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S. Mitch Heiner

S. Mitch Heiner, MD

  • About Me

    I’m originally from Ogden, UT. I’ve been married 10 years and have an 18-month-old little girl (as of 9/2020), my wife and daughter are the top priorities in my life. We regularly hike, cook, swim, and watch movies together. I grew up mountain biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter and worked as a bike mechanic at a local bike shop in High School. I served a 2-year mission for my church in and around Hiroshima, Japan after graduating high school and attended Utah State University after coming home. I love cooking, reading (major sci-fi/fantasy novel guy here), mountain biking, cinema (yes…. cinema, I know it’s pretentious) and I have a fairly extensive, but modest, sneaker collection. My favorite band of all time is The White Stripes and my favorite album of all time is License to Ill by The Beastie Boys. If I wasn’t in medicine, I would be a traveling film critic living in a van with my wife and daughter spending our evenings working in a food truck, slinging street tacos (or maybe pizza) and fixing up bikes.

    Medical Areas of Interest

    I minored in Philosophy in college so I’m interested in medical ethics. I’m also interested in wellness and physician burn-out, specifically in mitigating burn-out and maximizing wellness.

    Interests & Hobbies

    Mountain biking, cooking, cinema (had to mention it again), sneakers, 90’s hip-hop, science fiction

    Why Utah?

    #1 Location, location, location…. 20 min drive to world class ski resorts (from SLC area), thousands of mountain bike/hiking trails, actual mountains in your back yard, and 5 amazing National Parks just a few hours south. #2 Excellent surgical training with early exposure to robotics and open procedures. Appropriate and confidence inspiring autonomy from the get-go with supportive/approachable faculty to supervise when needed. #3 The best co-residents you could hope for. Supportive and diverse group of residents with a culture of collaboration, friendship, professionalism, and humor. There is no sense of competition and everyone looks out for one another. I noticed this culture on my Sub-I as a medical student and can attest that it is still alive and well.