About Mitchell

Mitchell W. Krucoff, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A, F.S.C.A.I. is Professor of Medicine/Cardiology and an Interventional Cardiologist at Duke University Medical Center and is internationally recognized for his pioneering research in several areas including:

  • Complementary therapies in patients with heart disease
  • Computer-assisted heart monitoring
  • New modalities of coronary revascularization

His clinical trials include patients and hospitals in five continents, and he lectures globally on these and related topics. Author of more than 450 publications in the cardiology literature and book chapters in medical texts, Mitchell is Senior Editor of the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine and past Editor-in-Chief of the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. He is co-editor of the book “Integrative Cardiology: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Heart“, McGraw Hill Medical, 2007.

Mitchell is Director of the MANTRA Study Project examining the impact of noetic therapies—including intercessory prayer, music, imagery and touch therapy—on patients with heart disease. He is lead author of the MANTRA pilot study, published in the American Heart Journal in 2001, and of the Phase II MANTRA Study, the first multicenter study of prayer ever reported, published on July 16, 2005, in The Lancet.  His work in this area has received international academic and media attention–including articles in “O, The Oprah Magazine,” “Talk” and “Time” magazines, segments on ABC-TV’s “20/20” and
A & E’s “Special Report”. The MANTRA Study Project was the subject of a one-hour special, “Can Prayer Heal?” produced by the BBC/Discovery Channel, aired in 2004.

Mitchell is Director of the Cardiovascular Devices Group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  In 2007 he received a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Food and Drug Administration for his tenure on the Circulatory Devices Advisory Panel, and in 2008 was named the Hein Wellens Distinguished Professor by the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Mitchell has served on the Board of Directors of the Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi, India since its construction in 1990.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention.  Mitchell has been married to Carol Krucoff since 1974, and they have two adult children.