Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, FACP, a long-time member of ECOG and Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group Underserved Populations Subcommittee, has received the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2012 Humanitarian Award, an honor bestowed for her continued dedication to the advancement of ASCO’s mission and values and for her exemplary delivery of patient care. Dr. Mitchell accepted the award during the opening session of the ASCO annual meeting in Chicago in June.
Dr. Mitchell is a medical oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) and a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College (JMC) of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is also a program leader of Gastrointestinal Oncology at JMC, Associate Director for Diversity Programs for the KCC, and Director of the KCC Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities.
Dr. Mitchell has devoted her medical career to helping individuals in medically underserved areas realize that simple lifestyle changes can have an important effect on cancer care. Through her extensive efforts, Dr. Mitchell has demonstrated the value of community service and outreach, especially by offering medical advice to individuals who may otherwise have gone unserved.
In 1973, while attending the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Dr. Mitchell entered the Air Force and received a commission through the Health Professionals Scholarship Program. She entered active duty after completing her internship and residency in internal medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Dr. Mitchell is now a retired Brigadier General.