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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Faculty Named in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors Issue

Dr. Marina Catallozzi, assistant professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health and of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S), and Dr. David Bell, associate professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School and of Pediatrics at P&S, were each named a Best Doctor 2017 in New York Magazine. Administered annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., results are based on a peer-review survey of physicians who they consider the best in their field in terms of professional qualifications, reputations, and skills in dealing with patients.

Both Dr. Catallozzi and Dr. Bell are adolescent medicine specialists. Dr. Catallozzi was cited for her work in sexually transmitted diseases, adolescent gynecology and her past work in HIV/AIDS in adolescents. Dr. Bell’s specialties are male health, sexually transmitted infections, safe sex, and teen pregnancy and reproductive health.

Dr. Catallozzi is board certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She is the director of the General Public Health program, the largest accelerated MPH program in the school, and the co-leader of the Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health Certificate at the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Catallozzi also serves as the director of pediatric medical student education, managing this throughout the four-year curriculum. Dr. Catallozzi has extensive expertise in the field of qualitative research, and currently teaches qualitative research methodology in both the Core Curriculum at Mailman and in a course in the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health.  Her current research interests include adolescent and young adult access to confidential and clinical preventive services, adolescent relationship violence, adolescent and parent decision-making in clinical trial participation, and male involvement in adolescent pregnancy prevention.  Dr. Catallozzi has an active adolescent medicine practice in Washington Heights and is dedicated to improving the health of the community. She previously served as the medical director of the Lang Youth Medical Program, a six-year science enrichment and mentoring program for middle and high school students in the medical center’s surrounding community.

[Dr. Marina Catallozzi]

Dr. Bell is the medical director of the Family Planning Program that includes the Young Men’s Clinic, a unique adjunct to New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Family Planning Clinic. In that capacity, he delivers primary care to adolescent and young adults males and is a strong advocate for the right of young men to have access to high quality and respectful services, which includes attention to their sexual and reproductive health. Active locally, nationally, and internationally, Dr. Bell advises and teaches medical students, residents, and public health students, leads workshops nationally on young men’s health issues, and is part of a team from the Department of Pediatrics fostering improved care for adolescents in Uganda. He served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative Advisory Board, and has been a consultant for the Federal Office of Population Affairs and the Pan American Health Organization. Dr. Bell has been featured on MTV, BET, CBS, NPR, and National Geographic Taboo.

[Photo: Dr. David Bell]