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Ronny Bell

Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S.

Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor and Chair, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

Senior Advisor, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

(919) 962-0080


Ronny Bell, Ph.D., M.S., is chair of the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and the Fred Eshelman Distinguished Professor. His research focuses on health disparities in cancer as well as a concentration in chronic disease disparities with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations. As an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe of eastern North Carolina, and Chair of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, he is particularly interested in factors that contribute to health disparities in American Indian populations.

He also co-leads the Southeastern American Indian Cancer Health Equity Partnership (SAICEP), a partnership between the Community Outreach and Engagement programs at the NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers at UNC, Duke and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, designed to engage North Carolina tribal communities in cancer research, outreach and education.

Dr. Bell is an appointed member of the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control (ACCCC) and co-chairs the NC ACCCC Prevention Subcommittee.  He has previously served a co-Chair of the Healthy North Carolina 2030 Task Force and the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council.  He is also Scientific Co-Editor for the North Carolina Medical Journal.

Dr. Bell has been funded extensively over the years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as non-federal agencies and foundations.



Healthy North Carolina 2030

American Indian Health in North Carolina, North Carolina Medical Journal

Global Responses to Prevent, Manage and Control Cardiovascular Diseases, Preventing Chronic Disease 


Awards and Honors

  • Minority Student Caucus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 50 for 50 designation, 2022
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Nutrition, 2021
  • Diversity Alumni Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
  • Program Honoree, 34th Annual Zollicoffer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2014
  • Community Spirit Award, American Diabetes Association, 2012
  • Professional and Community Service Award, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Division of Public Health Sciences, 2011
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of North Carolina Greensboro, School of Human Environmental Sciences, 2009
  • Wake Forest University Health Sciences New Investigator in Clinical Sciences Award, 2002