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

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


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.

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Hastings, Susan N., and Mitchell T. Heflin. “A systematic review of interventions to improve outcomes for elders discharged from the emergency department.” Acad Emerg Med 12, no. 10 (October 2005): 978–86.

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Dyer, E., and M. T. Heflin. “Osteoarthritis: Its course in older patients and current treatment methods.” Clinical Geriatrics 13, no. 7 (July 1, 2005).


Cook, Jonathan, Neil Prose, and Mitchell Heflin. “Dermatologic surgery in geriatric patients: psychosocial considerations and perioperative decision-making.” Dermatol Surg 29, no. 9 (September 2003): 1994.


Heflin, Mitchell T., Eugene Z. Oddone, Carl F. Pieper, Bruce M. Burchett, and Harvey Jay Cohen. “The effect of comorbid illness on receipt of cancer screening by older people.” J Am Geriatr Soc 50, no. 10 (October 2002): 1651–58.

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