John L. Bell, MD, FACS, FSSO

Surgical Oncologist, Professor, Director of the Cancer Institute

John Bell

About Me

Gender: Male

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A college football fan, I also enjoy time in the gym, walking, golfing, reading, cooking, and traveling with my wife. In 1988, Dr. Bell was recruited by the Department of Surgery to develop a Division of Surgical Oncology and an oncology program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC). Dr. Bell currently serves as Director of the Cancer Institute at the UTMC, a Professor in the Department of Surgery and a Surgical Oncologist with University Surgical Oncology.

Clinical Focus:
Breast Cancer, Survivorship, breast surgery

Surgical Oncology

Education & Credentials

Medical School

The University of Alabama Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama


University Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama


University Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama


University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute, Houston, Texas

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Organizations & Societies

Fellow American College of Surgeons Fellow Southeastern Surgical Congress American Cancer Society

Clinical Research

01/2016 – Feb 2017: Developing a healthy lifestyle in breast cancer survivors. Role: Co-investigator 01/2002 – 01/2016: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Role: Principal Investigator 08/2007 –04/2015: ODAM as a Novel Biomarker of Human Breast Cancer. Role: Principal Investigator

As a surgical oncologist and Cancer Institute Director, I enjoy helping patients and developing programs that support patient care, education, and research.
— John L. Bell

Where I See Patients

University Surgical Oncology

1926 Alcoa Highway, Bldg F (Cancer Institute)Knoxville, TN 37920

Phone: 865-305-9218

Fax: 865-544-8262

University Surgical Oncology

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