John D. Mitchell, MD
Professor of Surgery, Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine
A native of Colorado within the United States, Dr. Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. After finishing his medical degree at University of Michigan, he completed residencies in both General and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. During his residency, Dr. Mitchell also served as a Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery in Liverpool, England. Following a 4 year stint in the United States Navy, Dr. Mitchell joined the faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2002, he was recruited to the University of Colorado to become the Chief of General Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Mitchell is also a consultant for National Jewish Health, and as a result has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of lung infection. His clinical and research interests focus on lung cancer, surgical treatment of lung infection, surgery of the airway, minimally invasive approaches to thoracic surgical procedures and lung transplantation. In 2006, Dr. Mitchell was awarded the first Endowed Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado. He serves on several editorial boards and is actively involved in various thoracic surgical societies on a regional and international level.