Edith Mitchell Receives American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award


Dr. Edith Mitchell

Dr. Edith Mitchell

Edith Mitchell, M.D., clinical professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, was honored with the Cancer Control Award, an award created by the American Cancer Society.

This award recognizes an individual who has made a major and unique contribution to cancer control in a non-research based activity in the region, which includes Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware counties. Dr Mitchell was honored at the 2009 American Cancer Society, Southeast Region’s Awards Celebration, which took place October 15.

“This is a great honor as there are so many physicians who are also deserving of this award,” said Dr. Mitchell, who is also Associate Director for Diversity Programs at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.

Dr. Mitchell received a bachelor of science in Biochemistry “With Distinction” from Tennessee State University and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Mitchell entered active duty after completion of her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University. She is now a retired Brigadier General from the United States Air Force.

Dr. Mitchell’s research in pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer and other GI malignancies involves new drug evaluation and chemotherapy, development of new therapeutic regimens, chemoradiation strategies for combined modality therapy, patient selection criteria and supportive care for patients with gastrointestinal cancer. She travels nationally and internationally teaching and lecturing on the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies.

Dr. Mitchell has authored and co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts on cancer treatment, prevention, and cancer control. As a distinguished researcher, she has received numerous Cancer Research and Principal Investigator Awards, and serves on the National Cancer Institute Review Panel and the Cancer Investigations Review Committee.