Undergraduate Degree

  • Dartmouth College , 2006 , Hanover , NH

Medical School

  • University of California, San Diego , 2010 , San Diego , CA


  • Children's Hospital Oakland , 2011 , Oakland , CA


  • Children's Hospital Oakland , 2013 , Oakland , CA


  • Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program , 2017 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

In the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) our philosophy is to ensure that every patient receives the best care for the best possible outcomes. We consider our “patient” to be the baby and the family; we are constantly striving to serve the needs of both. This requires a team based approach with all members being essential. I am privileged to care for infants and families during what can be one of the most stressful periods of their lives - the birth of a premature or ill infant. I am thrilled to work as part of the amazing team of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, dieticians and other team members in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), to help families navigate this stressful period and to stand by their side as their children make the journey to healthy, thriving infants.


Dr. Katherine Bell obtained her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. She then completed her clinical residency training in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where she also served as Chief Resident. She then continued her training in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship program, where she served as Chief Fellow.Dr. Bell has a particular interest in how the nutrition and growth of premature infants impacts long-term health outcomes. Her current clinical research focuses on neonatal body composition—the relative contributions of fat and lean mass to an infant’s weight—and its role in assessment of nutritional status and prediction of long-term outcomes.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Angelidou A, Bell K, Gupta M, Tropea Leeman K, Hansen A. Implementation of a Guideline to Decrease Use of Acid-Suppressing Medications in the NICU. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec; 140(6). View abstract