Ellen Kitchell, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • Prevention and Treatment of HIV in Resource-Limited Settings
  • Diagnosis and Management of Opportunistic Infections for Patients with HIV/AIDS


Ellen Kitchell, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of HIV, the diagnosis and management of opportunistic infections for patients with HIV/AIDS, and improving quality and access to care in free clinic settings.

Dr. Kitchell holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she graduated summa cum laude. She then earned her medical degree at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. She completed both a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at UT Southwestern. She holds HIV Expert certification through the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and specialist certification through the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM-S).

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in infectious diseases and internal medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010.

Dr. Kitchell is the Medical Director of HIV Clinical Services at Parkland Health, the largest outpatient provider of HIV care in Dallas; she is also the Director of UTSW’s HIV Fellowship and the Course Director of UTSW’s HIV Curriculum Series. She is a past member of the HIVMA’s Leadership Development Committee and a current reviewer for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV.

In addition, she is a member of the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American College of Physicians, among other professional organizations.

Her research focuses primarily on improving quality of care for patients with HIV, including reducing inpatient readmissions and increasing rates of HIV testing in asymptomatic patients. She is involved in a number of clinical trials and has delivered many invited lectures. She is a past recipient of UTSW’s Excellence in Education Core Clerkship Teaching Award.

Dr. Kitchell practices primarily at Parkland Memorial Hospital, both in the inpatient setting and the outpatient setting at Amelia Court, as a primary care and specialty provider for patients with HIV/AIDS and medical comorbidities. She is honored to partner with patients in their journey toward wellness.

Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2005-2008), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2008-2010), Infectious Diseases
  • Medical School - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (2001-2005)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • HIV Medicine Association
  • Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Academy of HIV Medicine
Honors & Awards
  • Excellence in Education Core Clerkship Teaching Award 2012, UT Southwestern
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 2004, Medical Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2001, Honors Society
Books & Publications
  • Universal HIV Testing in Asymptomatic Patients
  • Hepatitis B-HIV Co-infection
  • Determining the Prevalence and Characteristics of Readmissions Among HIV-Infected Inpatients

Clinical Focus

  • Prevention and Treatment of HIV in Resource-Limited Settings
  • Diagnosis and Management of Opportunistic Infections for Patients with HIV/AIDS
  • Improving Quality and Access to Care in Free Clinic Settings

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