Board of Directors

David L. Bell, MD, MPH

David L. Bell, MD, MPH, co-chair
Medical Director, The Family Planning Clinic/The Young Men’s Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Colleg

Dr. Bell is an adolescent medicine physician and works primarily with ages 12-24. Dr. Bell is the medical director of the Young Men's Clinic and the School-Based Clinic Program. The Young Men's Clinic is a unique adjunct to the Center's Family Planning Clinic. The school-based clinic program consists of 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools in upper Manhattan. Both are direct service components of the Center for Community Health and Education within the Mailman School of Public Health. He provides direct patient care for adolescent and young adult males and females within the Young Men's Clinic and the Family Planning Clinic. He supervises mid-level practitioners at the school sites, as well as residents and students in the Young Men's Clinic. Dr. Bell is currently on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute. He has consulted for the federal Office of Family Planning, and assisted with trainings on male health with Federal OFP Regions I, II, IV and VI, as well as with Engender Health (formerly AVSC). He has appeared on MTV, BET, and CBS, promoting male health issues. Dr. Bell completed a three-year adolescent medicine specialty fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Arthur Elster, MD, MJ

Arthur Elster, MD, MJ
Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine. Northwestern University
Dr. Elster received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his medical education from the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico, he served in the military at Madigan Army Medical Center where he received a Medal of Commendation for his work in adolescent medicine. Dr Elster completed an adolescent medicine fellowship program at the University of Rochester, and then served for 9 years on the faculty at the University of Utah where he started an innovative comprehensive program for pregnant teens, parenting teens and their infants, and young fathers. Dr Elster spent 1 year as a visiting researcher at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development before going to the American Medical Association. During his 20 years at the AMA Dr Elster authored many scientific reports and developed training programs for physicians in areas of adolescent health, racial disparities, school violence, obesity, and family and domestic violence. Dr Elster recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence program at Loyola School of Law, with a focus on child and family law. He is past president of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. He currently holds faculty appointments at Northwestern University School of Medicine where he teaches in the MPH program, and the Loyola Chicago School of Law, where he teaches in the Masters of Jurisprudence program. Dr Elster has authored many scientific papers and book chapters, has served on national advisory panels, and has been a visiting professor at various locations both nationally and internationally.

Arik V. Marcell, MD, MPH

Arik V. Marcell, MD, MPH, co-chair
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Center for Adolescent Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Marcell is a nationally recognized expert in the field of gender medicine, especially preventive health and medical services for adolescent men and young adults. Since 2006, he has served as the Clinical Director of Teen services at the Harriet Lane Clinic, was the Medical Director of the Teen Clinic at the University of Maryland, and has extensive experience directing Title X services funded through the Baltimore City Health Department's Bureau of Adolescent and Reproductive Health. Dr. Marcell's research has focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and access to care from both the patient and provider perspectives. He recently completed a 5-year collaborative evaluation study with the Baltimore City Health Department's Bureau of Adolescent and Reproductive Health on engaging young men in reproductive health care funded by DHHS, Office of Family Planning and was co-author and primary faculty member of the Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health training program. He has also been funded through the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development career development K23 mechanism to study teen males' barriers and access to reproductive health care, is a faculty advisor for the Adolescent Health Working Group's Sexual Health Module Committee and the Physicians for Responsible Choice and Health's Adolescent Reproductive Health Education Project. He has extensive experience training health professionals on topics such as STIs, adolescent health, and male health and reproductive health for Region III Title X, the Male Advocacy Network, Planned Parenthood, Physicians for Responsible Choice & Health, Adolescent Reproductive Health Education Project, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

Richard Pelman, MD

Richard Pelman, MD
Dr. Pelman attended the University of Washington for both his baccalaureate degrees in Zoology and Anthropology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1979 from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Since completing his Urology training, he has successfully maintained a thriving private practice in Bellevue Washington as well as engaging in multiple academic pursuits.  He has published several articles and lectured extensively on various aspects of Urology, particularly OAB and on Men's Health.  He served as the AUA Representative as a member of the Technical Expert Panel, Evidence Based Practice Centers Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for Guidelines development for Overactive Bladder 2008-2009. He developed the Men's Health program for the Washington State Urology Society and is the chair of that committee.  In 2009 he proposed to the American Urological Association Board of Directors the concept of an AUA Committee on Male Health. He served as Chairman of the AUA Ad Hoc Committee on Male Health until 2010, as well as having served as Course Director and Faculty for the inaugural AUA instructional course on Male Health. He is a past President of The Washington State Urology Society, and is President of the Northwest Urological Society. He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Urologists and serves on the Board of Directors of that organization as the Western District Representative.

Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH

Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH
Dr. Rafferty is a Triple Board resident at Brown University, which is an interdisciplinary program leading to board eligibility in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry.  He was a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar who received his M.D., M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health, and Ed.M. in Child Development and Psychology from Harvard University. At graduation, he was recognized with the Intellectual Achievement/Faculty Tribute Award for dedication to scholarship that enhances academic life and positively impacts fellow students. He was a Charles A. Dana Scholar who graduated magna cum laude with honors in neuroscience and a concentration in philosophy from Bates College in 2005, and spent a year teaching in a public junior high school before starting graduate work at Harvard. In medical school, he has served in faculty positions as a clinical preceptor and Gross Anatomy tutorial and lab instructor where he was recognized by his students with an "Excellence in Tutoring" award. Pursuing interests in medical ethics, Jason served as vice-chair for the American Medical Association's Student Bioethics and & Humanities Committee and is currently a member of the Ethics Committee at Rhode Island Hospital.  Jason's interest in health policy has led him to China and Japan to study international health systems, and to numerous leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School. During his tenure at Harvard, he was elected to two terms as the Vice-President of Student Advocacy on the Harvard Graduate Council, the University-wide graduate student government. His aspirations are to care for at-risk adolescents and, for the past four years, he has collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the design and implementation of a peer leadership intervention to increase adolescent male health literacy and utilization of school-based primary care services.

Judith Siegel, MSW, LICSW

Judith Siegel, MSW, LICSW
Judith Siegel is a licensed clinical social worker at the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston. She is the Director of Mental Health Services within the division and the Director of Social Work Training for the Boston LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) grant. She is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has had a longstanding interest in provider/patient communication with young men and has recently produced a training module, Effective Clinical Interviewing for Adolescent Boys and Young Men, available on Pedicases. She coordinates a health website for adolescent boys, and chairs the Young Men's Health Initiative in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Over the years, she has worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential and inpatient programs, community clinics, college counseling centers and private practice.

Niobe Way

Niobe Way, Ed.D.
Niobe Way is Professor of Applied Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. She is also the co-Director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education at NYU and the past President for the Society for Research on Adolescence. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow in the psychology department at Yale University. Way's research focuses on the intersections of culture, context, and human development, with a particular focus on the social and emotional development of adolescents. She is interested in how schools, families, and peers as well as larger political and economic contexts influence developmental trajectories. Her work also focuses on social identities, including gender and racial/ethnic identities, and the effects of gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes on adjustment and on friendships. Way is a nationally recognized leader in the field of adolescent development and in the use of mixed methods; she has been studying the social and emotional development of girls and boys for over two decades.

Way is the author of numerous books and journal articles. Her sole authored books include: Everyday Courage: The Lives and Stories of Urban Teenagers (NYU Press, 1998); and Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection (Harvard University Press, 2011). Her co-edited or co-authored books include: Urban Girls: Resisting Stereotypes, Creating Identities (NYU press, 1996); Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). and Growing up Fast: Transitions to Adulthood among Inner City Adolescent Mothers (Erlbaum Press, 2001). The latter co-authored book (with Bonnie Leadbeater) received the Best Book Award from the Society of Research on Adolescence (2002). Her current research projects focus on the influence of families, peers, and schools on the trajectories of social and emotional development among adolescents in New York City and in Nanjing, China. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, The National Science Foundation, The William T. Grant Foundation, The Spencer Foundation, and by numerous other smaller foundations.

Ex Officio

Dennis J. Barbour, JD
Dennis BarbourMr. Barbour is Founder and Executive Director of The Partnership for Male Youth.  He also serves as the editor of the Health Provider Toolkit for Adolescent and Young Adult Males.  An attorney with over 30 years' experience in the nonprofit health field,  he has served as a CEO and advisor to national and international organizations composed of physicians and other health care providers, patients, researchers, academicians and caregivers in the fields of primary care, dermatology, reproductive health, preventive medicine, HIV/AIDS, addiction, geriatric and end of life care.  Among other appointments, he was the executive director of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and legislative counsel to the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Occupational Medical Association and Meharry Medical College.  In recent years he served as the president and CEO of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and interim CEO of the Alpha 1 Association, the Society for Credentialed Addiction Professionals and Americans for Better Care of the Dying, as well as strategic planning consultant to AIDS Action and the National Peace Foundation.  He also served as principal editor of the American Academy of HIV Medicine’s inaugural core curriculum for credentialing of HIV physician specialists. He has been the author of legal briefs and numerous articles on health care issues. His most recent prior appointment was CEO of the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

Barbour attended Georgetown University and the Washington College of Law, where he graduated with a JD. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and the US Supreme Court Bar. He is also a Certified Association Executive.