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Mitchell Knisely

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive, Office 3120, Durham, NC 27710
307 Trent Drive, DUMC 3322, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Mitchell Knisely, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, PMGT-BC, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Healthcare in Adult Populations Division of the Duke University School of Nursing.

Dr. Knisely’s research focuses on the application of precision health approaches to understand and ameliorate pain and promote equitable pain care in individuals with sickle cell disease and other chronic pain conditions. His program of research includes studies seeking to understand biopsychosocial contributors to individuals' pain experiences, as well as pragmatic clinical trials evaluating the use of non-pharmacological interventions (e.g., acupuncture) for the treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Dr. Knisely is board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and in Pain Management Nursing. He earned his BSN from Purdue University and his MSN and PhD from Indiana University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genomics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and trained at NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute. His research and training have been supported by several internal and external grants, including funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Knisely is a Fellow in the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders & Innovators and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Knisely serves on the Editorial Board for Pain Management Nursing and on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. He is also actively involved in the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, USASP, and IASP.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing · 2022 - Present School of Nursing

Education, Training & Certifications

Indiana University at Indianapolis · 2016 Ph.D.