Ron Mitchell, M.D., specializes in caring for children with a wide range of conditions related to ear, nose and throat—from complex sleep conditions and snoring to hearing loss and swallowing issues. He strives to ensure children have the comprehensive care they need from a team of pediatric specialists.
“I enjoy working with children,” Dr. Mitchell says, “and I think otolaryngology is a fascinating specialty. You’re dealing with some of the most significant disorders that affect children, including hearing and speech, breathing and swallowing.”
At Children’s Health, Dr. Mitchell serves as Director of the Ear, Nose and Throat division, focusing on the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, which can affect a child’s behavior, sleep, health and overall quality of life.
“Over the last 10 years, the pediatric community has increasingly recognized that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is not just a disorder of adults, but also affects a significant number of children,” Dr. Mitchell says.
Dr. Mitchell has developed multidisciplinary clinics where many different specialists can see a child on the same day. These clinics bring together otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists and other specialists to offer expertise and multi-specialty care coordination under one roof. “When specialists cross traditional medical boundaries and work together to develop comprehensive care plans focused on every component of a child’s well-being, we see patient outcomes improve, patient engagement increases and the patient and family experience is more satisfying.”
“Ten percent of children really need a different approach to care,” Dr. Mitchell says. “I think Children’s Health is pioneering that approach in North Texas.” Dr. Mitchell is committed to offering comprehensive care that maximizes convenience for families.
Dr. Mitchell is also Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Professor and Vice Chairman of Otolaryngology, and the William Beckner, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology at UT Southwestern.
Dr. Mitchell graduated from medical school at the University of Southampton in England and completed general surgery training, including a fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and in otolaryngology in London (FRCS – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery). He also completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, TN. In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Mitchell is a fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Much of Dr. Mitchell’s research has made headlines, including his finding that surgery generally improves the quality of life for children with obstructive sleep apnea. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles, as well as many book chapters and three books on pediatric otolaryngology.
As an expert in otolaryngology, he edits four otolaryngology journals and serves as a peer reviewer for an additional eleven journals. He is a requested lecturer across the country and internationally and presents on pediatric otolaryngology and associated conditions. He is actively involved in national associations including serving as a leader and chair of multiple committees within the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
In 2008, Dr. Mitchell received the prestigious Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in recognition of his many volunteer contributions. From 2007 through 2012, Dr. Mitchell was selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America.
In his free time, Dr. Mitchell enjoys spending time with his family, including his five children.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of Southampton (1987)
- University of Southampton (1988), General Surgery
- Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (1999), Otolaryngology
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1992), General Surgery
- Le Bonheur Childrens Medical Center - GME (1996), Pediatric Otolaryngology
- Board Certification
- American Board of Otolaryngology
Treatments and Services
Departments and Programs
- Primary Investigator for UTSW/Children’s Medical Center Dallas NIH funded Grant: Impact of Treatment of Mild Sleep-Disordered Breathing (Abbreviated title: Pediatric Adenotonsillectomy for Snoring; PATS) 2016-2021
- Very Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: Outcomes of Adenotonsillectomy and Risk Factors for Persistence. Isaiah A, Hamdan H, Johnson RF, Naqvi K, Mitchell RB. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jul;157(1):128-134. doi:10.1177/0194599817700370. PMID: 28397574
- Anesthesia Exposure and Neurotoxicity in Children-Understanding the FDA Warning and Implications for the Otolaryngologist. Grover LA, Mitchell RB, Szmuk P. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Nov 1;143(11):1071-1072. PMID: 28910434
- Management of obstructive sleep apnea in children: A practical approach. Pereira KD, Jon CK, Szmuk P, Lazar RH, Mitchell RB. Ear Nose Throat J. 2016 Jul;95(7):E14-22. PMID: 27434480
- Effect of Adenotonsillectomy on Parent-Reported Sleepiness in Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Paruthi S, Buchanan P, Weng J, Chervin RD, Mitchell RB, Dore-Stites D, Sadhwani A, Katz ES, Bent J, Rosen CL, Redline S, Marcus CL. Sleep. 2016 Nov 1;39(11):2005-2012. PMID:27568804
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Differences between Normal-Weight, Overweight, Obese, and Morbidly Obese Children. Scott B, Johnson RF, Mitchell RB. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 May;154(5):936-43. PMID:26980917
- The Use of Clinical Parameters to Predict Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Severity in Children: The Childhood Adenotonsillectomy (CHAT) Study Randomized Clinical Trial. Mitchell RB, Garetz S, Moore RH, Rosen CL, Marcus CL, Katz ES, Arens R, Chervin RD, Paruthi S, Amin R, Elden L, Ellenberg SS, Redline S. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Feb 1;141(2):130-6. PMID: 25474490
Shah G. and Mitchell RB. "Pediatric Sleep Apnea". Pediatric Otolaryngology section of Paparella International Textbook of Otolaryngologic Principles and Practice. Chief-editors: Michael Paparella (MN-USA), Sady Seylamen daCosta (RS-Brasil) and Bhuvanesh Singh (NY-USA). Published by Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, Philadelphia, PA. 2014
Ron B Mitchell, Kevin D Pereira Ed. Pediatric Otolaryngology for the Clinician. Springer Science + Business Media, 2009. Book was one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the Springer eBook Collection in 2012 and one of the top 50% most downloaded eBooks in the Springer eBook Collection in 2014, 2015, 2016
Awards and Honors
- D Magazine
- Best Doctors and Pediatric Specialist in Dallas (2018)
- William Beckner, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Otolaryngology
- D Magazine