BOSTON—Susan Mitchell, MD, MPH of Needham Massachusetts was recently presented with the 2016 UCLA David H. Solomon award. The award was named in honor of the former chair of medicine at University of California, Los Angeles and is awarded annually to an influential leader in the field of geriatrics.
Dr. Mitchell is Senior Scientist and Director of Palliative Care Research at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School 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.