Dr. Tommy Mitchell Dr. Tommy Mitchell

Dr. Tommy Mitchell

Medical Doctor, Speaker, Author

As a scientist, physician, and father, Dr. Mitchell has a burden to provide solid answers from the Bible to equip young people and adults to stand in the face of their personal tragedies and popular evolutionary misinformation. View resources by Dr. Tommy Mitchell.

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Events

  • Saint Louis, MO
    August 02 – August 03
  • Springfield, MO
    August 22 – August 23
  • Latest Articles by Dr. Tommy Mitchell

    Education

    • Completed residency at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals, Nashville, TN, 1987
    • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 1984
    • BA, cell biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1980, with highest honors

    Honors and Awards

    • Telly award, 2005

    Testimony

    Dr. Mitchell was saved at age 17, but soon thereafter went to college where he was under the influence of many professors who promoted evolutionary ideas. He became a theistic evolutionist as he tried to reconcile his new-found faith with the evolutionary worldview set forth in his undergraduate studies and in medical school.

    After returning home to begin his new medical practice, Dr. Mitchell, after much reading, became convicted of the errors of the evolutionary philosophies he had been taught. God soon opened his eyes to the truth of the biblical record, and he saw that God’s Word was indeed true from the first verse.

    In the mid-1990s, Dr. Mitchell was privileged to meet Ken Ham and became an avid supporter of AiG. In 1999, he served as seminar chairman for an extremely well-attended Answers in Genesis conference (featuring Ken) held in Hendersonville, Tennessee (near Nashville).

    Over the years, he has spoken on creation in many churches and venues, including overseas evangelistic mission efforts to Poland, Ukraine, and Jamaica.

    Ken Ham states, “I unreservedly recommend Dr. Mitchell to you not only as a superb speaker, but as a sincere, dedicated Christian and great family man. He brings a wealth of experience from his medical background that makes each of his talks unique, yet he still gives the basic message of biblical authority, starting in Genesis.”

    Professional Experience

    • Speaker, Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, KY, 2006–present
    • Active Kentucky medical license, 2006–present
    • Internal medicine practice, Gallatin, TN, 1987–2006

    Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP)
    • Phi Beta Kappa Society

    Personal Information

    Dr. Mitchell graduated with a BA with highest honors from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1980 with a major in cell biology. For his superior scholarship during his undergraduate study, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Society (the oldest and one of the most respected honor societies in America). Dr. Mitchell subsequently attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree in 1984.

    Dr. Mitchell completed his residency at Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals in 1987. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. In 1991, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (F.A.C.P.). Tommy had a thriving medical practice in his hometown of Gallatin, Tennessee, for 20 years, but, in late 2006, he withdrew from medical practice to pursue creation ministry full time.

    Since mid-2005, Dr. Mitchell has spoken for Answers in Genesis to thousands of adults, youth, and children in a variety of settings, clearly communicating reasons to trust the Bible and the Creator Christ who wrote it. He has written articles for AiG’s website and other publications, and he was the featured speaker during AiG’s relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, resulting in a Telly award-winning DVD A God of Suffering?

    As a scientist, physician, and father, Dr. Mitchell has a burden to provide solid answers from the Bible to equip people to stand in the face of personal tragedy and popular evolutionary misinformation. Using communication skills developed over many years of medical practice, he is able to connect with people at all educational levels and unveil the truth that can change their lives.

    In addition to his role as speaker and writer, Tommy serves the ministry as both speaker liaison and technical liaison. He is an avid user of Apple computers and is, most certainly, “a Mac!”

    Ken Ham says, “Dr. Mitchell is greatly burdened to help spread the vital creation/gospel message, and wanted to help AiG because we can’t fulfill all the several hundred speaking requests that pour into AiG each year. Certainly, ‘the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.’ Tommy wants to contribute to the layman aspect of our speaking outreach, for teens and up, to reach the church—and those outside the church—with the truth of the authority of God’s Word beginning with the book of Genesis . . . thus affecting souls for eternity.”

    Dr. Mitchell has been married to his wife Elizabeth (herself a retired obstetrician) for 32 years, and they have three daughters. His hobbies include Martin guitars and anything to do with Bill Monroe (the famous bluegrass musician). He is Ken Ham’s most feared cribbage opponent and takes great pleasure in defeating the boss at every opportunity.

    He has three websites that offer more information about his ministry and life: www.rtmitchell.com, www.tommysmartins.com, and www.tommysphotos.com.

    Publications

    Greer, J. P., J. C. York, J. B. Cousar, R. T. Mitchell, J. M. Flexner, R. D. Collins, and R. S. Stein. “Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma: A Clinicopathologic Study of 42 Cases.” Journal of Clinical Oncology 2 (1984):788–797.

    Mitchell, R.T., L. H. Marshall, L. B. Lefkowitz, and C. W. Stratton. “Falsely Elevated Serum Creatinine Levels Secondary to the Presence of 5-Fluorocytosine.” Am J Clinical Pathology 84 (1985):251–253.

    Mitchell, R. T. “Our Suffering Savior.” Answers in Genesis (2009).

    Mitchell, R. T. “The Debate over Stem Cells.” Answers in Genesis (2009).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: Darwin’s Deathbed Conversion—a Legend?” Answers in Genesis (2009).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Darwin’s Sacred Cause?” Answers in Genesis (2009).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Darwin’s Sad Legacy.” Answers in Genesis (2009).

    Mitchell, R. T. “What Would Jesus Eat?” Answers in Genesis (2009).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Suffering & Death.” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use.” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: Were Giant Skeletons Found in the Desert?” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: Women Have More Ribs Than Men.” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: NASA Found Joshua’s Missing Day.” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: Didn’t a Fishing Boat Find a Dead Plesiosaur?” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Feedback: Selecting a Subject.” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Living Wills—On the Edge of Euthanasia?” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Didn’t Darwin Call the Evolution of the Eye Absurd?” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: If Humans Evolved from Apes, Why Do Apes Exist Today?” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “God Created Things to “Look Old.” Answers in Genesis, (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Arguments Christians Shouldn’t Use: The Second Law of Thermodynamics Began at the Fall.” Answers in Genesis (2010).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Did the Resurrection Really Happen?” Answers in Genesis (2011).

    Mitchell, R. T. “More Soft Tissue in “Old Fossils” Answers in Genesis (2011)

    Mitchell, R. T. “Feedback: Why Do Men Have Nipples?” Answers in Genesis (2011).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Contradictions: Who Destroyed Sodom?” Answers in Genesis (2011).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Self-Healing Concrete.” Answers in Genesis (2011)

    Mitchell, R. T. “Your Pituitary—A Miniscule Master.” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Pat Robertson’s Word or God’s Word: Which Will You Believe?” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Questions from the Road.” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. and E. Mitchell. “Feedback: Gender-related Moral Implications of the Doctor to Patient Relationship.” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Death and Steve Jobs.” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Contradictions: First Impressions.” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Contradictions: Do Rabbits Really ‘Chew the Cud’?” Answers in Genesis (2012).

    Mitchell, R. T. “Evolution Won’t Heal.” Answers (2013).

    Dr. Mitchell has been fortunate to have had three of his photographs published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

    Presentations

    • Why Genesis Matters: The Relevance of Creation to Today’s Christian
    • Why Can’t a Day Mean a Day? The six literal days of creation
    • Noah’s Ark and the Flood: Answering the Most-asked Questions About the Flood and the Ark
    • A God of Suffering? How a Medical Doctor Looks at Death and Suffering
    • Evolution and Medicine
    • Repairing the Breach
    • After Their Kind
    • Jurassic Prank: A Dinosaur Tale
    • Scientific Controversies: Stem Cells and the Big Bang
    • Are You Intimidated?
    • Were There Dinosaurs on the Ark?
    • Did Anybody Hear a Big Bang?
    • We’re Taking Them Back
    • Do you REALLY Have Answers?
    • Dinosaurs for Dummies
    • Suicide and Euthanasia!
    • Cloning and Stem Cells
    • Worshipping a Creator God

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