Karen L. Bell, MD

Expertise in: 
Neurology
Board Certifications: 
Internal Medicine
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Overview

Karen Bell is a Professor of Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain and the GH Sergievsky Center. A Bronx native who graduated from New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, she completed internship in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital Center and neurology residency at The Neurological Institute at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. After completing a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology, she focused her clinical and research efforts to specialize on the evaluation and treatment of neurodegenerative cognitive disorders at the Taub Institute.

As the Director of the Education Core of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Columbia University, she has developed physician and community education programs. She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the National Medical Association, serving on various subcommittees. She is an external advisor to National Medical Association's Project I.M.P.A.C.T. initiative. She also serves on multiple NINDS Data Safety Monitoring Boards and has been a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Institutional Review Board since 2003. She was appointed to the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education (NYSCOGME) by Governor Paterson in 2009 and chairs the NYS COGME Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Workgroup. She has participated as a mentor in the Harlem Children Society science program for many years.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Dementia
  • Memory Disorder
  • Memory Impairment

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Neurology (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain) at the Columbia University Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Female

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Location(s)

710 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Primary
155 White Plains Road
Suite W100
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health First

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Health Plus - Amerigroup

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Select Health
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Internship: Harlem Hospital Center
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Research

As the Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials Group at Columbia University Medical Center, she has led the clinical trials group at the Taub Institute to become a leading center in Phase II and III trials with potential disease modifying agents. She was the Director of the Minority Recruitment Core for NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), and is interested in achieving ethnic diversity in enrollment in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials on a national level. As such she has been spearheading the ADCS recruitment efforts to increase diversity in clinical trials since 2002.