Published on November 01, 2015

Scott Mitchell, MDScott Mitchell, MD, CMD, Palliative Care, joined Holzer in April 2014. He is Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care with specialized training and expertise in providing pain relief while still preserving good function and high quality of life. He is also certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and is a Certified Medical Director by the American Medical Directors Association.

Severely ill patients, in whom total cure is not possible, frequently may have severe pain as part of their illness. Pain relief medicines may cause disabling sleepiness in an attempt to help the pain. It is not an easy thing to find the best pain relief and still be able to enjoy a high quality of life. Dr. Mitchell provides expert treatment to help do so.

He has brought new expertise and better quality of life to many patients who have advanced cancer, or other chronically disabling disease, with severe, non-remitting pain. He has succeeded with a number of patients, in controlling pain, keeping them out of the hospital, still able to function at home, and even prolonging a good quality of life for longer than expected.  

“Dr. Mitchell provides a valuable service for the Holzer system,” stated Ken Moore, Executive Director, Holzer Center for Cancer Care. “He is able to communicate difficult conversations with care and compassion, assisting our patients and family members with hard decisions in a considerate manner. Holzer is fortunate to have Dr. Mitchell as a member of the care team for our communities.”

Several families have especially appreciated his help, and expressed gratitude for pain relief, and better quality of life for their loved ones. He brings an empathetic understanding and expert knowledge to patients.

Dr. Mitchell currently serves as the Medical Director of the Cancer Center, and Chairman of the Holzer Ethics Committee, working with Fred Williams, Ph.D., Director of Chaplaincy, Holzer Health System.  In addition, he is involved with Hospice, coordinating with the nursing staff on care, and is a source of continuing education on the best way to achieve the patient’s goals of pain relief and functional quality of life.

Dr. Mitchell is available for expert consultation, helping to set goals of care, and assisting with symptom relief and the best combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and symptom relief, to achieve the best quality of life possible.

For more information on Holzer’s Palliative Care program, visit or call 1-855-4-HOLZER.

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