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Spokesperson Portfolio - Michael Bell, MD

Director of Laboratory Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An expert in drug-resistant pathogens and hospital-acquired infections, Dr. Michael Bell’s career has focused on investigating and preventing transmission of healthcare-associated illnesses for hospital patients and staff alike. He has been instrumental in advancing programs evidence-based for prevention of antimicrobial resistance and improvements in safe medical practices. Dr. Bell was appointed to the newly created position of director of laboratory safety for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 15, 2014.

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Information

Contact
CDC Public Affairs
404.639.3286
media@cdc.gov

Biography
Michael Bell, MD [1.07 MB]

Expertise

  • Laboratory safety
  • Drug resistant pathogens
  • Healthcare-associated infections

Current Position

  • Director of Laboratory Safety, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Past Positions

  • Deputy Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
  • Associate Director for Infection Control, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
  • Chief, Epidemiology Unit, Viral Special Pathogens Branch, National Center for Infectious Disease

Education

  • University of Washington (MD)
  • Scheftel, J. M., Elchos, B. L., Cherry, B., DeBess, E. E., Hopkins, S. G., Levine, J. F., ... & Silvia, C. A. (2010). Compendium of veterinary standard precautions for zoonotic disease prevention in veterinary personnel: national association of state public health veterinarians veterinary infection control committee 2010. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 237(12), 1403-1422.
  • Toscano, C. M., Bell, M., Zukerman, C., Shelton, W., Novicki, T. J., Nichols, W. G., ... & Jarvis, W. R. (2009). Gram-negative bloodstream infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients: the roles of needleless device use, bathing practices, and catheter care. American journal of infection control, 37(4), 327-334.
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