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John L. Bell, MD

Surgical Oncology


Academic Appointment:


Job Title

Director, Cancer Institute



Contact Info

Primary Location

University Surgical Oncology
1926 Alcoa Highway, Suite F-330
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 305-9218
Fax: (865) 305-8262

Secondary Location

UT Medical Center Cancer Institute
1926 Alcoa Highway, Medical Building F
Knoxville, TN 37920

Honors, Societies & Professional Organizations

  • 1987 American Cancer Society Fellow
  • 1991 & 2003 Faculty Teaching Award, The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Department – Surgery
  • 2005 Spirit of the Graduate School of Medicine Award (Outstanding leadership and innovation that embodies the true spirit of the Graduate School of Medicine), The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville
  • 2008 Community Advocate Award, Knoxville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • UT Medical Center Guardian Angel Program Awards: 9
  • Healthcare Hero Award - 2014
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Society of Breast Disease
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American College of Surgeons - Fellow
  • American Medical Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Association of Cancer Executives
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine
  • Medical Association of the State of Alabama
  • 2010 Vice Chair, 2010 18th Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference
  • 2011 Chair, 2011 19th Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference
  • 011-2013 President, National Consortium of Breast Centers

Get To Know Me


Research Interests:

02/2009 – current: A Prospective Phase III Study of the Use of Partial Breast Irradiation (PBI) With the Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI™) Breast Brachytherapy Device After Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Breast For Women With Unifocal Stage 0, 1 and Node-negative Stage 2 Breast Carcinoma After Partial Mastectomy, and, in Patients With Invasive Carcinoma, Axillary Sentinel Lymph Node Sampling Role: co- Principal Investigator

02/2009 – current: NSABP B-43 A Phase III Clinical Trial Comparing Trastuzumab Given Concurrently with Radiation Therapy and Radiation Therapy. Role: Co-investigator

06/2010 – current: Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trial II (MSLT-II): A Phase III Multicenter Randomized Trial of Sentinel Lymphadenectomy and Complete Lymph Node Dissection vs. Sentinel Lymphadenectomy Alone in Cutaneous Melanoma Patients with Molecular or Histopathological Evidence of Metastases in the Sentinel Node. Role : Co-investigator

01/2012 – current: BATD: Behavior Activation for Depressed Breast Cancer Patients: Randomized Controlled Trial. Role: Co-investigator

Education & Training

  • The University of Alabama Birmingham
  • The University of Alabama Birmingham
  • The University of Alabama Birmingham
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute
  • American Board of Surgery

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