WH native named president of Meharry Medical College National Alumni Association


Dr. Kimbra A. Bell, a native of White Hall, was recently installed as the president of the Meharry Medical College National Alumni Association at Nashville, Tenn.

Meharry Medical College was established in 1876 and is the largest historically predominately black institution in the country, dedicated to health-care professions and the sciences. It has a medical school, dental school, graduate school and an allied health school. The institution educates approximately half of all African American physicians and dentists in the United States.

Bell is a board certified internist and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital at Chicago. She has been on staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and on faculty at the Northwestern University Medical School since 2000.

She has also been involved in work in the greater Chicago area. She is an ambassador with the American Cancer Society and has spoken at various engagements throughout the area. She was appointed to the Illinois Diabetes Commission in 2008 and has served on the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School Board of Directors since 2011. In addition, she was recently named by the Chicago Defender as one of Chicago’s “Women of Excellence at its seventh annual High Tea Reception and Awards program. She has also served as the president of the state society of the National Medical Association from 2004-2012 and currently serves as a delegate to the National Convention annually.

Bell is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., as well as the Chicago Illinois Chapter of The Links Inc.

She graduated valedictorian of her class from White Hall High School. She is the daughter of James and Josephine Bell of White Hall.