Ron Benson Mitchell, MD Division Director at Children's Health Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center
UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health
Ear, nose and throat disorders and their causes can be as individual as the children that they affect. But no matter if the condition is common or complex, it can impact hearing, learning, speech and sleep, as well as development. Specialized, multidisciplinary care is required to provide the most appropriate and effective care for each child.
Dr. Ron Mitchell is drawn to the challenges of clinical care in pediatric otolaryngology. He is the director of the Division of Ear, Nose and Throat at Children's Health℠, the largest group of pediatric otolaryngologists in North Texas.
“We practice in four locations and have a large number of multidisciplinary clinics dealing with airway, sleep, allergy, sinus, hearing loss and thyroid disorders,” he says.
In his day-to-day practice, Dr. Mitchell and his colleagues work to help enhance the functions in children that are essential to life: hearing, breathing and swallowing.
“Providing children and families with the best possible care and working with a team of people who are totally dedicated to making life for children better is affirming,” he says.
Dr. Mitchell has a special research interest in sleep disorders in children, which can impact their development and behavior. He leads the Children’s Health℠ Sleep Disorders Center, a nationally recognized center for identifying and treating a wide range of conditions that affect children’s sleep.
“Sleep disorders are known to have a dramatic effect on the quality of life of children and their caregivers,” says Dr. Mitchell. “Yet this is an obscure area for most health care providers who treat children, partly because sleep disorders can present differently from infancy through adolescence.”
Dr. Mitchell is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Southampton in England. He trained in general surgery, leading to a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and in otolaryngology in London. He completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Mitchell is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is the William Beckner Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology, chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and professor of and vice chairman of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, with research interests in pediatric airway obstructions and pediatric otolaryngology.
Dr. Mitchell is a father of five. Outside of his practice, he enjoys reading, travel and sports.
Education and Training
Medical SchoolUniversity of Southampton (1987)
InternshipUniversity of Southampton (1988), General Surgery
ResidencyRoyal College of Surgeons of Ireland (1999), Otolaryngology
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1992), General Surgery
FellowshipLe Bonheur Childrens Medical Center - GME (1996), Pediatric Otolaryngology
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Conditions & Treatments
Awards & Honors
William Beckner, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology