Phillip Darwin Bell, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, and a member of the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine Section at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is also affiliated with the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. His graduate work as well as postdoctoral training were at UAB, where he focused on macula densa-tubuloglomerular feedback control of renal hemodynamics. He joined the UAB faculty and rose to the rank of Professor and was honored to be appointed as the first UAB Thomas E. Andreoli, MD, Professor of Medicine. Dr. Andreoli served as the UAB Division Director of Nephrology (1970 to 1979) and was the first Editor of AJP – Renal Physiology (1976-1983). In 2006, Dr. Bell left UAB for the Medical University of South Carolina, where he held an Endowed Chair and was Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine. He returned to UAB in 2015.
Dr. Bell has served as an Associate Editor for AJP – Renal Physiology since 2007 and assumed Editor-in-Chief duties in July 2013. Previously, he was a member of the Editorial Board of AJP – Renal Physiology and Kidney International. Besides the American Physiological Society, he is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American and International Societies of Nephrology. He has served on a number of national peer review groups, including those for the National Institutes of Health, AHA, and VA. Within the APS, he was secretary of the Renal Section, a member of the Joint Programming Committee, and served as Chair of the APS Conference Committee. Dr. Bell is a recent recipient of the Carl Gottschalk Award given by the Renal Section for outstanding research accomplishments.
Recent work in Dr. Bell's laboratory has focused on understanding the mechanisms of cystogenesis in polycystic kidney disease (PKD).