DHQP Director

Staff Bio

Michael (Mike) Bell, MD

Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

Michael (Mike) Bell, MD, is the acting director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

Portrait of Mike Bell, MD

Role at CDC

Dr. Bell is the Acting Director of NCEZID's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP).

He has served as deputy director of DHQP since 2010 and was selected as Acting Director of DHQP in 2023.

DHQP promotes the protection of patients and healthcare personnel, and improvements in safety and quality of health care. Examples of activities include producing guidelines for prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAI), programs for combating antimicrobial resistance (AR), and improvements in basic safe medical practices such as safe injections.

Previous experience

Dr. Bell was previously the chief of the Epidemiology Unit at the Viral Special Pathogens Branch, addressing infection control for high-risk pathogens such as Ebola virus.

His first position at CDC was in the Hospital Infections Program (DHQP's previous name), investigating outbreaks of healthcare-associated illness and writing national infection control guidelines.


Dr. Bell received his medical degree from the University of Washington and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado, and in Infectious Diseases at the University of California San Francisco.