Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Dr RE Bell Memorial Lecture


Dr. R. Edward Bell
Department of Clinical Pathology

1949 - 1973


The Dr. R.E. Bell Memorial Lecture is a tribute to Dr. Bell who founded Alberta's first Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Alberta Hospital and established academic training programs in laboratory medicine and medical technology.

Dr. Bell was born in Edmonton in 1918.  He graduated from Medical School at the University of Alberta in 1942 and promptly joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of Captain.  After the war, he did a year of postgraduate medical training in England, a residency in pathology at the University Hospital in Edmonton, and a fellowship in pathology at the University of Minnesota.  In 1949 he returned to the University Hospital as Director of Clinical Laboratory Services.  He became Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine in 1970. 

Dr. Bell's father was a physician, and Dr. & Mrs. Bell have three sons, all of whom are practicing medicine.  Two grandchildren are carrying on the tradition and becoming fourth generation health care providers; one is practicing Family Medicine in St. Albert and another is completing a Post Doctoral in Neurosciences in Montreal.


2018 RE Bell Memorial Lecture


Dr. Verna Yiu
President & CEO, Alberta Health Services
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology

Title: What's Next for Alberta's Laboratories in
the Era of Precision Health