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CancerCare names Jefferson professor Physician of the Year
Date:11/3/2010

PHILADELPHIA Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., clinical professor, Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and associate director of Diversity Programs for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, was recently named 'Physician of the Year' by CancerCare, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Dr. Mitchell is being honored for her work in gastrointestinal malignancies.

"Receiving an honor such as this from an organization like CancerCare is truly gratifying," said Dr. Mitchell. "CancerCare is dedicated to serving the unique needs of cancer patients, regardless of their means, and provides much needed support to the community. I appreciate the services that CancerCare offers because they help lessen the burden that a cancer diagnosis places on a patient; and I know first-hand, that patients deeply appreciate their work as well."

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. While attending medical school, Dr. Mitchell entered the Air Force and received a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She 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.

Dr. Mitchell's research in pancreatic 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 malignancie
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Contact: Ed Federico
ed.federico@jefferson.edu
Thomas Jefferson University
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