Practice Locations

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


John D. Mitchell, MD

Thoracic and Cardiac

Board Certified


Practice Locations

UCHealth Thoracic Surgery - Anschutz Medical Campus
1665 Aurora Court, Anschutz Cancer Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Aurora, CO 80045


UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045


CU Medicine Thoracic Surgery
Highlands Ranch Specialty Care Center
1500 Park Central Drive Suite 101, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129


UCHealth Surgical Care - Highlands Ranch Hospital
1500 Park Central Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80129


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

I am interested in lung cancer, esophageal surgery, airway surgery, lung transplantation, mediastinal disease, surgery for hyperhidrosis, robotic thoracic surgery, and advanced thoracoscopic surgery including VATS lobectomy/segmentectomy.


  • Surgery ( 1995 , 2015 )
  • Thoracic and Cardiac ( 1998 , 2016 )

Conditions & Treatments

  • Surgery

    Adult General Thoracic, Cardiothoracic, Infectious Lung Disease, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive Thoracic, Robotic, Transplant

  • Cancers

    Cancer Surgery, Lung Cancer, Thoracic (Tracheal, Esophageal)

Ratings & Reviews
4.9 out of 5 (20 ratings, 6 comments)

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, University of Michigan Medical School (1987)

Undergraduate Schools

BA, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1983)


Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program (1988)

Residency Program

Massachusetts General Hospital Program (1994)

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program (1996)

Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School Program (1996)

Professional Memberships

American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Member

American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow

American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow

American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, Member

American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member

Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member

Colorado Thoracic Society, Member

Denver Academy of Surgery, Member

General Thoracic Surgical Club, Member

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Member

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Member

Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member

Southwest Oncology Group, Member

Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Member

Research & Grants


Molecular Epidemiology Case-Series Study of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer in Smoking and Non-Smoking Women and Men. (2006)

Review of Anatomic Lung Resection for Environmental Mycobacterial Disease (2006)

A Multi-center, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo controlled, Phase 3 Study of Single-agent Tarceva (erlotinib) Following Complete Tumor Resection with or without Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Stage IB-IIIA Non-small Cell Lung Carcinoma (2007)

Outcomes for VATS biopsy patients to diagnose ILD (2007)

Comparison of Biomarker Modulation By Inhibition of EGFR and/or SRC Family Kinases Using Erlotinib and Dasatinib in Head and Neck and Lung Cancers (2008)

A Phase II Study of Neoadjuvant Therapy with Cisplatin, Docetaxel, Panitumumab Plus Radiation Therapy Followed by Surgery in Patients with Locally Advanced Adenocarcinoma of the Distal Esophagus (2008)

A Phase III Randomized Trial of Lobectomy Versus Sublobar Resection for Small (2 cm or less) Peripheral Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (2008)

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone

(303) 724-2799

Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

I am interested in thoracic oncology, diseases and surgery of the airway, lung transplantation, advanced thoracoscopic surgery, mediastinal surgery, surgery for infectious lung disease, and esophageal surgery.