Dr. Richard Mitchell

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Dr. Richard Mitchell

Associate Professor of Pathology and Health Sciences and Technology
Associate Master, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Dr. Richard Mitchell has been passionate about academic medicine and research for as long as he can remember. He had already earned a Ph.D. by the time he applied to medical school. He remembers being excited by the medical education he received, and describes it as “getting a user manual for this body we were walking around in.”

A specialist in cardiovascular pathology, Dr. Mitchell’s enthusiasm about his current research in cardiovascular diseases and solid organ transplant is surpassed only by his commitment to his students.

"For students who love research, being at Harvard Medical School is a lot like being a kid in a candy store. The depth and breadth of scientific investigation conducted in this community is incredible."

“ My students work with engineers and physicists on the next level hip prostheses, or next-generation heart valves, or retinal implants that allow blind people to see,” says Dr. Mitchell, who supervises student research within both the cardiology and pathology laboratories at Harvard’s state-of-the-art New Research Building. “They regularly interact with the medical pioneers—in stem cell research, or cancer, or Alzheimer’s disease—who work next door. They attend courses side-by-side with students earning doctorate degrees, share life experiences and learn to appreciate a variety of different perspectives. I’ve had students have brilliant ideas, take a break from medical school to start their own companies, and be featured on the cover of Fortune magazine before returning to complete their medical degrees. I’ve had students earn MBA degrees at the Harvard Business School midway through their M.D. programs. It is an environment unbelievably rich in cross-fertilization.”

“Our goal is to help our students become fluent in the languages of science and medicine,” says Dr. Mitchell, “and to graduate leaders who can understand the utility of such an interaction.”



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