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Most well run MD office ever experienced
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Dr. Bell is thorough and friendlyHe explains everything well.
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Very thorough with Q and As about surgery
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Staff nice and genuine
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Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the... More
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Dr. Bell has over ten years of orthopaedic experience in the Bay Area. His reputation for outstanding results and specialized care draws patients from all over Northern California. He is the founding Medical Director of The Sports Medicine Center, a sports medicine program at the Washington Hospital Healthcare system, ranked among the top ten percent in the nation for orthopaedic surgery by Healthgrades.com.
He has served as the team physician for the San Jose Stealth Professional Lacrosse Team, Cal-State East Bay Pioneers, Ohlone College Renegades, and Valley Christian High School Vikings football team. Dr. Bell is affiliated with Velocity Sports Performance, and was the Velocity- Dublin Adult Fit Athlete of the Month in January 2009.
Dr. Bell's interests include running and cycling, coaching youth sports, playing bass guitar in local rock band Batch-22, and hanging out with his wife and four kids.
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Specialist
High Quality Orthopaedic Care
Dr. David Bell, MD, Sports–trained orthopaedic surgeon, leads the Bell Sports Medicine Institute. He is committed to getting patients healthy, healed and fit, and to bring innovation to the highest quality orthopaedic care.
Specializing in Sports Medicine
He is in the first group of orthopaedic surgeons to receive a specialty certificate in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Bell trained at Stanford University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of California at Irvine Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the Fowler-Kennedy Clinic in Ontario, Canada.
No malpractice history found for California.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Graduated in 1991
Completed in 1992
Completed in 1996
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Graduated in 1987
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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Even specialists specialize. One orthopedic surgeon might do nothing but hip surgeries, while another does nothing but knees. If you want the best possible care, it’s critical to match your medical need with the doctor who truly specializes in treating it.
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We have designed the Bell Sports Medicine Institute to be focused on you – your plans and goals to be fit, healthy, and perform at your best. Every part of your experience with us is to move you toward healing and keeping active for life.
Orthopaedic surgery is the best field in all of medicine since we have so many safe, effective and innovative ways to get you better. We can use these techniques and expertise to get you healed, healthy and achieving your fullest potential.
Our Focus: Keeping You Active
Our focus at the Bell Sports Medicine Institute is to keep active people active. We take care of a wide range of patients, from professional athletes to weekend warriors, from teens to seniors. We also see patients with injuries in the workplace. We are here to get you back to your pursuit of good health, fitness and athletic achievement.
If your injury is slowing down your exercising, sports, or workday, we have the latest techniques to get you back in your game.
Your experience with us will benefit you and those affected by your injury: including your family, your team, your employer, and those who depend on you and care about you.