Dr. Joseph T. Bell founded Pembroke Pediatrics in 1998. Now his practice has a staff of over 25 and offers childhood obesity prevention. He is a general pediatrician at Children’s Health Pembroke and Managing Partner of Children’s Health of Carolina. Dr. Bell is the first Lumbee pediatrician and first Native American pediatrician in North Carolina.

In addition to working as a general pediatrician in Pembroke, he worked in Indian Health Service in Oklahoma for five years and worked on the Catawba Reservation in Rock Hill, SC as a pediatrician for 24 years.

Currently, he serves on the North Carolina American Indian Health Board and the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health and is a member of AAIP Association of American Indian Physicians.

He was nominated by Dr. Katie Lowry who says “he has been a mentor to many Native and non-Native students, be it to pursue medicine as PA/or Physician or navigating the ins and outs of advising for pre-med., or other science-based careers. His practice hosts students from multiple PA programs across the state as well as medical school pediatric rotations, winning many teaching awards throughout his career. He recruited the first, second and third Lumbee female pediatricians, as we all worked with him during our first years out of pediatric residency. It is an honor and privilege to call him a colleague and friend.”

Golden Stethoscope Award Winner Joseph T. Bell, MD