Lowcountry doctor awarded national service award

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A doctor who has been practicing medicine in the Lowcountry for more than 35 years as awarded a national service award.Dr. Thaddeus Bell, the Roper St. Francis chief diversity advisor, has been honored by the National Medical Association with its 2013 Distinguished Service Award."I've focused much time and energy during my career on mentoring minority{}{} physicians and increasing health literacy among the region's underserved," Dr. Bell said. "In my role as chief diversity advisor with Roper St. Francis, I offer the system a different perspective when dealing with issues of diversity."Dr. Bell currently practices medicine at Thaddeus J. Bell Family Medicine in North Charleston. He will receive his award on July 27 in Toronto.The National Medical Association is the nation's oldest and largest professional organization for more than 50,000 African-American physicians practicing in the United States.