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Dr. Robert Bell Named to National Leadership Role

Date: 09.17.2013
Contact: Jim Gosky Phone: (234) 312-5052

AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 17, 2013 – Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center surgeon Dr. Robert H. Bell was recently named president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons society, which seeks to foster and advance the science and practice of shoulder and elbow care through education and research.

Dr. Bell, who has been a physician since 1979, specializes in shoulder surgery, with an interest in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. He has received numerous honors and teaching appointments throughout his career and belongs to several local, state and national medical associations. He has been published and presented extensively and is a clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Bell completed his orthopaedic residency at Summa Akron City Hospital and Akron Children’s Hospital, after which he undertook a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery with Dr. Richard Hawkins at the University of Western Ontario. Since beginning his practice in 1985, Dr Bell has been a member of the Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center, a partnership with Summa Health System.

Dr. Bell and his wife, Ginger, live in Akron. They have three grown children.

About Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center

Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center (CCOC), a partnership between Summa Health System and Crystal Clinic physicians, is a major orthopaedic specialty hospital located in Northeast Ohio. CCOC serves patients throughout Ohio and contiguous states who are in need of care and treatment of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints, muscles, tendons, skin and related tissues. The board-certified surgeons have decades of experience and perform more than 12,000 orthopaedic procedures each year. The Joint Commission has also awarded CCOC with Disease-Specific Care Certification in total hip, total knee, total shoulder and spinal fusion procedures.  For more information, visit

About Summa Health System

Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit or find us on Facebook at and Twitter at