Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - Philadelphia
Associate Professor
Residency Program Director, Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Lauren Noto Bell, DO


Office: 215-871-6425

Dr. Lauren Noto Bell is an associate professor, clinician, and faculty member in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). She is actively involved in the education of osteopathic medical students and residents, and she teaches OMM internationally through the Deutsch-Amerikanische Akademie für Osteopathie (DAAO), to physicians in Europe.

Dr. Noto Bell is the faculty advisor for two osteopathic student organizations on campus, and she is the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (ONMM) residency Program Director at PCOM. Her primary clinical specialty is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Board Certifications

  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
  • Pain Medicine
  • Education

    Post-residency Fellowship: Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

    Residency: Family Medicine, Christiana Care Health System

    Medical School: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Colgate University

  • Courses

    Osteopathic Principles and Practice
    Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment weekly lab didactics

  • Research

    Dr. Noto Bell has published on the comparison of different types of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) on cervical somatic dysfunctions.

    She has manuscripts being prepared for publication:
    -Measuring the principles of palpation using a computer program that identifies and measures shape change
    -The effects of OMT on lateral deviations of the spine, using a computer program that identifies and measures shape change
    -Incorporating self-reflection into course content to improve the learning experience and develop expertise

    She also has studies underway:
    -The effect of an osteopathic technique on the modulation of the autonomic nervous system
    -Assessing the effectiveness of an osteopathic technique on ankle function and swimming time in children and adolescents

  • Awards

    City Avenue Physicians Award (2010), presented to the residents who demonstrate a strong dedication to teaching and serving the Philadelphia area community

  • Publications

    Annual regional conference presentations at the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA)

    A comparative study of cervical hysteresis characteristics after various osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) modalities. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 89–94

    Poster presentations with manuscripts in progress:
    Measuring principles of palpation using 2D geometric morphometrics, 2nd place poster, American Academy of Osteopathy national conference (Louisville, KY),2015

    Assessing the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment on lateral spinal curvatures using 2D morphometrics, 1st place poster, Biomedical Sciences Research Competition (PCOM), 2014

  • Memberships

    American Academy of Osteopathy

    American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

    American Osteopathic Association

    Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association

    Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physician Society