Phillip Darwin Bell, PhD, is an Endowed Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also affiliated with the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Charleston, SC. His graduate work as well as postdoctoral training were at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (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).
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).