By ANNA STEVENS BRIGHT
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also the love of humanity.
– Hippocrates, the father of medicine
Given the global threat of this current pandemic, physicians, among other healthcare professionals, have become more appreciated and recognized on a larger scale than ever. They risk their lives and the lives of their families as they continue to try to save the lives of countless others on a daily basis.
why are they doing it? It is not only because it is their job, but it is also because of their love for humanity. Thank you to our healthcare workers in Colleton County and around the world!
This week I recognize one of the many doctors who are so special to my family and me, Dr. Ramona Gelzer Bell, a cardiologist, who is currently the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida, since 2016. She started working with this hospital in 2010 as an advanced specialist in heart failure. His specialty also concerns general cardiology for adults. From August 2013 to present, she has been a faculty member of the Morsani School of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa as an assistant professor of medicine.
His extensive medical experience also includes other places. From March 2010 to August 2010, she was a cardiologist at the Heart Vascular Center in northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona. She was Director of the Congestive Heart Failure Treatment Program from June 2009 to November 2009 at the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, Silver. Springs, Md. For eight years from June 2001-2009, she was employed with a group of other cardiologists in Baltimore Heart Associates, PA, Randallstown, MD, as an advanced heart failure specialist in adult cardiology , focusing on diagnosis, medical management, congestive heart failure and general cardiology and principal investigator and co-principal in numerous clinical trials, including A-HEFT and OPTIMIZE –CHF.
Dr. Gelzer Bell has written numerous articles, other publications, abstracts and poster presentations, and has conducted several clinical trials. His license to practice and his certifications to the board of directors are as follows: 1996, diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners; 1997, diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine; board certified, cardiovascular disease and licensed in the state of Maryland (active).
She belongs to numerous professional affiliations, memberships and committees and has received several hospital appointments. The American Medical Association (AMA) Physician Recognition Award, an article in the Baltimore edition of AFRO magazine, a feature article in MD News and the Stanley J. Sarnoff Society of Cardiovascular Science Fellow are just a few- one of the countless awards, honors and grants that she has received over the years. His support for ongoing research and clinical trials has been phenomenal.
A graduate of Clara Barton High School for the health professions in Brooklyn, N.Y., she commented on an excursion with that school and decided to become a doctor. In 1988, she received an undergraduate degree with honors in chemistry from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. She received her doctorate in medicine from Bowman Gray Medical School at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1994.
During her medical studies at Wake Forest, she was a Stanley J. Sarnoff Research Fellow at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of California at San Diego from June 1992 to June 1993. Dr. Gelzer Bell completed her internal medicine internship at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in New Haven, Connecticut, from June 1994 to June 1995. From June 1995 to June 1997, she did her residency in internal medicine in these same two Connecticut hospitals . Finally, she obtained a research grant in cardiology, cardiomyopathy and heart transplantation at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 1997 to June 2001.
So what advice would she give to someone studying to become a doctor? “Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed. Always give 101% and don’t sweat the little things. Trust God, ”she said.
Her most difficult situation as a doctor, she said, was to “stay professional even in the face of adversity”.
What does she think should be learned from the fact that the world is going through the coronavirus pandemic? “If we all wash our hands more often, especially before and after eating, we can prevent the spread of most diseases. In addition, we need to spend more time with family together to get to know each other better. ”
Although Dr. Gelzer Bell currently practices medicine in Florida and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, she has roots in Colleton County. She is the daughter of Lillian Warren Gelzer, formerly of Catholic Hill, and her father was the late Booker Gelzer, of Walterboro. Reverend Mack and Lela Daniels Gelzer of Walterboro were his paternal grandparents, and James and Margie Warren of Catholic Hill were his maternal grandparents. Her father and mother were siblings. During the summer months, Dr. Gelzer Bell, her parents and siblings sometimes came to Colleton County to spend time with their families.
His three sisters also have exemplary careers. Roslyn Young is employed in hospitality management, Wanda Gelzer-Milliner is a retired correctional officer, and Dr. Lisa Gelzer is a college instructor, who has had the experience of a lifetime, teaching in Dubai for a year. They are a close knit family and love spending time and traveling together. They also hosted the 2019 Gelzer family reunion in Times Square and Brooklyn last summer. Her two brothers died.
Dr. Gelzer Bell’s husband, Dr. Darin Bell, is a professor of chemistry at St. Leo University. They are parents of three sons. Darin Jr. graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in chemistry. He plans to pursue graduate studies in medicine or medicinal chemistry. Andrew is a rising senior at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in chemistry. He plans to pursue graduate studies in chemical engineering or chemistry. Their youngest son, Avery, is an elder from Steinbrenner High School in Tampa. He plans to enroll at Florida State University in the fall to pursue a major in pre-law. In her spare time, Dr. Gelzer Bell enjoys spending time with family and exercising.
Thank you, Dr. Gelzer Bell, for everything you do for your patients and countless others. “You made your family very proud of you. We will never forget your kindness and generosity when you selflessly collaborated with MUSC doctors when our loved one, the late Thomas Memminger, was a heart patient. Your work has shown that you love not only medicine, but also humanity! Said Anna Bright.