Susan L. Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H.
|Institute for Aging Research
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131-1097
||University of Ottawa
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
Mitchell SL, Kiely DK, Lipsitz LA. The risk factors and impact on survival of feeding tubes in nursing home residents with severely advanced dementia. Arch Int Med 1997;157:327-332. Read More>
Mitchell SL, Teno JM, Roy J, Kabumoto G, Mor V. A national study of the clinical and organizational determinants of tube-feeding among nursing home residents with advanced cognitive impairment. JAMA 2003;290:73-80. Read More>
Mitchell SL, Kiely DK, Hamel MB. Dying with advanced dementia in the nursing home. Arch Int Med
2004;164:321-326. Read More>
Mitchell SL, Kiely DK, Hamel MB, Park PS, Morris JN. Estimating prognosis for nursing home residents with advanced dementia. JAMA 2004;291:2734-2740. Read More>
Mitchell SL. Clinical crossroads: a 93 year old man with Alzheimer's disease and eating problems JAMA 2007;298:2527-2536. Read More >
Mitchell SL. Teno JM, Kiely DK, Shaffer ML, Jones RN, Prigerson HG, Volicer L, Givens JL, Hamel MB. "The Clinical Course of Advanced Dementia." N Engl J Med 2009;361:1529-38 Read More >
Mitchell SL, Miller SC, Kiely DK, Davis RB, Shaffer ML. Prediction of 6-Month Survival of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia Using the Advanced Dementia Prognostic Tool (ADEPT) vs Hospice Eligibility Guidelines JAMA 2010;304:1929-1935. NIHMS257635 Read More >
Mitchell SL, Black BS, Ersek E, Hanson LC, Miller SC, Sachs GA, Teno JM, Morrison RS. Advanced Dementia: State-of-the-Art and Priorities for the Next Decade. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:45-51. PMCID: PMC3261500 Read More >