Mitchell Tod Heflin, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail 2512 Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7561
Email address hefli001@mc.duke.edu

My research is focused on the issues surrounding decisions to perform cancer screening procedures in older adults. In recent work, we have investigated the impact of comorbid illness on receipt of mammography, clinical breast examination, Pap smear, and fecal occult blood testing. We are also completing work on a nationwide survey of primary care physicians inquiring about their intentions to offer cancer screening tests to older adults, specifically examining the role of health status on this decsion. Future directions of this line of research include: 1) Clinical trials of cancer screening in older adults, 2) The impact of education of providers and patients on rates of receipt of screening, 3) defining patient preferences for screening.
 
I am also intersted in the development of novel educational curricula in geriatrics for all types and levels of providers. Specifically, through my Geriatrics academic Career Award from the Department of Health and Human Services, I hope to examine the efficacy of several new educational programs. At this time, we have developed a comprehensive curriculum in Geriatrics for the medical school, a course in EBM in Geriatrics for fellows and a fellowship rotation entitled "Academic Geriatrics."

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Geriatrics, Medicine, Duke University, 1998 - 2000
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 1994 - 1997
  • M.D., University of Virginia, 1993

Publications

Marwell, JG, Heflin, MT, and McDonald, SR. "Preoperative Screening. (Accepted)" Clinics in geriatric medicine 34, no. 1 (February 2018): 95-105. (Review)

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29129220
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Manning, KM, McNeill, DL, Pinheiro, SO, Heflin, MT, Valencia, WM, Lee, CC, Castle, SC, Katzel, L, Giffuni, J, and Morey, MC. "An innovative educational clinical experience promoting geriatric exercise." Gerontology & geriatrics education (October 13, 2017): 1-12.

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29028419
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DeMeo, S, Heflin, MT, and Nagler, A. "In Reply to van den Broek et al." Academic Medicine 91, no. 12 (December 2016): 1591-1591.

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Yanamadala, M, Criscione-Schreiber, LG, Hawley, J, Heflin, MT, and Shah, BR. "Clinical Quality Improvement Curriculum for Faculty in an Academic Medical Center." American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality 31, no. 2 (March 2016): 125-132.

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25381003
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Heflin, MT, DeMeo, S, Nagler, A, and Hockenberry, MJ. "Health Professions Education Research and the Institutional Review Board." Nurse educator 41, no. 2 (March 2016): 55-59.

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26501395
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Heflin, MT. "Surviving the Silver Tsunami: Training a Health Care Workforce to Care for North Carolina's Aging Population." North Carolina medical journal 77, no. 2 (March 2016): 102-106.

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26961830
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McDonald, SR, and Heflin, MT. "Update on preoperative assessment for geriatric patients prior to elective surgery." Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.) 37, no. 2 (March 2016): 160-162.

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27489893
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Yanamadala, M, Kaprielian, VS, O'Connor Grochowski, C, Reed, T, and Heflin, MT. "A problem-based learning curriculum in geriatrics for medical students." Gerontology & geriatrics education (February 24, 2016): 1-10.

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26909895
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DeMeo, SD, Nagler, A, and Heflin, MT. "Development of a Health Professions Education Research-Specific Institutional Review Board Template." Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 91, no. 2 (February 2016): 229-232. (Review)

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26535863
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Wingfield, SA, and Heflin, MT. "Cancer Screening in Older Adults." Clinics in geriatric medicine 32, no. 1 (February 2016): 17-33. (Review)

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26614858
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