Robert J. Mitchell
Robert J. Mitchell, M.D., FACOG
Director of Community Disaster Medicine
A Philadelphia, PA native, Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree from Philadelphia’s noted Jefferson Medical College in 1979. He completed his Ob/Gyn residency at the Lankenau Medical Center, eventually settling in our nearby Edmonds in 1984 where he went on to shepherd over 3500 babies safely into the world. Choosing to retire in 2002 from delivering babies, Dr. Mitchell embarked on a very different path just a few months later, a journey seemingly ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel, training extensively in aspects of weapons of mass destruction and disaster response planning. He now serves his community as the Medical Director of the Disaster Medicine Project, a local non-profit service organization dedicated to community disaster-resilience building. In 2016 he was appointed the Director of Community Disaster Medicine for Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, an affiliated fellowship of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where he is an adjunct professor focusing on post-graduate Disaster Medicine physicians at the “ground” level. He devotes all his time to strengthening community resilience through innovative collaborative relationship-building, education, training and rapid response team recruitment.