Mitchell Tod Heflin, MD

Professor of Medicine
Professor in the School of Nursing
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail 2513 Hosp South, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-1609
Email address hefli001@mc.duke.edu

I am currently a Professor with Tenure in the Department of Medicine, a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC).  My career as a leader in Geriatrics has focused on development, deployment and evaluation of education programs aimed at health professions learners from a variety of disciplines and introduction of innovative models of care with a specific emphasis on community-based and perioperative care of frail older adults.   I served as Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director for 11 years and, over the same span, directed HRSA funded Geriatrics Education Programs at Duke, including our Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) In that role, I worked with colleagues and community partners to provide IP educational programs in geriatrics and care redesign in primary care practices to improve care for older adults.  Concurrently, I also led the implementation of the Duke Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) program and co-directed the VA OAA funded Specialty Care Education Center of Excellence for the VA POSH Program.  In my current role as Associate Dean and Director of the IPEC Center, I am working with educators and clinicians from across the Health System in the design and implementation of educational program aimed at improving our ability to use interprofessional collaborative practice to deliver safe, effective, person-centered care.

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

Yanamadala, Mamata, Darryl Wieland, and Mitchell T. Heflin. “Educational interventions to improve recognition of delirium: a systematic review.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 61, no. 11 (November 2013): 1983–93. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.12522.

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24219200
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White, Heidi K., Gwendolen Buhr, Eleanor McConnell, Robert J. Sullivan, Jack Twersky, Cathleen Colon-Emeric, Mitchell Heflin, et al. “An advanced course in long term care for geriatric medicine fellows.” J Am Med Dir Assoc 14, no. 7 (July 2013): 499–506. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2013.02.012.

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Downey, Christine L., Mitchell Heflin, Eleanor McConnell, Lauren L. Patton, and Hamid Afshari. “The tipping point: prolonged hospital course as a result of dental infection in a nonagenarian.” J Am Geriatr Soc 61, no. 3 (March 2013): 472–73. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.12136.

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23496191
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Cohen, Rachel-Rose, Sandhya A. Lagoo-Deenadayalan, Mitchell T. Heflin, Richard Sloane, Irvin Eisen, Julie M. Thacker, and Heather E. Whitson. “Exploring predictors of complication in older surgical patients: a deficit accumulation index and the Braden Scale.” J Am Geriatr Soc 60, no. 9 (September 2012): 1609–15. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04109.x.

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22906222
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Heflin, Mitchell T., Elizabeth J. Bragg, Helen Fernandez, Colleen Christmas, Dan Osterweil, Karen Sauvigné, Gregg Warshaw, et al. “The Donald W. Reynolds Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatrics Education (FD~AGE): a model for dissemination of subspecialty educational expertise.” Acad Med 87, no. 5 (May 2012): 618–26. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0b013e31824d5251.

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22450185
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Horney, Carolyn, Kenneth Schmader, Linda L. Sanders, Mitchell Heflin, Luna Ragsdale, Eleanor McConnell, Michael Hocker, and S Nicole Hastings. “Health care utilization before and after an outpatient ED visit in older people.” Am J Emerg Med 30, no. 1 (January 2012): 135–42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2010.10.036.

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21216555
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Yanamadala, Mamata, Mitchell T. Heflin, Heidi K. White, and Gwendolen T. Buhr. “Ensuring vitamin D supplementation in nursing home patients--a quality improvement project.” J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr 31, no. 2 (2012): 158–71. https://doi.org/10.1080/21551197.2012.678240.

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22607104
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Naeim, A., A. Hurria, A. Rao, H. Cohen, M. Heflin, and P. Seo. “The need for an aging and cancer curriculum for hematology/oncology trainees.” Journal of Geriatric Oncology 1, no. 2 (October 1, 2010): 109–13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2010.08.004.

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Alford, C., M. Dever-Bumba, C. Fitzpatrick, M. Heflin, C. Herman, C. Hinners, M. Hosokawa, et al. “Erratum: The national evaluation of senior mentor programs: Older adults in medical education (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2009) 57 (321-326)).” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 57, no. 7 (July 1, 2009): 1325. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02428.x.

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Heflin, Mitchell T., Sandro Pinheiro, Catherine P. Kaminetzky, and Diana McNeill. “'So you want to be a clinician-educator...': designing a clinician-educator curriculum for internal medicine residents.” Med Teach 31, no. 6 (June 2009): e233–40. https://doi.org/10.1080/01421590802516772.

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19296370
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