Faculty at the Institute for Aging Research

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

Senior Scientist
Institute for Aging Research
1200 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131-1097



1984 B.Sc. McGill University
1988 M.D. University of Ottawa
1996 M.P.H. Harvard University

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

  1. 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>
  2. 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>
  3. Mitchell SL, Kiely DK, Hamel MB. Dying with advanced dementia in the nursing home. Arch Int Med 2004;164:321-326.  Read More>
  4. 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>
  5. Mitchell SL. Clinical crossroads: a 93 year old man with Alzheimer's disease and eating problems JAMA 2007;298:2527-2536. Read More >
  6. 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 >

  7. 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 >

  8. 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 >


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