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

Director of Palliative Care Research, Co-Director of the Interventional Studies in Aging Center, Senior Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Research Interests and Teaching Activities

Dr. Mitchell is a geriatrician, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston. She is also a attending geriatrician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 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 and has been a lead author on many articles in top peer-reviewed journals related to this topic. Dr. Mitchell was the recipient of a NIH-NIA K24 Mid-Career Investigator and NIA MERIT awards.

Dr. Mitchell is currently the Principal Investigator for the NIA IMPACT Collaboratory:, which is working to build the nation’s capacity to conduct pragmatic clinical trials of interventions embedded within health care systems for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Areas of Interest in Aging 

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

Selected Publications

Hinda and Arthur Marcus 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