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Dr. Martin L. Bell

M.D., J.D.

Hospital Staff Appointments:

  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Medical Center of Baton Rouge and Earl K. Long Charity Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1975 to 1997
  • Charity Hospital of New Orleans and Tulane University Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975 to 1997
  • Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1997 to date
  • Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, 2001 to date

Academic Appointments:

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic), Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, Current


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society, 1966
  • American College of Surgeons, 1977
  • American Bar Association – Health Care Law Section 1991
  • Arizona State Bar Association, 1998
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, 1999
  • National Health Lawyers Association, 1992
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, 2006

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Surgery, 1974
  • American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1976
  • American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, 1986

Medical Licensure:

  • Certificate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, July, 1968
  • Louisiana, December, 1973
  • California, October, 1971
  • Arizona, March, 1996

Law Licensure:

  • Admitted to Louisiana State Bar, 1991
  • Admitted to Arizona State Bar, 1998

Medical Experience:

  • 30 years private practice of all aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Director of Plastic Surgery Division of Handicapped Children’s Service for the State of Louisiana, 1975 to 1997
  • Director, Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge, 1985 to 1997
  • Two missions to El Salvador for Plastic Surgery on behalf of Partners of the Americas, 1976, 1977
  • Director, American International Plastic Surgery Clinic, Curacao, Netherlands, Antilles, 1980-84
  • Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery, Surgical Hair Restoration. Baylor University College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1986
  • Louisiana Health Advisory Services PSRO board member 1979-1983
  • Chief of Plastic Surgery, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 1978-79, 1983-84; Baton Route General Medical Center 1976-77, 1986-87
  • Graduate training in Hyperbaric Medicine, Nix Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, March, 2001p
  • Currently practicing in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, February 1997 – date
  • Health Services Advisory Group Case Review, 1998 to date
  • Credentials Committee, Scottsdale Phoenix Healthcare Osborn, 2001-2003
  • Credentials Committee, Paradise Valley Hospital, 2004 to date
  • Chairman, ByLaws Committee, Paradise Valley Hospital, 2005 to date

Legal Experience:

  • Arizona Bar Association: Sworn in October 16, 1998 – Bar Roll Number 018990
  • Louisiana Bar Association: Sworn in October 11, 1991 – Bar Roll Number 20693
  • 18 years’ experience in medical-legal record review and analysis and as expert witness
  • Qualified as expert witness in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Hair Restoration Surgery, Burns; Louisiana, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Colorado, Kentucky, and California
  • Consultant to the Law Firm of Hunter and Boland, focusing on personal injury, medical malpractice defense, health care law, 1986 – 1991; Of Counsel 1991 to 1997
  • Served on 15 medical malpractice review panels
  • Chairman “Law School For Doctors” Medical/Legal Seminars
  • Corporate Counsel, Louisiana State Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1992 to 1997
  • Member of American College of Legal Medicine Task Force on Managed Care Contracting; In-House Counsel and Director, Analytical Nursing Management Corporation, a public company with annual revenues of $12.5 million and 15 offices in 7 states, 1991 to 1996
  • Speaker on medico-legal aspects of Breast Implant Surgery, Louisiana State Society of Plastic Surgery annual meeting, March 1993; and Southern Medical Association Annual meeting, October 1993
  • Arbitrator, Louisiana State Bar Association and National Health Lawyers Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Panels
  • Consultant, Health Services Advisory Group PRO, Phoenix
  • Consultant PRO Healthcare, Houston
  • Of Counsel, Streich Lang, Phoenix, Arizona, 1999-2000
  • Private Practice of Law, 2001 to date

Military Service:

  • United States Army Reserve, 1975-1979, Honorable Discharge

Areas He Handles

Boston University

  • Bachelor Medical Sciences (Cum Laude)
  • May 1967

Boston University School of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine (Cum Laude)
  • May 1967

Loyola University Law School

  • Juris Doctor
  • December 1990

Post-Graduate Training:

  • Intern in Surgery, Boston University Hospital, 1967-68
  • Completed residency in General Surgery, Boston University Hospital, 1973
  • N.I.H. Trainee in Academic Surgery, 1968-73, including two years of full-time research
  • Completed residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1975
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society, 1966
  • Alumni Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement, Boston University School of Medicine, 1966
  • Mosby Scholarship Book Award for Scholastic Excellence, Boston University School of Medicine, 1976
  • B.A. and M.D. cum laude, Boston University, 1967

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