John Bell, MD, FHM, FACP

HS Associate Clinical Professor, Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Operations (Hillcrest), Information Services Medical Director

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Academic Profile                                                                                  

Dr.John Bell received his MD and MPH degrees and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. He served as a faculty member in the academic Hospital Medicine program at the University of Virginia prior to joining the Division of Hospital Medicine at UC San Diego in 2012.

As a hospitalist, Dr. Bell has an interest in understanding how the health system works and using that knowledge to improve the system through quality improvement and educational initiatives. He was the site principal investigator of a multi-institution study on decreasing resident progress note bloat utilizing an evidence-based template.  He has been a leader on quality improvement initiatives at UCSD on standardizing care for alcohol withdrawal and reducing CAUTIs through decreased urinary catheter usage. Both projects utilized the development of new order sets that provided embedded clinical decision support. He received further training in teaching and quality improvement when he attended the Academic Hospitalist Academy in 2014.  

He is currently the Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Operations (Hillcrest) and in his work on clinical operations for the Division of Hospital Medicine he led the initiatives to instigate cohorting patients on teams, move to an admitter/rounder care model, move to an Epic based handoff tool, and initiate Focused Interdisciplinary Teams-based bedside (FIT) rounds at both UCSD hospitals. He developed a curriculum on proper inpatient documentation and billing and has led multiple educational initiatives around this topic for both other Hospital Medicine Faculty and Internal Medicine Residents. He has also integrated new developments in this area into this curriculum, including advanced care planning, utilizing medical student notes and non-face-to-face encounters. He helps to oversee division finances as a member of the divisions Finance Committee and serves as an active member of UCSD's Patient Safety Committee, contributing to many patient safety initiatives.

As one of the Information Services Medical Directors, he is a key member in joint inpatient governance decisions between UCSD and UCI, he utilizes his clinical and organizational expertise to lead many Epic optimization projects, and he chairs the Medication Alerts Committee which has reduced medication alerts at UCSD and UCI by over 1 million alerts annually.

Representative Publications

Stewart E, Kahn D, Lee E, Simon W, Duncan M, Mosher H, Harris K, Bell J, El-Farra N, Sharpe B. Internal medicine progress note writing attitudes and practices in an electronic health record. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2015; 10:525–529.

Kahn D, Stewart E, Duncan M, Lee E, Simon W, Lee C, Friedman J, Mosher H, Harris K, Bell J, Sharpe B, El-Farra N. A Prescription for Note Bloat: An Effective Progress Note Template. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2018 June; 13(6):378-382.

John Bell and Courtney O'Rourke. Key Clinical Questions: Prophylaxis and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism in Cancer Patients. The Hospitalist 2016 January; 20(1).

Bordin-Wosk T, Ries D, Bell J, Horman S. EMR based sign-out: A tool that improves efficiency and satisfaction.  Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, April 2018. (Poster presentation)

Awards and Honors

Top Reviewer, Journal of Hospital Medicine 2016

Top 10 Article, Journal of Hospital Medicine 2018

Fellow Hospital Medicine