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Richard Mitchell

Rick Mitchell is the Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, member of the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Faculty, and a staff pathologist and Vice Chair for Education at Brigham and Women's Hospital, specializing in cardiovascular and autopsy pathology.

Teaching and Administrative: Rick has been the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) at Harvard Medical School for over two decades.  He teaches in several venues at Harvard Medical School and materially contributes to several medical textbooks and educational materials. He is Director of the Human Pathology core course in HST; in addition, he regularly participates with both lectures and laboratory teaching in other HST courses including immunology, anatomy, and cardiovascular pathophysiology. He has been recognized with six teaching awards during his tenure at Harvard Medical School, both within HST and more broadly within the medical school, and is the recipient of the Robbins Distinguished Educator Award from the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP) in 2013.

As the Associate Director of the HST program at Harvard Medical School, Rick has primary responsibility for its educational mission, as well as the mentoring and advising of its MD, MD/PhD, and PhD students, numbering roughly 300 at any given time. On the national level, he is a past-Programming Chair and a past-President of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, as well as a past-Chair of the Education Committee, and is the current Chair of Programming for the ASIP. Rick developed and directed the annual ASIP Summer Academy, teaching fundamentals of acute and chronic inflammation and wound healing to graduate students, fellows, junior and senior faculty, and scientists in industry. He is one of the original organizers of the annual ASIP stand-alone meeting Pathobiology for Investigators, Students, and Academicians (PISA)

Research: In addition to ongoing collaborations in stem cell biology and imaging with a number of BWH cardiologists, Rick conducts research at the interface of immunology and vascular cell biology, focusing on the mechanisms underlying acute and chronic rejection in solid organ allografts, with specific emphasis on heart transplantation.

Personal: Rick is married to Diane Mitchell, a stellar nurse practitioner in a college health center, and has two grown kids (Matt, science teacher, and Becky, law student), plus two furry children (golden retrievers, Sierra and Dallas). He loves baseball, and is a rabid Red Sox fan. When not hunched over a keyboard, he enjoys coaching baseball and doing home improvement projects involving loud, powerful tools.