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Credentials

Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education
  • B.A, Economics, Pomona College
  • M.D., Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship, Sports Medicine, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute
Honors and Accolades
  • Outstanding African-American Citizenship Award, Father’s House Church
  • Outstanding African-American Citizenship Community Leader, Criterion Organization
Specialty

Treatment of sports-related injuries and disorders as well as arthroscopic surgery

“We spend a lot of hours and take a lot of time away from our families, so the bottom line is you want to get people better, and you want to see the results. It’s not just for the money, because you could make this much money—or more—doing something else.”

Isaac L. Mitchell, M.D.

Isaac L. Mitchell, M.D.

Engineering Orthopaedics

Growing up in Southern California, young Isaac L. Mitchell knew he would be the first person in his family to attend college. But he was not sure about what he would study. “I was like a lot of boys, breaking stuff, trying to put stuff back together,” he remembers. “I thought I wanted to go into engineering.”

During high school, he was given the opportunity to spend extensive time at an aerospace engineering firm. “Seniors could hang out with engineers and see if we liked the field,” Dr. Mitchell explains. “I went and experienced a lot of stuff that was interesting, but didn’t really grab me the way I thought it would. I found that although the generic concept of engineering sounded good, the practical side didn’t excite me.”

As it turned out, face time with orthopaedic surgeons is what ended up shaping his decision to become a physician. As is the case with most athletic boys, growing up, Dr. Mitchell experienced his own share of injuries and ended up spending significant time in the offices of orthopaedic physicians, fascinated by what he saw. Then during college, he had the opportunity to “shadow” a group of orthopaedic surgeons at a local county hospital. He followed them on weekends and evenings, and he even got to see them perform surgeries.

“The opportunity to go into the operating room with the surgeons closed the deal. It was like a light bulb flipped off,” he says. “You got to put stuff back together again and—bingo!—actually help people at the same time—piece them back together or clearly improve their quality of life or activity levels.”

Dr. Mitchell has been hooked on orthopaedics ever since. “In some areas of medicine, you can’t fix the problems—you can just Band-Aid them—whereas in orthopaedics you can actually fix many of the problems. You can see your patient progress and get better and more functional with less pain.”

Even though Dr. Mitchell has trained and practiced in some of the country’s best urban medical institutions, he enjoys being a fixture in UNOVA’s Central Florida community. “I live here, I eat here, I shop here. I’m invested in the community,” he says. “Everywhere I go I see patients I’ve treated. I go to a restaurant and sometimes there are two, three people I’ve worked on at some point.”

That is one of Dr. Mitchell’s greatest satisfactions as a physician—seeing formerly injured, laid-up patients out and about, active in the community. “It’s fulfilling to know you made them significantly better and to see them out doing something highly functional. That’s one of the big reasons why you practice orthopaedics.”

In his spare time, Dr. Mitchell mentors children at Leesburg High School and through the Carver Middle School Mentoring Program. He lives in Leesburg with his wife and two sons. He enjoys playing basketball, cycling, and spending quality time with his family.

Credentials

Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education
  • B.A, Economics, Pomona College
  • M.D., Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship, Sports Medicine, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute
Honors and Accolades
  • Outstanding African-American Citizenship Award, Father’s House Church
  • Outstanding African-American Citizenship Community Leader, Criterion Organization
Specialty

Treatment of sports-related injuries and disorders as well as arthroscopic surgery

“We spend a lot of hours and take a lot of time away from our families, so the bottom line is you want to get people better, and you want to see the results. It’s not just for the money, because you could make this much money—or more—doing something else.”

Isaac L. Mitchell, M.D.

Call (352) 973-4070 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitchell

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