Biography & Education


R. Bryan Bell, M.D., DDS, FACS, is a Texas native with special expertise in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck area. His practice includes treating tumors of the oral cavity (mouth), pharynx (throat), sinuses, orbit, skull base and salivary glands as well as tumors of the skin, soft tissues and bones.

Dr. Bell is the medical director of Providence Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Program at Providence Cancer Center. The program's multidisciplinary team of more than 20 specialists includes head and neck surgeons, otolaryngologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, reconstructive microvascular surgeons, oral pathologists, and dentists.

Members of the team work together to develop treatment plans for each of our head and neck cancer patients that incorporate the latest technology and most advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery, laser surgery, robotic surgery, 3-D computer planning with intraoperative navigation and nonsurgical cancer therapies.

Dr. Bell's clinical interests are focused on head and neck oncologic surgery and reconstructive cranio-maxillofacial surgery, with a particular emphasis on oral and oropharyngeal tumors, orbital surgery and skull base surgery.

He has pioneered technological advances in the field of 3-D computer planning and intraoperative guidance to achieve optimal oncologic and reconstructive outcomes. He is one of the few U.S. surgeons with extensive experience with sentinel lymph node biopsy for oral cancer, and was among the first surgeons on the west coast to perform transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for head and neck cancer.

Dr. Bell's current research endeavors are focused on a collaboration with translational immunologists at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute in the Providence Cancer Center to develop innovative treatment strategies that trigger the immune system to fight oral, head and neck cancer.

Dr. Bell has lectured extensively to national and international audiences and his work has been published in more than 100 scientific articles and textbook chapters. He has received numerous honors and has been chosen by his peers as one of Portland Monthly magazine's best head and neck/oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

Find a complete list of Dr. Bell's professional publications.

Awards and distinctions
2011 William F. Harrigan Society Award

Areas of expertise

Head and neck surgery; Oral and maxillofacial surgery


Medical school: University of North Carolina

Dental school: Creighton University

Internship: University of North Carolina

Residency: University of North Carolina

Fellowship: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Board-certified surgeon


Care Locations

Head and Neck Surgical Associates
1849 NW Kearney St.
Suite 300
Portland , OR 97209
4805 NE Glisan St.
Suite 6N50
Portland , OR 97213
Fax 503-215-3037




Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (63 Ratings, 16 Comments)


My experience with Dr. Bell and the people who work with him has been consistently outstanding. We feel fortunate to be under their care.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr Bell and group very professional!
Providence Health & Services Patient

Very good.
Providence Health & Services Patient

I started care with Dr. Bell 10 yrs ago when I was referred to him by another specialist.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Drs. Bell and [...] are terrific
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Bell and his associates have provided consistently excellent care and support during a very difficult period.
Providence Health & Services Patient

My dermatologist got me in the very next day. I was extremely pleased with the experience with Dr. Bell and Dr. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Bell is the most helpful and capable medical professional that either my wife or I have ever experienced. I do not know where he finds the time to treat each of his patients as thoroughly and sensitively as he does.
Providence Health & Services Patient

I have the highest regard for Dr. Bell and his clinical/diagnostic acumen, not to mention his kind heart and respectful ways with everyone.
Providence Health & Services Patient

Dr. Bell is a very competent physician and a terrific surgeon. However, he gave me a wrong diagnosis for my extended care after surgery. This failure caused me to have excessive unneeded and unwanted stress. This also caused me to lose some of my confidence in Dr. Bell [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient

Care was very good by this provider. However I have a cancer care team and felt for the first time there was some lack of coherent discussion or plan between all team providers on follow up coordination. Ie: how many times a particular scope method was to be performed in evaluating my condition. Including which doctor would perform it and how often. I also felt like the charting system was not adequately conferring information from a visit with each doctor on the cancer care team to the other doctors on the team.
Providence Health & Services Patient

The Best.
Providence Health & Services Patient

All very professional
Providence Health & Services Patient

The last two visits we were seen very quickly. [...]
Providence Health & Services Patient

Excellent care that saved my life!
Providence Health & Services Patient

Had a problem with an individual in speech therapy. Department responded and corrected the problem.
Providence Health & Services Patient