Last Updated: Apr 19, 2023
Edith P. Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP, board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, was named the recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) 2023 Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Mitchell is a professor and program leader at Thomas Jefferson University, associate director for diversity programs, and director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities for the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health.
Her achievements in medicine span decades and she has been recognized with awards such as National Cancer Care Physician of the Year Award and the Women in Medicine Research Award from the National Medical Association. She also served 20 years in the United States Air Force where she became the first African American female physician to become a Brigadier General.
At Jefferson Health, she conducts pancreatic cancer research and development of new therapies and in 2016, she was selected as one of 28 cancer experts for Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative and in 2020 was appointed to the President’s Cancer Panel where she is finishing her three-year term.
PAMED’s Distinguished Service Award is considered the highest honor a member can receive from PAMED. Its first recipient in 1956 was Jonas E. Salk, M.D., who was recognized for his achievements in developing the anti-polio vaccine. Dr. Mitchell will be presented the award in October 2023 at PAMED’s Annual Meeting.