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.


2024 RE Bell Memorial Lecture 


Dr. David Asch, University of Pennsylvania

Title: Behavioral economics, automation, and emotion in health and health care

David A. Asch, MD, MBA is the Sr Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania and the John Morgan Professor at the Perelman School and the Wharton School. He created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion -- the Department of Veterans Affairs national center to understand and eliminate racial disparities in health and health care.  From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. From 2012 to 2022 he was Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. His research is in the area of behavioral economics and aims to improve how physicians and patients make medical choices.