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Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H.

Senior Scientist and Director of Palliative Care Research
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Research Interests and Teaching Activities

Dr. Mitchell is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston. She is a clinical epidemiologist and board certified geriatrician and internist in Canada and the United States. Dr. Mitchell's research interests focus on decision-making, health outcomes, and resource utilization for older people near the end-of-life, particularly those with dementia. She is the principal investigator on several large research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health to study the end-stages of dementia and has been a lead author on many articles in top peer-reviewed journals related to this topic.

Dr. Mitchell is active in the mentorship of young investigators and is the recipient of a NIH-NIA K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award. She is also a primary care provider for frail nursing home residents at Hebrew Senior Life and attending geriatrician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Areas of Interest in Aging 

Palliative care, end-of-life care, advanced dementia, nursing home, tube-feeding, clinical epidemiology

Selected Publications

Institute for Aging Research
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1984    B.Sc.    McGill University
1988    M.D.    University of Ottawa
1996    M.P.H.    Harvard University


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