John D. Mitchell, MD
Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School (1987)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1983)
Internship:
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program (1988)
Residencies:
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Thoracic and Cardiac (1996)
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Congenital Cardiac Surgery (1996)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Program, Surgery (1994)
Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Cardiothoracic

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Surgery-Cardiothoracic
  • Chief, General Thoracic Surgery
  • Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery

Recognition & Awards

  • Pioneer Award, University of Colorado Hospital (2011)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2011)
  • America's Top Doctor, Castle Connolly (2010)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2010)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2009)
  • Donald B. Doty Educational Award, Western Thoracic Surgical Association (2008)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2008)
  • Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery, Courtenay C. and Lucy Patten Davis (2007)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2007)
  • Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2006)

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2002)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
  • Associate Professor (2005)
    School of Medicine, Surgery
  • Professor (2012)
    School of Medicine, Surgery

Publications

  • Handy JR, Bremner RM, Crocenzi TS, Detterbeck FC, Fernando HC, Fidias PM, Firestone S, Johnstone CA, Lanuti M, Litle VR, Kesler KA, Mitchell JD, Pass HI, Ross HJ, Varghese TK. Expert Consensus Document on Pulmonary Metastasectomy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Feb;107(2):631-649. PubMed PMID: 30476477
  • Mitchell JD. A Tale of Two Infections. Thorac Surg Clin. 2019 Feb;29(1):ix. PubMed PMID: 30454927
  • Mitchell JD. Surgical Treatment of Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infections. Thorac Surg Clin. 2019 Feb;29(1):77-83. PubMed PMID: 30454924
  • Litle VR, Mitchell JD. Global infections, local solutions: a guide for thoracic surgeons. J Thorac Dis. 2018 Oct;10(Suppl 28):S3376-S3377. PubMed PMID: 30505524
  • Altorki NK, Wang X, Wigle D, Gu L, Darling G, Ashrafi AS, Landrenau R, Miller D, Liberman M, Jones DR, Keenan R, Conti M, Wright G, Veit LJ, Ramalingam SS, Kamel M, Pass HI, Mitchell JD, Stinchcombe T, Vokes E, Kohman LJ. Perioperative mortality and morbidity after sublobar versus lobar resection for early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer: post-hoc analysis of an international, randomised, phase 3 trial (CALGB/Alliance 140503). Lancet Respir Med. 2018 Dec;6(12):915-924. PubMed PMID: 30442588
  • Mitchell JD. Surgical Management of Pulmonary Mycobacterial Disease. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Jun;39(3):392-398. PubMed PMID: 30071554
  • Bhagat R, Bronsert MR, Juarez-Colunga E, Weyant MJ, Mitchell JD, Glebova NO, Henderson WG, Fullerton D, Meguid RA. Postoperative Complications Drive Unplanned Readmissions After Esophagectomy for Cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 May;105(5):1476-1482. PubMed PMID: 29373825
  • Stewart CL, Wilson L, Hamm A, Bartsch C, Boniface M, Gleisner A, Mitchell JD, Weyant MJ, Meguid R, Gajdos C, Edil BH, McCarter M. Is Chemical Pyloroplasty Necessary for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28058546
  • Hernández-Saavedra D, Sanders L, Perez MJ, Kosmider B, Smith LP, Mitchell JD, Yoshida T, Tuder RM. RTP801 Amplifies Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate Oxidase-4-Dependent Oxidative Stress Induced by Cigarette Smoke. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2017 Jan;56(1):62-73. PubMed PMID: 27556956
  • Bhagat R, Bronsert MR, Ward AN, Martin J, Juarez-Colunga E, Glebova NO, Henderson WG, Fullerton D, Weyant MJ, Mitchell JD, Meguid RA. National Analysis of Unplanned Readmissions After Thoracoscopic Versus Open Lung Cancer Resection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Dec;104(6):1782-1790. PubMed PMID: 29102302
  • Shroyer AL, Quin JA, Grau-Sepulveda MV, Kosinski AS, Yerokun BA, Mitchell JD, Bilfinger TV. Geographic Variations in Lung Cancer Lobectomy Outcomes: The General Thoracic Surgery Database. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Nov;104(5):1650-1655. PubMed PMID: 28935347
  • Bruno TC, Ebner PJ, Moore BL, Squalls OG, Waugh KA, Eruslanov EB, Singhal S, Mitchell JD, Franklin WA, Merrick DT, McCarter MD, Palmer BE, Kern JA, Slansky JE. Antigen-Presenting Intratumoral B Cells Affect CD4( ) TIL Phenotypes in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients. Cancer Immunol Res. 2017 Oct;5(10):898-907. PubMed PMID: 28848053
  • Mitchell JD. Blunt chest trauma: is there a place for rib stabilization?. J Thorac Dis. 2017 Apr;9(Suppl 3):S211-S217. PubMed PMID: 28446987
  • Bergeron EJ, Meguid RA, Mitchell JD. Chronic Infections of the Chest Wall. Thorac Surg Clin. 2017 May;27(2):87-97. PubMed PMID: 28363377
  • Bakaeen FG, Svensson LG, Mitchell JD, Keshavjee S, Patterson GA, Weisel RD. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery/Society of Thoracic Surgeons position statement on developing clinical practice documents. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Apr;153(4):999-1005. PubMed PMID: 28359374
  • Bakaeen FG, Svensson LG, Mitchell JD, Keshavjee S, Patterson GA, Weisel RD. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery/Society of Thoracic Surgeons Position Statement on Developing Clinical Practice Documents. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Apr;103(4):1350-1356. PubMed PMID: 28359472
  • Stewart CL, Wilson L, Hamm A, Bartsch C, Boniface M, Gleisner A, Mitchell JD, Weyant MJ, Meguid R, Gajdos C, Edil BH, McCarter M. Is Chemical Pyloroplasty Necessary for Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy?. Ann Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28058546
  • Hernández-Saavedra D, Sanders L, Perez MJ, Kosmider B, Smith LP, Mitchell JD, Yoshida T, Tuder RM. RTP801 Amplifies Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate Oxidase-4-Dependent Oxidative Stress Induced by Cigarette Smoke. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2017 Jan;56(1):62-73. PubMed PMID: 27556956
  • Jones TS, Sullivan A, Damle S, Weyant MJ, Mitchell JD, Weitzel NS, Meguid RA. Assessment and Management of Postintubation Airway Injuries. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 May 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27166401
  • Gaissert HA, Fernandez FG, Allen MS, Burfeind WR, Block MI, Donahue JM, Mitchell JD, Schipper PH, Onaitis MW, Kosinski AS, Jacobs JP, Shahian DM, Kozower BD, Edwards FH, Conrad EA, Patterson GA. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database: 2016 Update on Research. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Nov;102(5):1444-1451. PubMed PMID: 27772572
  • Jones TS, Sullivan A, Damle S, Weyant MJ, Mitchell JD, Weitzel NS, Meguid RA. Assessment and Management of Postintubation Airway Injuries. Semin Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 May 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27166401
  • Bunn PA Jr, Gaspar LE, Weyant MJ, Mitchell JD. Neoadjuvant combination chemotherapy for unresectable stage III non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer. 2015 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26700372
  • Aldea GS, Bakaeen FG, Pal J, Fremes S, Head SJ, Sabik J, Rosengart T, Kappetein AP, Thourani VH, Firestone S, Mitchell JD. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Clinical Practice Guidelines on Arterial Conduits for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Feb;101(2):801-9. PubMed PMID: 26680310
  • Boffa DJ, Dhamija A, Kosinski AS, Kim AW, Detterbeck FC, Mitchell JD, Onaitis MW, Paul S. Fewer complications result from a video-assisted approach to anatomic resection of clinical stage I lung cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jan 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24529729
  • Mitchell JD. Invited commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Nov;96(5):1802-3. PubMed PMID: 24182466
  • Mitchell JD. Techniques of VATS lobectomy. J Thorac Dis. 2013 Aug;5(Suppl 3):S177-81. PubMed PMID: 24040520
  • Rocco G, Allen MS, Altorki NK, Asamura H, Blum MG, Detterbeck FC, Dresler CM, Gossot D, Grondin SC, Jaklitsch MT, Mitchell JD, Newton JR Jr, Van Schil PE, Waddell TK, Wood DE. Clinical statement on the role of the surgeon and surgical issues relating to computed tomography screening programs for lung cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jul;96(1):357-60. PubMed PMID: 23816098
  • Mitchell JD. Invited commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jul;96(1):292. PubMed PMID: 23816076
  • Varghese TK Jr, Hofstetter WL, Rizk NP, Low DE, Darling GE, Watson TJ, Mitchell JD, Krasna MJ. The society of thoracic surgeons guidelines on the diagnosis and staging of patients with esophageal cancer. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jul;96(1):346-56. PubMed PMID: 23752201
  • Mitchell JD, Krasna MJ. The society of thoracic surgeons esophageal cancer guideline series. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jul;96(1):7. PubMed PMID: 23743064
  • Wood DE, Mitchell JD, Schmitz DS, Grondin SC, Ikonomidis JS, Bakaeen FG, Merritt RE, Meyer DM, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Reece TB, Smith MA. Choosing wisely: cardiothoracic surgeons partnering with patients to make good health care decisions. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Mar;95(3):1130-5. PubMed PMID: 23434251
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Professional Memberships

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Member
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Member
  • Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
  • Colorado Thoracic Society, Member
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Member
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow
  • Southwest Oncology Group, Member
  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
  • Denver Academy of Surgery, Member
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member
  • General Thoracic Surgical Club, Member
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Member
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Member

Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

National Jewish Health
1400 Jackson St
Denver, CO 80206
1-877-225-5654

UCHealth Thoracic Surgery - Anschutz Medical Campus
1665 Aurora Court
Anschutz Cancer Pavilion, 2nd Floor
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-2799

CU Specialty Care at Highlands Ranch - Thoracic Surgery
1500 Park Central Drive, Suite 101
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
720-516-1093

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • National Jewish Health
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
Center Affiliations

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Surgery, Board Certification (1995, 2015)
  • Thoracic and Cardiac, Board Certification (1998, 2016)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Cancers - Lung Cancer
  • Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery - Robotic Surgery
  • Cancers - Cancer Surgery
  • Cancers - Thoracic (Tracheal, Esophageal)
  • Surgery - Adult General Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery - Infectious Lung Disease
  • Surgery - Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery - Lung Transplant Surgery
  • Surgery - Transplant Surgery
  • Cancers
  • Surgery
Clinical Interests
I am interested in lung cancer, esophageal surgery, airway surgery, lung transplantation, mediastinal disease, surgery for hyperhidrosis, robotic thoracic surgery, and advanced thoracoscopic surgery including VATS lobectomy/segmentectomy.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School (1987)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1983)
Internships:
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program (1988)
Residency Programs:
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Thoracic and Cardiac (1996)
  • Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program, Chief Resident, Congenital Cardiac Surgery (1996)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Program, Surgery (1994)
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Languages: English
Department: Surgery-Cardiothoracic
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