Robert R. Bell, M.D.

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Dr. Robert Bell is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the hand and upper extremity. He underwent fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery and sports medicine from the University of Virginia and the American Sports Medicine Institute with Dr. F. C. McCue, III, and Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Bell specializes in treating orthopedic problems from the shoulder to the hand in adults. He offers the latest, evidence-based treatments, including small joint replacement for the elbow, wrist, and finger joints. He also treats a wide array of work-related injuries of the hand, wrist, and elbow during his twenty-plus years in practice and enjoys a good working relationship with the case managers involved in those patients' care. Dr. Bell has also served as team physician for universities in Texas, Virginia, and Alabama, dealing with upper extremity injuries and conditions.

Dr. Bell graduated from medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1989. He completed his surgical internship at the Medical College of Virginia and residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Bell had a successful hand surgery practice with a large orthopedic group in Texas from 1995 to 2015 before returning home to Missouri.

Dr. Bell has lectured at universities across the United States and around the world, including Austria and South Africa, and has been published in journal and book form, including chapters concerning sports-related injuries of the wrist and hand. He is on staff at Des Peres Square Surgery Center, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, SSM St. Clare Surgical Center, St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Additionally, Dr. Bell is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is also a member of the American Association of Hand Surgeons and has received recognition from several medical bodies in the United States.

Dr. Bell sees patients at our main Orthopedic Associates location in St. Louis and our satellite locations in Troy, Missouri, and at the Eleven South Professional Building in Columbia, Illinois.

To learn more about Dr. Bell, visit his website.

Education & Training

  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
  • General Surgery Internship: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
  • Hand Surgery Fellowship: University of Virginia/ASMI Combined, Charlottesville, VA
  • Hand Surgery/Upper Extremity Sports Medicine Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute – University of Virginia, Birmingham, AL


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • Missouri Shoulder & Elbow Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • Des Peres Square Surgery Center
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital