Suzanne E. Mitchell, MD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Suzanne Mitchell


Dr. Mitchell is board certified in family and palliative medicine. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Masters of Science in Clinical Research from UCLA. Dr. Mitchell completed family medicine residency training at the White Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program in Los Angeles CA where she continued her work and research in cross cultural communication and cultural competency until 2006 when she relocated to Boston, MA. She completed the Boston University academic fellowship and received and AHRQ mentored clinical researcher award in 2010 to study the impact of patient-doctor communication on health disparities, health service utilization and shared decision making behavior. Dr. Mitchell is a member of the research team on transitions of care and the Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) at Boston University. She is a co-principal investigator on the current Project RED-Depression trial studying the effectiveness of mental health support to reduce readmissions. She also has a special interest in the use of novel health technology to enhance patient safety and informed patient choice. Dr. Mitchell is an active member of the teaching faculty at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and continues to practice primary and palliative care in medically underserved communities of the Boston area.

Dr. Mitchell’s expertise and interests include: cultural competency; health disparities; shared decision making; motivational interviewing; PCMH team development; transition of care; palliative care.


  • Wake Forest University, MD
  • University of California, Los Angeles, MS
  • Bethel College, BS


  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Mitchell SE, Reichert M, Howard JM, Krizman K, Bragg A, Huffaker M, Parker K, Cawley M, Roberts HW, Sung Y, Brown J, Culpepper L, Cabral HJ, Jack BW. Reducing Readmission of Hospitalized Patients With Depressive Symptoms: A Randomized Trial. Ann Fam Med. 2022 May-Jun; 20(3):246-254. PMID: 35606137.

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  • Published on 4/12/2022

    Javaid M, Fritz M, O'Brien M, Clark S, Mitchell S, Sanchez SE. Use and Perceptions of Shared Decision-Making by General Surgery Faculty and Trainees. J Surg Res. 2022 08; 276:323-330. PMID: 35427910.

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  • Published on 8/9/2021

    Sorra J, Zebrak K, Carpenter D, Famolaro T, Rauch J, Li J, Davis T, Nguyen HQ, McIntosh M, Mitchell S, Hirschman KB, Levine C, Clouser JM, Brock J, Williams MV. Development and psychometric properties of surveys to assess patient and family caregiver experience with care transitions. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Aug 09; 21(1):785. PMID: 34372847.

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  • Published on 6/29/2021

    Mitchell S, Bragg A, Gardiner P, De La Cruz B, Laird L. Patient engagement and presence in a virtual world world diabetes self-management education intervention for minority women. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Apr; 105(4):797-804. PMID: 34226067.

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  • Published on 5/3/2021

    Mitchell S, Bragg A, Moldovan I, Woods S, Melo K, Martin-Howard J, Gardiner P. Stigma as a Barrier to Participant Recruitment of Minority Populations in Diabetes Research: Development of a Community-Centered Recruitment Approach. JMIR Diabetes. 2021 May 03; 6(2):e26965. PMID: 33938811.

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  • Published on 1/7/2021

    Li J, Du G, Clouser JM, Stromberg A, Mays G, Sorra J, Brock J, Davis T, Mitchell S, Nguyen HQ, Williams MV. Improving evidence-based grouping of transitional care strategies in hospital implementation using statistical tools and expert review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jan 07; 21(1):35. PMID: 33413334.

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  • Published on 12/16/2020

    Nguyen MT, Feeney T, Kim C, Drake FT, Mitchell SE, Bednarczyk M, Sanchez SE. Patient-Level Factors Influencing Palliative Care Consultation at a Safety-Net Urban Hospital. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Nov; 38(11):1299-1307. PMID: 33325245.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Randall J, Zametkin EM, Mitchell S. Using the Design Thinking Process to Target Barriers to Palliative Care for Socially Vulnerable Patients. J Palliat Med. 2020 05; 23(5):603-604. PMID: 32378990.

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  • Published on 12/18/2019

    Gardiner P, Luo M, D'Amico S, Gergen-Barnett K, White LF, Saper R, Mitchell S, Liebschutz JM. Effectiveness of integrative medicine group visits in chronic pain and depressive symptoms: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2019; 14(12):e0225540. PMID: 31851666.

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  • Published on 8/21/2019

    Lee AL, DeBest M, Koeniger-Donohue R, Strowman SR, Mitchell SE. The feasibility and acceptability of using virtual world technology for interprofessional education in palliative care: a mixed methods study. J Interprof Care. 2020 Jul-Aug; 34(4):461-471. PMID: 31431115.

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