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Ronny A Bell

Bell, Ronny A

Department of Epidemiology & Prevention
Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Administrative Contact: Rhonda Blaine
Room Number: 5111
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-716-9736
Email: rbell@wakehealth.edu

B.S. (Public Health Nutrition), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill M.Ed. (Foods, Nutrition, and Food Service Management), University of North Carolina at Greensboro Ph.D. (Foods, Nutrition, and Food Service Management), University of North Carolina at Greensboro M.S. (Epidemiology), Wake Forest University School of Medicine Post-doctoral Fellowship (Gerontology), Wake Forest University School of Medicine American Heart Association Ten-Day Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology 

Dr. Bell is Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, with training in nutrition and epidemiology.

Dr. Bell’s primary interests are chronic disease prevalence and risk factors, with particular emphasis on ethnic minority populations. He is Director of the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health. Dr. Bell served as the Principal Investigator of the HEARTQUEST project, an NHLBI-funded contract serving as one of six vanguard Enhanced Dissemination and Utilization Centers (EDUCs) nationwide. The project targeted African Americans, Native Americans and whites in Robeson and Columbus counties, North Carolina, to address the tremendous cardiovascular disease burden in these communities. Dr. Bell also serves as the Coordinating Center director for the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, a multi-center study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with support from the NIDDK. The SEARCH study is designed to estimate the population prevalence and incidence of diabetes in youth by type, age, gender and ethnicity, and to develop practical approaches to diabetes classification. Dr. Bell received a minority investigator R03 from the NIDDK to estimate the prevalence of self- reported chronic health behaviors and chronic conditions among Lumbee Indians, and received a minority investigator supplement to the Strong Heart Study to examine dietary factors related to diabetes and insulin resistance in the Strong Heart cohort.

Dr. Bell serves as Co-Director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research Program at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He was the recipient of the WFUSM New Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award in 2002.

Dr. Bell is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Indian tribe of eastern North Carolina. Dr. Bell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Natalie, and three children, Stephen, Benjamin, and Jonathan.

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