Associate Professor David Bell is currently senior medical oncologist at the Northern Cancer Institute, Sydney with responsibility for the medical oncology unit. He is also clinical senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Sydney and has conducted both clinical and laboratory research work, which has been widely published. He is also associate professor in rural medicine at the University of New England and has established several rural oncology clinics in Australia. He spent three years in Canada studying the phenomenon of drug resistance and was the first recipient of the prestigious Terry Fox Clinical Fellowship. He is principal researcher in numerous studies covering aspects of lung, breast, ovarian, soft tissue, skin and rectal cancer as well as investigations into multidrug resistance and drugs of potential patient benefit.
He was responsible for the incorporation of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, which is the peak body representing medical oncologists in Australia, and coordinates training of future medical oncologists in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was treasurer of MOGA for 10 years.
Dr Bell has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international forums including to USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, France and Germany. He has led two successful study tours to China in 2015 and 2016.