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Paul R. Mitchell, M.D.

Paul R. Mitchell, MDPaul R. Mitchell was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst in 1966, and graduated from the George Washington University Medical School in Washington, DC in 1970.

He completed his surgical internship at the Dartmouth Medical School/Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH in 1971. This was followed by two years in the U.S. Public Health Service in Claremore, OK. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 1976. His Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology was completed in 1977 at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC with Dr. Marshall M. Parks.  Dr. Mitchell then joined Children’s Eye Care, PC in Hartford, CT. He was a Senior Attending Surgeon at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and at the Hartford Hospital. He was Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery (Ophthalmology) and Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center and served on the staff of 6 area hospitals where he evaluated premature infants for Retinopathy of Prematurity.

Every year of his practice he has been selected by his peers in Castle Connolly “The Best Doctors in America” listing. This listing is based on an exhaustive survey in which more than 35,000 doctors throughout the United States were asked to rate the clinical and surgical abilities of the doctors in their areas of specialization. For this reason, inclusion in the “Best Doctors in America” is a singular honor.

Dr. Mitchell is an active member in numerous medical and ophthalmologic societies, including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New England Ophthalmological Society, the International Strabismological Association, and the American Medical Writers Association. He was elected to the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society in 1998, and is the only ophthalmologist in active practice in Alabama in ophthalmology who is a member of this society.

Since 1979, Dr. Mitchell has been an editor and contributor to Duane’s Clinical Ophthalmology, a comprehensive nine-volume ophthalmology reference text used by ophthalmologists world-wide. He has contributed to numerous ophthalmology publications and book chapters, and as a medical illustrator, has published several hundred drawings of various eye disorders and surgical procedures. As a volunteer, he has devoted over 30 years to the American School for the Deaf and the Oak Hill School for the Blind, in Hartford, CT.

Dr, Mitchell’s special interests include all pediatric eye problems, especially surgery for abnormal head postures (head tilt), nystagmus, or fluttering of the eyes, and surgery for various pediatric and adult eye muscle disorders (Strabismus).

Dr. Mitchell presently resides with his wife of fifty years, has three children and nine grandchildren.

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