Shaquita L Bell, MD

Shaquita L Bell, MD

Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, General Pediatrics

On staff since July 2009

Children's Title: Senior Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Academic Title: Professor

Foundation Title: Janet and Jim Sinegal Endowed Chair for the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

"The families at Odessa Brown make my job the best job in the world. I come from a community where people pull together in hard times, where elders are respected and cared for, and where the entire neighborhood looks after the children. When I moved from Minneapolis to Seattle I was thrilled to find a similar community at Odessa. People here really care about each other and the work that we do. Sure there are hard days and sad cases, but overall the work that is done is rewarding and the good far exceeds the hardships we experience some times. To know that I can help patients achieve health in every way that is defined be it medically, nutritionally, socially, emotionally, or even academically is more then I ever thought possible in one place."

  • Born and raised in Minnesota, Shaquita is Cherokee on her mothers side and African-American on her fathers. She completed medical school at the University of Minnesota in 2006. Dr. Bell then went on to pediatric residency at the University of Washington, which she completed in 2009. In 2010 she remained at Seattle Childrens completing a chief residency year. Dr. Bell is currently a pediatrician at the community health center Odessa Brown. She is the site coordinator for residents and helps to run the foster care program there. Dr. Bell is faculty at Seattle Childrens and the University of Washington in the division of General Pediatrics. In her free time she competes in triathlons and is an avid reader.

    • Joe Seattle, WA 12.12.16

      My foster children were recommended to Odessa Brown Clinic, but after meeting Dr. Bell, all my children are her doctor now. They look forward to going to the doctor and ask if we can visit when we are walking down the street. She is the best doctor I have seen and it always available when myself as a parent have an issue or question.

    • Autumn Seattle, WA 06.19.12

      HANDS DOWN THE BEST PEDIATRICIAN IN SEATTLE! I have an 18 month girl and an 8 year boy, and she is fantastic with both of them! Dr. Bell encompasses all of the things that a pediatrician should. She listens, explains everything in laymen's terms, and makes you and your children feel like family! She ALWAYS goes the extra mile to offer any advice or activities for your children that would be helpful!. I honestly believe her to be the best kept secret in Seattle. I would highly recommend her to any parent with kids. She is so wonderful my son can't stop talking about her. He is actually brushing his teeth twice a day since she talked to him about it. Love her! Thanks Dr. Bell!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Native American Child Health Advocacy Award AAP Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH) March 2023
    Elizabeth Thomas Award nominee Seattle Childrens Odessa Brown Childrens Clinic Dec. 2013
    Elizabeth Thomas Award nominee Seattle Childrens Odessa Brown Childrens Clinic Dec. 2012
    Blanket Ceremony Honoree University of Washington School of Medicine, Native American Center of Excellence 2010
    New Century Scholar Ambulatory Pediatric Association 2008
    Lenoard Tow Student Humanism in Medicine Award Arnold P. Gold Foundation 2006
    Centennial Scholarship Minnesota Medical Foundation 2006
    Outstanding Medical Student Award awarded to top graduating medical student Metropolitan-Mount Sinai Medical Center 2006
    Medical Student Achievement Award Minnesota Medical Foundation 2006
    Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement American Medical Womens Association 2006
    Significant Contribution and Leadership Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Student National Medical Association Twin Cities chapter 2006
    Dr. Cassius Ellis Scholarship Minnesota Medical Foundation and the family and friends of Cassius M.C. Ellis, III, M.D. 2006
    Gold Humanism Honor Society Arnold P. Gold Foundation, University of Minnesota Medical School 2006
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society University of Minnesota Medical School 2006
    Exceptional Merit Scholarship University of Minnesota Medical School 2003
  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Recruitment of Diverse Housestaff in Pediatrics: Strategies for Success Pediatric Academic Association Annual Meeting Vancouver, BC May 2010
    Recruitment of Diverse Housestaff in Pediatrics: Strategies for Success Association of Pediatric Program Directors Annual Meeting Chicago, IL April 2010
    H1N1 Is No Fun: Lessons in Disaster Preparedness Association of Pediatric Program Directors Annual Meeting Chicago, IL April 2010
    Viral Shedding of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Among Health Care Personnel: Implications for Exclusion From Patient Care Seattle, WA, 2009 Infectious Disease Society of America, Annual Meeting 2010
    "The "A" in WWAMI: Lessons learned from the Alaskan bush" Patient Safety Conference Seattle Childrens Hospital 2010


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Health disparities; adolescent territorial and predatory violence