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Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology and Associate Director for Diversity Programs, Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. In 1973, while attending medical school, Dr. Mitchell entered the Air Force and received a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She entered active duty after completion of her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University.

General Mitchell has been awarded over fifteen military service medals and ribbons including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement and Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal, and Humanitarian Service Medal. Dr. Mitchell was selected for inclusion in America's Top Oncologists.

Dr. Mitchell is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, Aerospace Medical Association, Association of Military Surgeons, and the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania. She also belongs to the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, and the Philadelphia Society of Medicine.

Dr. Mitchell's research in pancreatic cancer and other GI 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. Dr. Mitchell travels nationally and internationally teaching and lecturing on the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies.

Dr. Mitchell has authored and co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and abstracts on cancer treatment, prevention, and cancer control. As a distinguished researcher, she has received 21 Cancer Research and Principal Investigator Awards, and serves on the National Cancer Institute Review Panel and the Cancer Investigations Review Committee.

Dr. Mitchell received a B.S. in biochemistry "with distinction" from Tennessee State University and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.


This Forum presentation provides an overview of the historical impact of the Medicare with emphasis on key milestones related to reducing health disparities. Recent challenges related to ACA are also discussed.


  • Review the history of legislation leading to development of the Medicare program in the U.S
  • Delineate key Medicare milestones
  • Identify recent changes in Medicare
  • Define the impact on disparities and quality of care

Presentation: 47:48

Note: PowerPoint slides are at bottom of page

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PowerPoint slide deck