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Spokesperson Portfolio - Michael Bell, MD

Deputy Director of Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, 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.

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Michael Bell, MD [1.05 MB, 1 page, Print Only]


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

Current Position

  • Deputy Director of Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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Past Positions

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


  • 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.