Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.
Tedd L. Mitchell became the eighth president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on May 17, 2010. As its longest serving president, Mitchell has successfully led a period of record growth in enrollment, academic excellence, and physical expansion on all campuses. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center now graduates more health care professionals than any other health related institution in Texas.
Dr. Mitchell has launched initiatives for interprofessional concentration around the university’s five schools – Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy – and promoted programs to support novel research and creative endeavors such as the Department of Public Health which will eventually become the School of Public Health. Under his leadership, the university remains financially strong while maintaining low tuition rates.
Dr. Mitchell is an Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1987. After graduation he pursued training in Internal Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Mitchell was honored as a distinguished alumnus of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of 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).
Prior to coming to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Mitchell served as president and chief executive officer of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, an internationally recognized center of excellence in preventive and sports medicine.
Dr. Mitchell is a member of the faculty. His research interest is focused on the effects of activity and life style on health, and he has authored or co-authored dozens of scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters. He is a frequent lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on the physiology of exercise and the effects of exercise on aging, fitness, and overall quality of life.
As health editor and a weekly columnist for USA Weekend from 1998 to 2010, Dr. Mitchell published more than 600 articles. He received the 2006 Clarion Award and the 2008 Walter C. Alvarez Award for Excellence in Medical Communication from the American Medical Writers Association. His writings led to collaborative efforts with other health experts, culminating in the publication of the books Fit to Lead (2004 St. Martin’s press), Move Yourself (2008 Wiley Press) and Fit to Lead 2 (2012).
In 2002, Dr. Mitchell was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports and served until 2009. During his term, he was engaged in efforts that changed the President’s test from one that was fitness based to one that is health based.
Dr. Mitchell is married to Dr. Janet Tornelli-Mitchell. They met while in medical school and practiced together for nearly two decades. The Mitchells have three children, Katherine, an assistant district attorney in Dallas, Charlie, a petroleum engineer in Houston, and Chris, an undergraduate student at Texas Tech University.