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

Dyrbye, Liselotte, Annabelle Cumyn, Hollis Day, and Mitchell Heflin. “A qualitative study of physicians' experiences with online learning in a masters degree program: benefits, challenges, and proposed solutions.” Medical Teacher 31, no. 2 (February 2009): e40–46. https://doi.org/10.1080/01421590802366129.

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19330663
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Heflin, Mitchell T. “One size does not fit all: geriatric health maintenance in the 21st century.” N C Med J 69, no. 5 (September 2008): 377–82.

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19006930
Scholars@Duke

Hendrix, C. C., M. T. Heflin, J. Twersky, C. Knight, J. Payne, J. Y. Bradford, and K. E. Schmader. “Post-hospital clinic for older patients and their family caregivers.” Annals of Long Term Care 16, no. 5 (May 1, 2008): 20–24.

Scholars@Duke

Pinheiro, Sandro O., and Mitchell T. Heflin. “The geriatrics excellence in teaching series: an integrated educational skills curriculum for faculty and fellows development.” J Am Geriatr Soc 56, no. 4 (April 2008): 750–56. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01640.x.

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18312312
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Heflin, M. T., and H. Lum. “Overview of aging.” In Garner and Klintworth’s Pathobiology of Ocular Disease, Third Edition, 361–70, 2008.

Scholars@Duke

Williams, Brent C., Valerie Weber, Stewart F. Babbott, Lynne M. Kirk, Mitchell T. Heflin, Elizabeth O’toole, Marilyn M. Schapira, et al. “Faculty development for the 21st century: lessons from the Society of General Internal Medicine-Hartford Collaborative Centers for the Care of Older Adults.” J Am Geriatr Soc 55, no. 6 (June 2007): 941–47. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01197.x.

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17537098
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Heflin, Mitchell T., Kathryn I. Pollak, Maragatha N. Kuchibhatla, Laurence G. Branch, and Eugene Z. Oddone. “The impact of health status on physicians' intentions to offer cancer screening to older women.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 61, no. 8 (August 2006): 844–50. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/61.8.844.

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16912103
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