Professor of Public Policy
3520 Prospect Street, NW, Room 423
Washington, DC 20007
Jean M. Mitchell, PhD, is an economist and professor in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise are health economics, health services research, and applied econometrics. Dr. Mitchell has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles in leading economics, health services research, and medical journals on a range of topics including the effects of physician self-referral arrangements, managed care insurance arrangements, and physicians’ responses to Medicare fee reductions. In the early 1990s, Dr. Mitchell was the principal researcher of a large-scale study to evaluate the impact of physician self-referral arrangements on use of services, costs, access, and quality of health care in Florida, which was mandated and funded by the Florida legislature. More recently, Dr. Mitchell was awarded a federally funded, multi-year grant to examine financial incentives related to physician ownership of specialty hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers and whether those incentives result in more intensive treatments and better patient outcomes. She is evaluating the effect of physician self-referral on use of anatomic pathology services for prostate, bladder and, gastrointestinal biopsies and self-referral on the use of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). She received her PhD degree in economics from Vanderbilt University.