Curiculum Vitae


  • Carlow University | DNP | 2014
  • University of Pittsburgh | MSN - Health Promotion and Development Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Specialty | 1997
  • University of Pittsburgh | MSN - Nursing Administration | 1986
  • University of Pittsburgh | BSN | Magna Cum Laude
Academic Appointments
  • Carlow University
    • Assistant Professor and Director, Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program | 2014 - Present
    • Instructor, Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Program; Areas of teaching focus - Women’s Health, Leadership, Pharmacology | 2011 - 2014
Clinical and Administrative Positions 
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Women's Health Clinic | Nurse Practitioner, OB/GYN, faculty practice | 2016 - Present
  • Butler VA Healthcare System | Nurse Practitioner, OB/GYN, faculty practice | 2012 - Present
  • Matrix Healthcare | Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Health Services, Part-Time | 2012 - 2014
  • Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System | Women Veterans Program Manager | 2007 - 2012
  • Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System | Nurse Practitioner Primary Care and Gynecology | 2007 - 2012
  • They Ayco Corporation | Consultant, Health Care and Life Management | 1991 - 1996
  • La Roche College | Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Nursing Program | 1992 - 1996
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center | Assistant Chief, Nursing Service | 1988 - 1994
  • Community College of Allegheny County | Instructor of Medical Surgical Nursing | 1990 - 1993
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center | Manager, Intermediate Medical Service | 1987 - 1988
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center | Head Nurse Medical Intensive Care Unit | 1983 - 1985
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center | Head Nurse Pulmonary ICU and Stepdown Unit | 1979 - 1983
  • Allegheny General Hospital | Staff Nurse, Surgical Intensive Care Unit | 1977 - 1979


  • Licensure: Pennsylvania 218083-L RN; Pennsylvania VP 004788-V WHNP 
  • Certification: ANCC, Adult Nurse Practitioner 


  • American Nurses Association 
  • Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing, Eta Chapter 
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health 


  • Panel Review Member for Selection of Annual Breast Cancer Health Grant Awardees, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Pittsburgh Affiliate, 2012-present 
  • Facilitator, Global Health Student Experience - Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Carlow University and the Migrant Health Clinic of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, April 2013 
  • Field Advisory Group, Veterans Administration Nursing Service Central Office, 2010-2012 
  • Women Veterans National Communication Committee, Women Veterans Strategic Healthcare, 2010-2012 
  • Women Veterans National Outreach Subcommittee, Women Veterans Strategic Healthcare 2010-2012  


  • Awardee, Best Poster Presentation for Innovative Practice - Narrative Health Care, Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference, 2013 
  • Cameo of Caring Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2011 
  • Federal Woman of the Year, Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board, 2008 
  • Veterans Administration Heart and Hands Award for Outstanding Clinician, 1992 
  • Person of Distinction, Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board, 1991 
  • Federal Women’s Program Excalibur Award, 1990 
  • Outstanding Alumnae Award, St. Benedict Academy High School, 1981 
  • Senior Women’s Honorary, University of Pittsburgh, 1976 
  • Qwens Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh, 1974 
  • Helen Poole Rush Award for Outstanding Freshman Women, University of Pittsburgh, 1972 
  • Veterans Administration Superior Performance Awards in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1994, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 
  • Veterans Administration Special Contribution Awards, 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010 
  • Veterans Administration Health Professional Scholarship Award for Graduate Study, 1985, 1986 


  • Webb (Mitchum), D., Tour, C. Hurt, R., and van Kammen, D. “Recognizing Excellence: Giving Your AWE,” Journal of Nursing Administration. September, (22) 9, pp 54-45 (1992). 
  • Tour, C. and Webb (Mitchum), D. “Walk for Life,” VA Practitioner. July, 43-44 (1991). 


Doctoral Dissertation/Scholarly Work 

Women’s Health Beliefs about Pap-smears: Is Self-Sampling an Acceptable Alternative for the Under-screened – A Look at Puerto Rico. 2014. Elisabeth George, PhD, Chair. 

Past/Present Funded Program Grants (Educational or Practice) 

  • Women’s Health Beliefs about Pap-smears: Is Self-Sampling an Acceptable Alternative for the Under-screened – A Look at Puerto Rico. Geibel Institute Grant, $2,000, 2013. 
  • Can Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Prevent the Development of Urinary Incontinence in At-Risk Women? Women Veterans Strategic Healthcare Group Grant, $12,973, 2010. 
  • The Effect of Protective Restraining Devices on the Self-Esteem, Psychological Distress and Independent Function of Medically and Psychiatrically Ill Institutionalized Elderly, VA Medical center, Pittsburgh, 1991. 
  • Factors Influencing Length of Stay in a Tertiary Care Facility as Examined on Exit Interview, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, 1987. 
  • Co-Recipient of the Johanna M. Celella Research Memorial Award for research entitled “An Evaluative Study of the Leadership Functions of the Professional Staff Nurse,” 1987. 
  • Differences in the Perceived Importance of Power Factors by Chief Nursing Officers, Masters Thesis, University of Pittsburgh, 1987. 


  • Women in Government and Public Service - Leadership. Women’s History Month Lecture and Panel Discussion. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA. March, 2016. 
  • Support for Returning Veterans: A Community Effort. Women’s Issues. Allegheny County Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Vet Center and the Department of Human Services. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. Pittsburgh, PA. May, 2007. 
  • Working with Veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars and Their Families. Women Veteran Issues. WPIC Office of Education and Regional Programming. Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA. August 2007. 
  • Breast Cancer Awareness. Women Veteran Educational Program. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA. October, 2007. 
  • Support for Returning Veterans: A Community Effort. Women’s Issues. Allegheny County Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Vet Center and the Department of Human Services. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. Pittsburgh, PA. May, 2008. 
  • Do Women Veterans Have Special Needs? Grand Rounds. Magee Women’s Hospital, UPMC. May, 2008. 
  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. Journal Club. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. June, 2009. 
  • Women Veteran Symposium. Work Force West Virginia. Keynote Address. Wheeling, WV. May, 2010. 
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques to Treat Urinary Incontinence. Medical Staff Lecture. Butler VA Medical Center. March, 2013. 
  • Cervical Cancer Screening. Medical Staff Lecture. Butler VA Medical Center. May, 2013. 
  • Menopause. Medical Staff Lecture. Butler VA Medical Center. September, 2013. 
  • Treating Women with Osteoporosis. Medical Staff Lecture. Butler VA Medical Center. November, 2014. 
  • Treating Women with Osteoporosis. Women’s Health Champions Noon Conference. Butler VA Medical Center. December, 2014. 

 College of Health & Wellness Committees  

  • Developed curriculum for combined Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Physical Assessment for NCEL Graduate Nursing Program, Summer, 2012. 
  • Graduate faculty liason to Nursing Undergraduate Curriculum Redesign Committee, 2012. 
  • Developed content for Narrative Health Care as an undergraduate senior elective in new undergraduate curriculum, and an elective in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, 2013. 
  • Developed content for Genetics/genomics as undergraduate requirement course objectives in the new undergraduate curriculum, 2013. 
  • Member, ad hoc nursing/humanities workgroup for the development of narrative medicine principles and practices within the nursing curricula and education of nursing faculty, 2013-present. 
  • Chair, Graduate Nursing Search Committee, 2013-2015. 
  • Chair, Masters Curriculum and Evaluation Committee 2013-present 
  • Chair, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Faculty Committee 2013-present 
  • Chair, College of Health & Wellness Faculty Search Committee 2014-present 

 Carlow University Committees  

  • Member, ad hoc interdisciplinary workgroup for the development of narrative medicine principles and practices within the university curricula 2013-present. 
  • Super-PAC, Curriculum Subcommittee Member 2015-present. 
  • Member, Executive Director Library & Learning Commons Search Committee 2016. 
  • Invited Member, Woodrow Wilson Fellow Visiting Professorship Planning Committee 2015. 
  • Invited Member, Academic Opening Week Planning Committee, 2014-15. 

 Community Activities  

  • Women Proudly Served, Co-Director, 2011. 
  • Susan G. Komen, Grant Review Panel Member, 2010-present. 

 Continuing Education 2012 - Present

  • AACN Masters Essentials Conference 2016: Houston, TX – 40 hours 
  • Hot Topics in Primary Care: Contemporary Forums, Jackson Hole WY – 40 hours July, 2015. 
  • Women’s Sexual Health Conference, Orlando FL – 24 hours June, 2015. 
  • NONPF Annual Conference 2015: Baltimore, MD – 32 hours 
  • AACN Masters Essentials Conference 2015: St. Petersburg, FL – 40 hours 
  • Office Gynecology: Contemporary Forums, Jackson Hole, WY – 40 hours 
  • Achieving Clinical Excellence with Innovative Delivery Models, Farmington, PA – 24 hours 
  • Pharmacology: Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Pittsburgh, PA – 16 hours 
  • Evolving Paradigms: Providing Health Care to Transitioning Combat Veterans, VHA, Las Vegas – 22 hours 
  • Sexual Trauma: Screening and Referral, Pittsburgh – 22 hours 
  • Comprehensive Colposcopy Certification ASCCP, San Francisco – 32 hours 


Deborah Mitchum, DNP, is an assistant professor in the graduate family nurse practitioner and leadership programs. She completed her BSN, MSN in nursing administration and MSN in health promotion, with a women’s health specialty, from the University of Pittsburgh. Her clinical specialties and research interests are women’s primary healthcare, gynecology, administration, and leadership.