Dr. Desmond Bell is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through education, evidence-based methodology and community outreach. His private practice in Jacksonville, FL, specializes in wound management and is dedicated to lower-extremity preservation. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Omeza, an evidence-based medical technology company and consumer healthcare products company initially focused on healing chronic wounds and preventing their recurrence.
Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tulane University and started his health care journey in the unlikely world of DME sales. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University. He is a Board Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) having served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Wound Management for 6 years and presently serving on the Board of the American Board of Wound Management Foundation.
Dr. Bell was awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award by Specialty Hospital Jacksonville for 2009 and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville in 2018. He has also been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and is a member of the CLI Global Society.
Dr. Bell’s Prescription for Success:
Number 1: Always believe in yourself. Don’t worry about what other other people think or what they’re doing. As long as you are following your heart and using your skill set, you’ll be fine
Number 2: Figuring out your purposes is always the challenge, but once you get there, then don’t look back. Don’t worry about what happened yesterday, you can’t control it, and you can’t control the future either. There are no failures. So just be in the moment
Number 3: Remember, the friends you make along the way are the greatest gift
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Notable quotes from Dr. Bell’s interview:
I didn’t even know what a podiatrist was when I was in undergrad, I really had no idea that the profession had so many aspects until probably five or six years after I graduated college.
And believe it or not, there was something that I learned in my first week of sales training that I still carry with me in my medical career. And that really comes down to how to interview your patients and how to talk to them and especially And sort of how to control the dialogue and get the important information when you are conducting an interview.
Never ask somebody how they’re doing. Because you may get a short answer, or you may get a dissertation that never ends and you can’t pull yourself out of it. So you’ve got to construct your line of questioning when you’re dealing with patients to be right to the point.
Ironically, the day that my boss was calling me into his office to tell me that he was giving me a raise. I told him, please don’t tell me what you’re going to give me because I have to tell you, I decided I’m going to go back to school.
And I got a great education from some really dedicated mentors. It was those people who encouraged me to continue what I was doing made all the difference for me.
You just never know what life is gonna throw at you and just keep making the most as things are unfolding.