Joyce A. Mitchell, PhD


This endowment to celebrate Dr. Mitchell’s legacy will be used primarily to fund student scholarships for areas with the greatest need. During the first year of funding the endowment will benefit post-doctoral students in the Division of Clinical Informatics. In the event that the required amount to fund the endowment ($25,000 total) is not secured by December 31, 2014, all gifts in support of this endowment will be placed in biomedical informatics’ general account to be used for annual scholarships and fellowships.

Joyce A. Mitchell, PhD

Joyce MitchellDr. Joyce Mitchell came to the University of Utah in 2005 to serve as the department chair for Biomedical Informatics. Since coming to the University, Dr. Mitchell has been instrumental in creating a robust program in which she has hired 18 faculty members across all ranks and tracks of medicine and biomedical informatics. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Mitchell has:

  • Revamped the curriculum across all biomedical informatics courses;
  • Created an inter-professional education/research program in conjunction with the Nursing Informatics Program and College of Nursing;
  • Developed a curriculum thread in the revised School of Medicine curriculum focusing on biomedical informatics and information concepts and competencies;
  • And developed a program for inclusion, mentoring, and funding for the Biomedical Informatics graduate program, which included a partnership with the University of Texas, Brownsville.

Dr. Mitchell has worn many hats in her tenure at the University of Utah. Not only has she served as department chair, but she has also served as Associate Vice President for Health Sciences IT (2007-12) and director of the Biomedical Informatics Core for the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS). She has served as president of the American College of Medical Informatics, chair of the Board of Regents, National Library of Medicine (NLM), and member of the NIH Council of Councils.

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