John-Erik Bell, MD
I joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at DHMC because of its reputation for patient-centered care with an emphasis on shared decision making and attention to patient-reported outcomes.
I truly believe that DHMC places patient needs above all other priorities and this matches my philosophy of care perfectly. By utilizing proven treatment methods and listening carefully to the individual needs of my patients, my primary goal is to always provide compassionate and comprehensive care. I try to keep patients informed about their options so they can participate in making their own decisions, and to treat every patient as if they are part of my family.
As a specialist in shoulder surgery, I perform a wide range of surgical procedures for the shoulder, ranging from common procedures to very complex reconstructive procedures. My surgical practice features arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, primary and revision shoulder replacement surgery including reverse total shoulder replacement, repair of shoulder instability, reconstruction of shoulders that have had previous surgery, shoulder arthroscopy and treatment of fractures around the shoulder.
I am fortunate to work with an excellent team of providers who also specialize in shoulder care and work with me on a daily basis to provide comprehensive care of all shoulder problems. This includes a dedicated group of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Most of the time, our team can improve pain and dysfunction of the shoulder without surgery, which is always our goal whenever possible. Sometimes, the best treatment to restore function and decrease pain is through surgery.
I practice evidence-based medicine, using the latest research and up-to-date thinking to guide care of my patients. The other side of my professional life is my desire to contribute to our understanding of shoulder conditions through my own research. I spend a great deal of my free time thinking about shoulder problems and coming up with ways that we can improve our knowledge through scientific research. I have published many papers and textbook chapters on a wide range of shoulder conditions, including shoulder replacement, shoulder fractures, rotator cuff repair, labral tears, shoulder instability and the cost-effectiveness of shoulder surgery.
Orthopaedics at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
The Department of Orthopaedics wants to improve your quality of life and get you back to doing the things you enjoy most. Our team includes specialists in every area of orthopaedic medicine including:
- Foot / Ankle Surgery
- Hand / Wrist Surgery
- Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee Arthritis
- Orthopaedic Oncology
- Pediatric Orthopaedics
- Shoulder / Elbow Surgery
- Spine Surgery / Back Pain
- Sports Medicine
- Trauma / Fracture Care
We work with you and your family to determine the best surgical or non-surgical treatment approach for you. Our goal is to provide the best results and help you achieve your goals.
Where to find me
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital10 Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766
John-Erik Bell, MD
- Professor of Orthopaedics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
Areas of focus
- Shoulder arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
- Treatment of simple and complex shoulder instability
- Total shoulder replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement
- Fractures and dislocations of the shoulder
- Sports injuries of the shoulder
- MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2000
- Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 2005
- Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, 2006
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Orthopaedic Sports Medicine