Dr. Louis Bell, MD


Gastroenterology | Male

Coastal Gastroenterology 29 Plantation Park Dr Ste 203 Bluffton, SC 29910 Get Directions
Dr. Louis Bell, MD
Dr. Louis Bell, MD is a gastroenterology doctor who practices in Bluffton, SC. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 39 years. Dr. Bell is affiliated with Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital and Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

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Louis Bell, MD believes that every patient should always be embraced with personal kindness, respect, attention and understanding. Dr. Louis Bell strives to provide care in a timely fashion, from first contact through follow-up. By listening to your needs and concerns, Dr. Louis Bell communicates in an understandable manner to determine the need for treatment and treatment progress.

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Coastal Gastroenterology29 Plantation Park Dr Ste 203
Bluffton, SC 29910
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Patient Comments (14)
Charlotte, NC |
I had a colonoscopy with Dr Bell. He had a regime that allowed you to use over the counter products vs prescription meds...a HUGE savings. He talked to me before the procedure. I wasn't awake yet when he stopped to see me after the procedure. He called me to personally followup and let me know the test results. He had already spoken to my husband but wanted to talk directly. I appreciated his followup. I rate my experience high. He was caring, available and look at ways to reduce cost of care
Beaufort, SC |
Dr Bell's "Care Philosophy" is a JOKE! No compassion or kindness. Rude, arrogant and definately thinks he is right up there with God. Took copies of my Upuper GI and endoscopy report and a DVD of the Upper GI. After I was in his office, his nurse came in with those telling him, "I forgot to give you these." He handed me the DVD saying, "I don't want this, I can't make heads nor tails of those. I'm not a radiologist." Maybe not, but a good GI would be able to. Referred me to MUSC Esophogus Lab.
in Easley, SC |
Dr. Bell is a refreshing throwback to how I remembermy doctors growing up. Accessible, compassionate, respectful and pro active. I dont know who questioned his mannerisms, but I could care less about that and more about his knowledge and capabilities. I have not seen him in 5 years but needed a GI physician while on vacation. He answered his personal phone and took care of me in a matter of minutes. Young doctors if any specialty would do well to shadow him. Thank you Dr. Bell.
in Bluffton, SC |
Scheduled a routine colonoscopy with Dr. Bell's practice. The scheduling process and office efficiency was exceptionally smooth. Check-in and the patient care at Bluffton-Okatie Surgery Center was outstanding. Dr. Bell was clear and straightforward during his procedure out brief. I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Bell and his practice for a professional care experience.
in Schererville, IN |
I was 900 miles from home and had some gastro problems. Dr. Bell not only fit me in his busy schedule.....he ordered a colonoscopy and got me well enough to go back home. He's the man....I just wish he would move his practice to my area! Love this Doctor.....(Thanks Dr. Bell)
Bluffton, SC |
He's straight forward, seemed friendly, casual, interested. Unfortunately, he lost me when his commentary went from friendly & knowledgeable, to a poor attempt at being funny regarding the process of a colonoscopy. Humiliating commentary didn't help the with fear.
in Hilton Head Island, SC |
Very professional. I would highly recommend.
in Hilton Head Island, SC |
After suffering with lymphocytic colitis for 5 months (diagnosed by a different doctor) I was referred to Dr. Bell by my primary care physician. Following a review of my symptoms, diagnostic records and general health Dr. Bell quickly identified a prescription treatment which immediately relieved my symptoms. His explanations and instructions were clear and his follow-up notes thorough. His office operates efficiently and so far my appointments have occurred on time.
in hilton head island, sc |
Dr. Bell, is a hard working doctor, who really takes care of his patients. Recommend highly!!
in Hilton Head, SC |
Dr. Bell reacted immediately to high liver enzymes and symptoms with an appointment, a scan the next day and endoscopy the third day. He inserted a stent relieving a blocked bile duct and did a biopsy on abnormal cells. He called on the weekend to check up. Dr. Bell made a referral to a specialist at MUSC for endoscopy with ultrasound and was correct, a hidden tumor was removed with the specialized equipment. He was concerned, efficient, compassionate and correct in his diagnosis and resolution.
Bluffton, SC |
i went to see dr bell for what i thought was a gastro problem. he told me that i probably had ovarian cancer and got me in to see a gyn oncologist the following monday! i had surgery the following week. he called me when i was in the hospital to see how i was doing. i've also seen him since them for other gi issues and he is always thorough and spends time listening. he is very direct and doesnt sugar coat anything. i'm so thankful to be a patient of his.
He was horrible! Told me I was too healthy, too in shape and too hot to be sick. Dismissed me by saying he had to go talk with people that really are sick and have disease. I have 30+ yrs of documentation to back up my digestive issues. He didn't want to hear about my past and didn't do any testing or anything. Spoke in his actual office and quickly listened to my stomach. Told him it hurt when he pressed and he didn't even address that. I am beyond disgusted and would never go back!
in Bluffton, SC |
Dr, Bell is very knowledgeable and personable. I really like this Doctor.
He has a horrible bedside manner and didn't seem to give one ounce of concern towards my illness or well being. When he couldn't figure out a diagnosis he claimed my illness was in my head when I had obvious symptoms.
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Dr. Bell's Care Philosophy

Louis Bell, MD believes that every patient should always be embraced with personal kindness, respect, attention and understanding. Dr. Louis Bell strives to provide care in a timely fashion, from first contact through follow-up. By listening to your needs and concerns, Dr. Louis Bell communicates in an understandable manner to determine the need for treatment and treatment progress.

Dr. Bell says...

I have been doing endoscopic proceedures since 1981 and perform over 1500 proceedures per year. Upper Endoscopy, Colonoscopy and ERCP. I also have extensive experience in Hemorrhoid Therapy including Banding treatment. Success rates far exceed the standards and complication rates approach zero.

Dr. Bell's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Gastroenterology
  •  Board certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine
  •  Malpractice claims in South Carolina not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • community service award healthcare, 2005
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Board Certifications

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal Abscess
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anemia
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Anorectal Abscess and Fistula
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bile Duct Disorders
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Treatment Complications
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Chronic Anemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Clotting and Bleeding Disorders
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Disorders
  • Colon Polyp
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Diarrhea
  • Distal Colorectal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Duodenitis
  • Dysentery
  • Dysphagia
  • Enteritis
  • Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Functional Dyspepsia
  • Gallbladder Diseases
  • Gallstones
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Malabsorption
  • Gastrojejunal Ulcer
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B - Immune Response
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Ileus
  • Impacted Shoulders
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Diseases
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Damage from Alcohol
  • Liver Diseases and Disorders
  • Malnutrition
  • Nausea
  • Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Non-Neonatal Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Pruritus Ani
  • Pyloric Stenosis
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Reflux Esophagitis
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Substance Abuse
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Vomiting Disorders
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome


  • Medical School
    Temple University

    Graduated in 1978

  • Internship Hospital
    Mercy Hospital

    Completed in 1979

  • Residency Hospital
    Albert Einstein Medical Center

    Completed in 1981

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Lankenau Medical Center

    Completed in 1983

  • Undergraduate School
    Temple University

    Graduated in 1974

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Gastroenterology
  • Liver Disorders

Procedures Performed

  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
  • Endoscopic Common Bile Duct Stone Removal
  • Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
  • Esophageal Dilatation
  • Esophageal Stenting
  • Esophagogastroscopy
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoid Banding
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Intraoral Camera
  • Manometry
  • Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
  • Screening Colonoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Therapeutic Colonoscopy