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Dr. Floyd “Tripp” Bell Becomes New Chair of Radiology

Floyd “Tripp” Bell, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and a USC School of Medicine alumnus, will assume the role of chair of radiology on February 1, 2017. With this appointment, Dr. Bell becomes the fourth alumnus of the USC School of Medicine to be appointed as a SOM department chair in the history of the school. As the leader of the department, he will oversee planning components of medical and graduate course curricula, assisting with all radiology-related education.

Dr. Bell’s radiology experience includes a diagnostic radiology residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and a private practice position for a radiology group in Columbia. Since joining the USC School of Medicine faculty in 2012, Dr. Bell has been recognized multiple times for his contributions in medical education, being named as Teacher of the Year by three medical school classes and receiving the O’Neill Barrett Teaching Excellence Award in 2016.

Dr. Bell is replacing Dr. Francis H. Neuffer as chair, who recently announced his intention to step down as chair of the department after 13 successful years in the role. Dr. Neuffer, a University of South Carolina graduate, earned his M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina and joined the School of Medicine faculty as an associate professor of radiology in 2002, becoming chair of the department in 2004. A devoted medical educator, Dr. Neuffer is a two time winner of the String of Pearls Teacher of the Year Award. Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Neuffer is also an inventor, securing a patent for a biopsy needle he developed in 1993.

Under Dr. Neuffer’s leadership, the School of Medicine has expanded imaging experience opportunities for students and enhanced clinical radiology learning opportunities, leading to increased numbers of USC SOM students choosing careers in radiology at a time when the number of students nationally seeking such careers is declining.

Dr. Neuffer says working with young students has been a great energizer for him during his career as a physician. Though he is stepping down as chair, he will stay on as a SOM faculty member and will continue to play an active role in medical student education. Dr. Neuffer says he is pleased that Dr. Bell will take on leadership of Radiology, noting that he is “an outstanding teacher and model for our students.”