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Pontotoc doctor to head state medical group

(Justin Lewis, WTVA)
(Justin Lewis, WTVA)
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Updated: 8/27/2013 12:22 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – A Pontotoc man has been selected to help up the organization whose duties include putting more primary care doctors to work in the state's medically needy areas.

UMMC officials announced the appointment of Dr. John R. Mitchell as the new director of the Mississippi Office of Physician Workforce.

Mitchell, a family physician, hospitalist with North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc and faculty member with the center’s Family Medicine Residency Program, takes over from workforce interim director Dr. Diane Beebe, professor and chair of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Family Medicine.

A veteran of the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and the Mississippi Army National Guard, Mitchell is a board-certified specialist of the American Board of Family Medicine and recently served as chair of the physician workforce’s advisory board.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and the UMMC School of Medicine, he began his medical career as a pharmacist.

The Office of Physician Workforce was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 2012 with the mission to reduce the shortage of primary care doctors in a state with the lowest per capita supply in the nation.

To reach the national average, Mississippi would have to add more than 1,300 primary care physicians, whose specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.

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