Dr. John Mitchell, MD

Dr. John Mitchell was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He attended Erasmus Hall High. Upon graduation he went to Cornell University and majored in biological sciences and minored in African American studies and creative writing

He attended the Weill Cornell Medical College and completed a residency in ophthalmology at Harlem Hospital Center and a fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. John has been on twenty-two humanitarian trips to Haiti, and recently added three medical missions to Venezuela and two to the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Mitchell’s research interests are focused on studying Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty vs. Medical Treatment in African Americans.  He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York. He practices comprehensive and neuro-ophthalmology in the heart of Harlem.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Mitchell has a passion for playwriting and novels. His play “Map Boule: Love In Time of War” was read on the “A List” at the 2011 National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, N.C. His recent play “A Few Brave Men” about the Black Marines of Montford Point and four jazz musicians from Harlem, was accepted for the 2013 National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem. He is writing a novel and feature film of the same title.

  • Columbia Presbyterian-College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Harlem Hospital
  • Lenox Hill Hospital