines EM, et al. Blood cultures in the emergency department evaluation of childhood pneumonia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Jun;30(6):475-9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21206393. Read the abstract

    2010

    Zaoutis TE, Prasad PA, Localio AR, Coffin SE, Bell LM, Walsh TJ, et al. Risk factors and predictors for candidemia in pediatric intensive care unit patients: implications for prevention. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Sep 1;51(5):e38-45. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20636126. Read the article

    Zaoutis TE, Prasad PA, Localio AR, Coffin SE, Bell LM, Walsh TJ, et al. Risk factors and predictors for candidemia in pediatric intensive care unit patients: implications for prevention. n Infect Dis. 2010 Sep 1;51(5):e38-45. n Infect Dis. 2010 Sep 1;51(5):e38-45. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20636126. Read the article

    Posters and Presentations

    2012

    Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Localio AR, Fiks AG, Grundmeier RW, Bell LM, et al. Racial disparities in antibiotic prescribing by primary care pediatricians [presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2012 Annual Meeting; 2012 Apr 28-May 1; Boston, MA.

    Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Localio AR, Fiks AG, Grundmeier RW, Bell LM, et al. Variability in antibiotic use across pediatric primary care practices [presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2012 Annual Meeting; 2012 Apr 28-May 1; Boston, MA.

    Fiks A, Grundmeier R, Feemster K, Karavite D, Mayne S, Song L, et al. Comparing the effectiveness of automated clinical decision support for families, clinicians, or both on human papillomavirus vaccination rates for girls [presidential plenary platform presentation]. Pediatric Academic Societies 2012 Annual Meeting; 2012 Apr 28-May 1; Boston, MA.

    2010

    Grundmeier RW, Localio AR, Song L, Ramos M, Massey JJ, Bell L, et al. Pediatric asthma hospitalizations: a reflection of the quality of ambulatory care? [platform presentation E-PAS2010:2720.5]. PAS Ambulatory Pediatric Association 2010 Annual Meeting; 2010 May 1-4; Vancouver, BC.

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    2009 – present, Associate Editor, Current Problems in Pediatric & Adolescent Health Care
    2011, Editorial Board, Journal Watch, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 
    1986 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care
    1991 - present, Reviewer, Pediatrics
    1996 - present, Reviewer, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
    1997 - present, Reviewer, Archives of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
    2011 - present, Reviewer, The Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society 

    Academic and institutional committees

    2011-2012, Compensation Review Committee, Department of Pediatrics
    2011-2012, Research Mentorship Committee, Department of Pediatrics
    2011 Chair, Rehabilitation Division Chief Search Committee, Department of Pediatrics
    2011, Review Committee, 2012 Foerderer Awards
    2009-present, Executive Committee, Department of Pediatrics
    2009-present, Teaching Award Nominating Committee, Department of Pediatrics
    2003-present, Director, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatrics Research Consortium
    1998-present, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Practice Association Claims Committee