Dr. Carol A. Mittelstaedt (69), a.k.a. “Dr. Mitt” by her colleagues and students, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 12, 2015. She was born in Florida in 1946, and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas, and graduated from the U of A Medical School. Carol was a devoted physician, and pioneer in the early ultrasound field of radiology having completed a specialized Ultrasound Fellowship at the Medical School of the University of California in San Diego. Carol was one of the first women to join the Department of Radiology at the University of North Carolina Medical School in 1976, and was a very active Imaging Division leader, physician, professor, and mentor before retiring 38 years later in 2014.
“Dr. Mitt” was often an invited lecturer at many national and local radiology conventions as well as foreign medical convocations in Chile, Egypt, Hong Kong, and Thailand. She was a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and served on their Board of Governors. She also enjoyed active membership participation in The American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, North Carolina Ultrasound Society, Radiological Society of North America, and Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound. She researched and authored two globally-acclaimed medical textbooks: Abdominal Ultrasound, and General Ultrasound; as well as numerous related articles.
Carol was preceded in her passing by her brother Dr. James Mittelstaedt, and both of her parents, Dr. Stanley and Daisy Mittelstaedt all of Little Rock, Arkansas. Carol is survived by her brother Jim’s family; and two sisters, Janet Hartman of Orlando, Florida, and Lynn Warren of Little Rock, and their respective families; as well as her beloved twin Godchildren: Philip and Lauren Hartman.
A memorial reception in her honor was held at the The Carolina Inn (North Parlor) on the UNC campus at 5:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Carol A. Mittelstaedt are encouraged to be given to either the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure organization (www.Komen.org), or the Carolina Tiger Rescue Center (www.CarolinaTiger Rescue.org).