Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP, FRCP
Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP, FRCP, Associate Director for Diversity Affairs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health, has been recognized as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP).
The RCP was founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII. RCP fellows are distinguished consultants or specialty and associate specialist doctors and are given the honor of using the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) postnominal. Fellowship is an accolade held by some of the most exceptional and innovative physicians in the world. It is a mark of achievement and skill as a doctor, recognizing one’s ongoing contribution to the profession, and amplifies one’s voice to shape the future of health care.
Dr. Mitchell, who is also Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, has spent her career helping individuals in medically underserved areas. She conducts research on minority participation in clinical trials and barriers to accrual, including ethnic and socioeconomic factors. Her research in breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers and other gastrointestinal 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. In addition to her medical achievements, Dr. Mitchell is a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, the first female physician to attain the rank in the history of the Air Force.
Dr. Mitchell is an appointed member of the President’s Cancer Panel and served as the 116th President of the National Medical Association. Because of her experience in the cancer research community, she was selected to serve as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel, convened to advise the National Cancer Advisory Board on then–Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. She has also served on numerous committees for the National Cancer Institute, ASCO, and American Association for Cancer Research, among others.