Suzanne E. Mitchell, MD

Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Suzanne Mitchell


Dr. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/ Boston Medical Center and 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 Boston University 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 5/1/2020

    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 May; 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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  • Published on 8/6/2019

    Nguyen MT, Feeney T, Kim C, Drake FT, Mitchell SE, Bednarczyk M, Sanchez SE. Differential Utilization of Palliative Care Consultation Between Medical and Surgical Services. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Apr; 37(4):250-257. PMID: 31387366.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Mitchell SE, Laurens V, Weigel GM, Hirschman KB, Scott AM, Nguyen HQ, Howard JM, Laird L, Levine C, Davis TC, Gass B, Shaid E, Li J, Williams MV, Jack BW. Care Transitions From Patient and Caregiver Perspectives. Ann Fam Med. 2018 05; 16(3):225-231. PMID: 29760026.

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  • Published on 9/12/2017

    Lestoquoy AS, Laird LD, Mitchell S, Gergen-Barnett K, Negash NL, McCue K, Enad R, Gardiner P. Living with chronic pain: Evaluating patient experiences with a medical group visit focused on mindfulness and non-pharmacological strategies. Complement Ther Med. 2017 Dec; 35:33-38. PMID: 29154064.

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  • Published on 6/16/2017

    Cancino RS, Manasseh C, Kwong L, Mitchell SE, Martin J, Jack BW. Project RED Impacts Patient Experience. J Patient Exp. 2017 Dec; 4(4):185-190. PMID: 29276765.

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  • Published on 4/19/2017

    Mitchell SE, Weigel GM, Laurens V, Martin J, Jack BW. Implementation and adaptation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) in five California hospitals: a qualitative research study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 Apr 19; 17(1):291. PMID: 28424074.

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  • Published on 4/3/2017

    Naylor MD, Shaid EC, Carpenter D, Gass B, Levine C, Li J, Malley A, McCauley K, Nguyen HQ, Watson H, Brock J, Mittman B, Jack B, Mitchell S, Callicoatte B, Schall J, Williams MV. Components of Comprehensive and Effective Transitional Care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1119-1125. PMID: 28369722.

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  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Scott AM, Oyewole-Eletu S, Nguyen H, Gass B, Hirschman K, Mitchell SE, Hudson S, Williams MV. Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Care Transitions: Insights from Project ACHIEVE Site Visits. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2017; 43(9):443-337.

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