Iris Bell, MD, PhD has been a researcher in areas related to holistic, complementary and alternative medicine for over 30 years. She was chosen as one of the Best Doctors in the Pacific region of the US in 1996 and in the US in 1998.
Currently Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Dr. Bell has served on the faculties at Harvard Medical School, University of California San Francisco, and the University of Arizona. She graduated magna cum laude in biology from Harvard University and then received her PhD in Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences and MD from Stanford University. Her psychiatry internship and residency were at the University of California–San Francisco, and she is Board certified in Psychiatry with Added Qualification in Geriatric Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice conventional medicine in Arizona and California.
She is also nationally certified in biofeedback, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a licensed physician in homeopathy and integrative medicine in Arizona.
Dr. Bell’s award-winning recent book is Getting Whole, Getting Well: Healing Holistically from Chronic Illness. She has published scores of professional papers and book chapters on her clinical research in addition to a monograph on environmental illness. On a lighter note, she wrote the funny, touching, inspirational and award-winning books, Chew on Things – It Helps You Think: Words of Wisdom from a Worried Canine, and The Chew on Things Workbook for Fellow Worriers, to celebrate her beloved soft-coated wheaten terrier Casey’s life and help people with anxiety disorders find ways to cope with humor and a touch of courage.
Her passion is to teach people who find themselves with a chronic illness and are at the start of their own difficult journey home to themselves and to better health — a learning experience for us all. She teaches, writes, and lives in Tucson, Arizona with her dogs Harry and Rocky.