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.


2017 RE Bell Memorial Lecture


Dr. Mark A Cervinski, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director of Clinical Chemistry
Director of Point-Of-Care Testing
Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Mark Cervinski Ph.D DABCC, originally from Bonnyville, Alberta Canada received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2006. Following his Ph.D. training Dr. Cervinski shifted his focus from the basic sciences to clinical chemistry and completed a Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in the summer of 2009. Mark joined the Department of Pathology as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and as the Director of Clinical Chemistry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in August of 2009. Among diverse interests in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine Dr. Cervinski is currently focused on using patient data as a supplementary quality control strategy, as well as test utilization/optimization and finding efficiencies in delivering laboratory results.