Michelle W. Bell, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology at CUMC
  • Associate Program Director, Adult Neurology Residency Program
Michelle W. Bell, MD

Michelle Bell MD is an assistant professor of clinical neurology at CUIMC, in the Division of Epilepsy. Dr. Bell obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University followed by a medical doctorate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During medical school, she was valedictorian of her graduating class and was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Bell then pursued her medicine internship and neurology residency at Columbia University. During residency, she was awarded the Daniel Sciarra Award for her commitment to patient care and humanism as well as the Department of Medicine House Office Award for her dedication to the Internal Medicine residents and their patients.

After residency, Dr. Bell served for one year as chief resident, then completed a two-year fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology/Epilepsy. Dr. Bell was the recipient of the Lewis P. Rowland Resident Teaching Award in 2017. She is currently the associate program director for the adult neurology residency program.

Dr. Bell sees patients at the Neurological Institute, Columbia Doctors midtown office and in the AIM (Associates in Internal Medicine) clinic. She is also a member of the neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring team. 

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Epilepsy and Sleep

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurophysiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Seizures
  • Epilepsy

Education & Training

  • MD, 2009 Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center


  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    Floor: 7
    New York, NY 10032
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-1742
  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-1742


  • Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (Adult and Pediatric)

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, NYP Employee Plan, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Access (Exchange), EPO, Gatekeeper (Exchange), HMO, Medicare Managed Care, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Leaf (Exchange), Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • MVP Health Care [MVP Health Care-Hudson Health Plan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-1742

Honors & Awards

  • Lewis P. Rowland Resident Teaching Award, 2017
  • Daniel Sciarra Award for exemplifying the highest standards of patient care and humanism, 2013
  • Department of Medicine House Officer Award for service and dedication to the Internal medicine residents and their patients,  2013
  • Harold Elster Memorial Prize for highest academic standing in graduating medical school class,  2009
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, May 2009
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, October 2008