Faculty Profile

Hershey S. Bell, M.D., M.S. (Medical Education), FAAFP

School of Pharmacy
Teaching Area Pharmacy , Family Medicine
Education University of Toronto
Residency Mount Sinai Hospital/University of Toronto; Duke University
Campus Location


Dr. Hershey Bell is a Professor of Family Medicine and Pharmacy Practice, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Developing Initiatives. Dr. Bell, a native of Toronto, Canada, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1982. He completed family medicine residency education at the University of Toronto and Duke University and achieved board certification in family medicine in Canada and the United States. Following residency, he served a a Duke University National Faculty Development Fellow. In 1992, he earned the distinction of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was awarded the Master of Science in Medical Education degree by LECOM in 2007. In 2009, he was named as one of 12 charter members of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, he was the 2009 recipient of the John and Silvia Ferretti Distinguished Teaching Award at LECOM and the 2010 recipient of the Miller Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Osteopathic Medical Profession. Dr. Bell has held the positions of Family Practice Residency Director at Hunterdon Medical Center in New Jersey, Division Chief and Vice-Chair of Family Medicine at Duke University, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Evaluation at the College of Medicine at LECOM. He practiced "full-service" family medicine for two decades. His contributions to the medical literature include articles on competency-based education, doctor-patient relationship issues and general considerations surrounding medical education. His work on competency-based education and medical education has been internationally recognized and he served as part of the team that developed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Outcome Competencies. He has lectured throughout the United States on topics in medical education for nearly 30 years. Dr. Bell also serves as a Senior Consultant to AAL in Atlanta, Ga., specializing in strategic planning and strategic budgeting. Dr. Bell teaches courses in drug information, research methods and pharmacoepidemiology, and empathy and patient care. He is currently completing work on his first book, tentatively titled, "When Life is on the Line: Facts, Wisdom, and Stories for New and Experienced Health Professions Educators." Dr. Bell lives in Erie with his wife of 31 years. They have three children, ages 26, 23 and 17. He became a proud United States citizen in 2015.