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San Diego General Internist Wins AMA Young Physician Award

Dr. Kristin Bell Recognized with Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) awarded Kristin Bell, M.D., an internist at the San Diego VA Medical Center, with a top award Saturday for her leadership in pain management for veteran patients. The Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine is awarded to a distinguished younger physician for his or her work in medical sciences.

"Dr. Bell is a proven leader in pain management for America's veterans," said AMA President Ron Davis, M.D. "The AMA takes pride in the success of America's younger physicians, and Dr. Bell has set an extraordinary example."

Dr. Bell is a primary care physician who practices seven half-days a week helping veterans manage a variety of medical conditions, many of which involve chronic pain. Her work, including the development of an innovative acupuncture clinic for veterans, has earned her recognition from both patients and colleagues.

In addition, Dr Bell is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. In 2005 she developed and implemented a new behavioral medicine curriculum for third-year UCSD medical students. She is currently the course director and instructor for a communication training seminar and the UCSD site director for a multi-centered educational research project entitled "Paired Observation and Video Editing (POVE) Project."

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