Areas of Expertise:
- Internal medicine
- Sports medicine
Undergraduate: Stephen F. Austin State University, 1983
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch, 1987
Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities
Chief Medical Resident, University of Texas Medical Branch
Board certified in internal medicine
Sub-specialty certified in sports medicine
Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine
2006 recipient of the Clarion Award
2008 recipient of the Walter C. Alvarez Award for Excellence in Medical Communication
Served on the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports (appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush)
Member, Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine, 2007
Dr. Tedd L. Mitchell is the eighth President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, with campuses in Lubbock, El Paso, Dallas, Amarillo, Abilene, Midland and the Permian Basin. Prior to his current appointment, Mitchell served as president and chief executive officer of Cooper Clinic in Dallas and McKinney, an internationally recognized center of excellence in preventive medicine.
He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1983. During this time he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa national junior college honor fraternity as well as the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemical honor society. He was also selected as the outstanding senior of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Mitchell attended medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch from 1983-1987, during which time he was selected for “Who’s Who” Among American Colleges and Universities. He enjoyed leadership roles while in medical school, serving as class president both his junior and senior years. After graduation he pursued training in internal medicine, and upon completion of his residency remained to serve as the Chief Medical Resident for the University of Texas Medical Branch. Mitchell is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He also holds fellowship status with the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine. From 1988 to 1996, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves (Medical Corps).
Mitchell served as the Medical Director for The Cooper Wellness Program from 1991 until 2005. During this time he also worked full time as a staff physician at the Cooper Clinic. In addition to clinical work, he participated in numerous studies looking at the effects of activity and life style on health, authoring or co-authoring dozens of research papers and abstracts. He also lectured often to both lay and scientific groups, fulfilling a long standing interest he has had in teaching.
He is the contributing health editor and a weekly columnist for USA Weekend. For his writings he has received national recognition, including the 2006 Clarion Award as well as the 2008 Walter C. Alvarez Award, for Excellence in Medical Communication (presented to him by the American Medical Writers Association). Mitchell’s love of writing has led to collaborative efforts with other health experts, culminating in the publication of the books Fit to Lead (2004 St. Martin’s press) and Move Yourself (2008 Wiley Press).
He also has enjoyed a role in developing public policy regarding health and fitness by serving on the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports (to which he was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush) as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine in 2007.
Mitchell is married to Dr. Janet Tornelli-Mitchell. They met while in medical school, and have worked together since. They have three children, Katherine, Charlie and Chris.