Dr. Laura Espy-Bell
Laura Espy-Bell, MD, MHA, FACEP is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and University of North Carolina with her Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). Dr. Espy-Bell knew very early in her career, that she wanted to directly touch the lives of individual patients, however also had a strong desire to impact a greater population. As a result, she pursued a career that would afford her the opportunity to pursue both hospital administration and clinical medicine. She chose to specialize in emergency medicine because it gave her the opportunity to affect the most change and live out her life’s mission of directly touching the lives of patients in the same community that raised her.
Dr. Espy-Bell has been a national representative for the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physician’s (ACEP) as well as an active member of the OhioHealth medical staff as an Emergency Medicine attending physician with Mid-Ohio Emergency Services (MOES). More recently, she became the Associate Medical Director of two free standing emergency departments in Obetz, OH and Reynoldsburg, OH in 2017.
Dr. Espy-Bell is also the Medical Director of Community Partnerships at Grant Medical Center where she collaborates with various community organizations to develop and implement strategies to better care for the population that they serve. In her new role with OhioHealth, she is the physician lead helping to align multiple specialties and service lines within OhioHealth and work toward minimizing unwarranted clinical variation.
Dr. Espy-Bell’s passion is centered on leadership, mentorship, diversity, and health disparities which she demonstrates as an active member of the Physician Diversity Steering Committee, working to increase diversity and promote inclusion among OhioHealth residency programs and medical staff and volunteering in Columbus city schools to expose students to the medical field. In addition, she is the co-founder of The Columbus Black Physician’s Network, established in 2016, a social/service organization created to promote networking, provide mentorship, and volunteerism among black physicians in the Columbus, OH area, all the while living out her mantra “to reach as I climb.”