R. Scott Nelson, DO - Colon and Rectal Surgeon in Grants Pass, Oregon - Asante

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R. Scott Nelson, DO

R. Scott Nelson, DO

Patient Rating
4.86 / 5 (Based on 175 Reviews) Read Patient Experiences

Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Accepting new patients


Portuguese and Spanish


Asante General and Colorectal Surgery – Grants Pass
537 Union Ave. Suite 205
Grants Pass, Oregon 97527
Main: 541-507-2110

About this provider

Practicing colon and rectal surgery requires a serious nature, a quality Dr. Scott Nelson is unafraid to claim. Yet patients often find Dr. Nelson’s caring and quiet sense of humor an added comfort when facing challenging conditions. Dr. Nelson believes that success for his patients depends on both clinical  excellence and a quality relationship with his patients.

Dr. Nelson is Southern Oregon’s only colon and rectal surgeon, and his expertise covers every type of illness in these systems. These include rectal prolapse, fistulas, colon and rectal cancers, fissures and other procedures. Regardless of the presenting illness, Dr. Nelson sees each patient is an individual. “Everyone has a story. I like to get to know people and learn who they are.”

With a family of seven children, Dr. Nelson has learned a bit about adapting to different individual needs and styles. And, having acquired his training from an honored team of surgeons before him, Dr. Nelson focuses on clarity, carefully considered action and compassion when meeting with patients.

Dr. Nelson works to maintain the highest level of surgical skill, a discipline he credits to his lifelong pastime of running 15 miles a week. Dr. Nelson is also active in his community, whether it’s participating in church-sponsored service with his wife and children, or working with the Josephine County Food Bank.

As one of the first doctors to become part of Asante Physician Partners, Dr. Nelson and his colleagues practice cooperative, team-based patient care.

Education and training


Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science-Exercise Physiology
University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph Hospital, General Surgery Residency
Creighton University, Colon and Rectal Surgery


Creighton University, Colon and Rectal Surgery


Board Certification - General Surgery 
American College of Surgery
September 2007-July 2018

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member-American College of Surgeons
  • Resident Member- American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Member-Nebraska Medical Society
  • Member-Collegium Aesculapium 

It is my goal that when patients leave care with me, they will feel that they have been treated with respect in a kind and caring manner and that what was wrong was able to be fixed.

Patient experiences

December 04, 2021
Dr Nelson and Heidi were both reassuring and compassionate, professional, kind and confident I felt heard and my questions were answered. This is a very valuable attribute!!
December 01, 2021
It can be embarrassing speaking about one's [ ] and [ ], but Dr. Nelson does an excellent job of putting a patient at ease and providing reassurance that such conditions are quite common. I feel very comfortable seeing him to discuss those issues and possible treatments.
December 01, 2021
All employees were excellent!
November 27, 2021
Dr. Nelson and his assistant Heidi were perfect, couldn't ask for better care and cooperation.
November 27, 2021
Yes His Nurse Heidi was very helpful
November 24, 2021
Both Dr. nelson and his medical assistant Heidi are awesome. they are both very familiar with my medical history and very attentive and always asking questions to make sure that everything that I need I hav. Dr. nelson has gone out of his way to make sure that he knew of all of the different courses of treatment that were available for me and what it was that I was really dealing with their really are one of the best medical teams I've ever experienced in a time of my life and I've had lots of medical issues. they really stand out as being exceptional individually and as a team. i could go on and on but i won't, i'll just say that they come across as both being interested in me,, our relationship and getting treatment right.
November 24, 2021
The time it took me to get in for office visit was lighting fast !!! Thank you !
November 24, 2021
Very efficient
November 24, 2021
The campus AND all the professionals I came in contact with were excellent.
November 24, 2021
A young lady named Isabell, she was very helpful when the phone system was acting up.
November 08, 2021
dr martin dr nelson and nurses
November 05, 2021
Heidi was very professional and did everything I needed
November 04, 2021
Yes. Hedi, Dr Nelsons MA
November 04, 2021
I received excellent examination and advice from Dr. Nelson. I am satisfied with his care and treatment.
October 29, 2021
Everyone was outstanding.
October 29, 2021
I was referred to Dr Nelson for a colonoscopy, but after consultation with him it was determined I did not need one until 2023, as I had one in 2018.
October 28, 2021
Heidi (Dr. Nelson's medical assistant) was outstanding! She was compassionate, helpful, thoughtful, and caring. She took time to listen and answer my questions and helped to put me at ease. She's fantastic!
October 28, 2021
Heidi, Dr. Nelson's Medical Assistant, is such a joy. Kind yet professional. And she always gives me a hug. Dr. Nelson and Heidi are just the best.
October 24, 2021
Dr Nelson
October 23, 2021
The doctor knows about my condition snd I feel confident with him treating me
October 20, 2021
Heidi is always !!
October 13, 2021
very happy
October 08, 2021
Dr. Nelson provided an excellent explanation of my problem & WHY Dr. [ ] missed the boat.
October 08, 2021
Dr Nelson is kind, understanding and so knowledgeable that he makes you feel better right from the start.
October 08, 2021
I felt Dr Nelson and all his staff were amazing! They made me feel comfortable right from the beginning! I thank them for that!
October 08, 2021
Outpatient Colonoscopy nurses and assistants were excellent and I give them the highest rating. A very satisfied customer!
September 20, 2021
Dr. Nelson himself is a caring man and Heidi D, CCMA is always kind
September 16, 2021
I really like Dr. Nelson.
September 16, 2021
My conversation with Dr Nelson was very encouraging considering my situation
September 15, 2021
Mckenzie Myers was very helpful.
September 09, 2021
Dr. Nelson has a great deal of compassion and is a good listener. I appreciate the work he is doing in our community to promote health and safety through vaccination and masking.
August 27, 2021
Dr. Nelson and his entire staff that I had contact with were outstanding.
August 17, 2021
Dr. Nelson and his assistant were very professional, patient and kind.
August 16, 2021
Dr. Nelson was very attentive to my concerns. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
August 16, 2021
August 14, 2021
I was very impressed with the pre-procedure care in making you feel comfortable and your care their utmost goal. The procedure went so smoothly and I came out of anesthesia like I was never under anesthesia. The cleanliness was impeccable and I never felt my health was at risk.Thank you so much Dr Nelson and crew for this great experience!!
August 14, 2021
Heidi [ ]
August 13, 2021
Everyone I have worked with has been outstanding Dr Nelson and your staff in outpatient have were fantastic thanks
August 09, 2021
I found Dr. Nelson to be courteous, attentive, well-informed, and kind. I was impressed with his bedside manner and his expansive knowledge. His assistant (Heidi?) was incredible! She took the time to explain things to me to help me feel more comfortable and at ease.
August 08, 2021
Dr Nelson and Heidi are alway wonderful when I need to come in.Always Answer all my questions and give me every plenty of time
August 08, 2021
Dr. Nelson is very professional and courteous. His staff are always helpful and professional as well.
August 04, 2021
July 28, 2021
Every person in all departments were GREAT!! They made me feel welcome, comfortable and cared for.
July 28, 2021
Dr. Nelson's medical assistant, Heidi, is always so kind and understanding. And she gives me a hug. That compassionate caring means everything to me.
July 28, 2021
Dr. Nelson was very professional and kind. He answered all of my questions and was very patient. He had good bedside manner. He was thorough and timely.
July 21, 2021
Dr. Nelson, Heidi [NAME] and basically his entire staff are wonderful people. I wish that I didn't have the need to see them, but when I'm there they make me feel like everything is going to be ok and that I'll be totally taken care of.
July 14, 2021
Dr. Nelson is always outstanding.
July 12, 2021
Dr. Nelson and Staff were all kind, respectful and helpful.
July 09, 2021
Had a colonoscopy at the Asante Outpatient Center. The nurses and staff were all professional and courteous. They treated me with the upmost respect.
July 01, 2021
Heidi don't know her last name.
June 22, 2021
Excellent surgery!! Limited pain,and extra fast recovery!!
June 21, 2021
Heidi and Dr Nelson both great!
June 18, 2021
Dr. Nelson and his assistant Heidi have been remarkable in handling my health care needs. They are understanding, caring and exception health care providers in every way.
June 18, 2021
Dr. Nelson was informative, kind and reassuring.
June 17, 2021
I believe Asante to be one of the best hospitals I've visited. All the people try to be nice, regardless of the pressure they are constantly under.
June 17, 2021
Dr Nelson and his staff are always helpful and courteous. Heidi his assistant is friendly and helpful. Dr Nelson has performed many exams snd several surgeries over a decade and I can always rely on his excellent knowledge and skills and courteous treatment. He listens and answers questions thoroughly. I am grateful to be his patient.
June 12, 2021
Heidi, Dr Nelsons medical assistant was so very nice and easy to speak with.
June 09, 2021
Heidi's been awesome getting me in to see Dr. NELSON. Appointments have been immediate!
May 28, 2021
Doctor Nelson and Medical Assistant Heidi, are the best. They made me feel comfortable and seemed to care about my medical health and having solutions for me to consider. Great team, all the way around, and I am fortunate for their continuing care for me.
May 22, 2021
I had great care in the hospital by both doctors and nurses.
May 21, 2021
all the staff that helped me
May 20, 2021
Was very satisfied with my patient care
May 20, 2021
Heidi moved mountains to Get my surgery completed only a week after diagnosis. It looked like I would have to wait a month, but due to personal circumstances of having my parents in town to help during my recovery, she was able to coordinate exchanging operating hours with another physician so they could accommodate my situation. It was exceptional and some of the most caring, understanding medical care I have ever received.
May 06, 2021
The girls in scheduling are always so nice!
April 30, 2021
The Whole Medical Staff that tried to help me when I went to ER. Dr. Nelson was very helpful in telling me and my Husband why I am in So much Pain and what to do about it. If it doesn't work I may need Surgery. GOD Bless !
April 27, 2021
Dr Nelson put my mind at ease as I was very worried about my condition
April 26, 2021
Dr Nelson was wonderful
April 24, 2021
every one connected with my treatment are the best I've ever encountered. What a wonderful experience, considering the event. Just loved every 0ne of them who t me with threated me utmost care. Never have seen this at other facilities.
April 12, 2021
March 30, 2021
Always welcoming when we are unwell, comforting when we are down but not out, uplifting when our spirits need wind under wings...encouraging when we need to be heard...thoughtful of our families and our concerns ... special thanks to Lacey, Krystal, Kim, Cassie, Suzanne and Melissa....as our Blessings, we send your way our gratitude... Servants of AsanteThank you God for your servants of AsanteFront-line warriors, battling to make us whole,Ministering caringly to folks in need everydayLovingly tending bodies with heart and soul.These are your dutiful song birds of serviceFaithful eyes fully focused on tenacious careNew found kin in the fellowship of friendsThey restore the weak and mend and repair.Thank you Lord for your servants at AsanteAlways ready, willing, able to treat and renew,We're so grateful for how they do what they doBless each of them Lord and their families too.[NAME] 2021
March 26, 2021
Dr. Nelson and his staff were and are a compassionate and empathetic crew of Professionals, even when I called in a panic after a procedure. They calmed my fears and answered any questions I had. I'm greatful I was referred to them by my Primary care physician
March 14, 2021
Out patient surgery center is very professional and caring. Dr. Nelson is outstanding.
March 01, 2021
Dr. Nelson and Staff.
February 19, 2021
Thanks for asking.. the entire staff was good but Dr. Nelson's nurse assistant was outstanding ... [ ]!
February 04, 2021
Dr Fear
January 31, 2021
Dr Nelson was Wonderful and he made me feel at ease
January 27, 2021
Yes ...... Heidi and Dr. Nelson. Both r wonderful.
January 18, 2021
I understand that everyone is doing their best in all already difficult industry during a very difficult time.
January 15, 2021
The entire staff involved in my procedure , both pre and afterwards were kind, calming and professional
January 15, 2021
Dr Nelson is the best
January 07, 2021
Dr Nelson is a GREAT person and deserves to be respected by everyone.
December 29, 2020
Both Dr. Nelson and his assistance, Heidi were nothing but helpful, understanding and I would return to the office if needed in the future. Excellent staff!
December 24, 2020
DR Nelson was very professional in his procedure
December 21, 2020
Heidi his doctor asst, went out of her way. She was awesome. 👍🏻
December 11, 2020
Everything was great from intake, including Heidi and DR Nelson. Pleased
December 10, 2020
Dr. Nelson's Medical Assistant, Heidi D. CCMA was just wonderful. She's professional, yet so kind. She did much to lower my level of anxiety and I am grateful for her.
November 29, 2020
They were always very helpful and courteous.
November 27, 2020
Dr. Nelson and his staff have always been very helpful in any thing I have questions on. Excellent care!
November 19, 2020
Heidi the MA, was extreamly helpful and an excellent assistant.
November 15, 2020
all of the people there
November 05, 2020
Can't remember any name....however my experience was good & all were understanding & thoughtful. Nothing but praise for all.
November 01, 2020
not at this time. all folks that encountered that day were great
October 23, 2020
This is the first visit that I have had with Dr. Nelson and I appreciated the time that he gave to me and the explanation that he gave for suggesting that I take his recommended colonoscopy.
October 22, 2020
Dr Nelson is the best!
October 17, 2020
Dr Nelson and coworkers
October 16, 2020
Heidi D. ... she is amazing! She always makes my day positive.
October 15, 2020
I have the medical assistant Heidi that was just great very nice and helpful and Dr. Nelson really paid attention and really made it sound like he cared to find out what was wrong with me and I like that
September 24, 2020
Valerie RN , in outpatient colonoscopy care.
September 17, 2020
Dr Nelson is the best. He has solved issues I've had for years that all other doctors could not.
September 17, 2020
Everyone was caring, thoughtful and professional. I feel great ease in their care, I trust and rely on their care of me. It is a relief and emotion calm I have within their care!Sorry I repeated myself, but since transferring my care to Grants Pass Professional's in all aspects of my health I feel really taken care of with thoughtfulness and concern.
September 17, 2020
Heidi always efficient and kind.
September 06, 2020
Was scheduled to come in the day I called. He's a great guy - so happy I've got him [ ]
August 17, 2020
I spent 3 years avoiding my medical issues due to some past trauma. Dr.Nelson spent over an hour discussing my condition and options and just simply listening to me. He is gentle and professional and a wonderful doctor to have on your side during hard times. I only wish I had seen him sooner.
August 13, 2020
Dr Nelson was fantastic. Explained things in a way that was very easy to understand.
August 07, 2020
In spite of the challenging COVIID-19 'guidelines', everyone that I interacted with did a excellent job.
August 07, 2020
ALL were courteous
July 13, 2020
I think my visit with Dr. Nelson was excellent. I have only seen him once.
July 10, 2020
Dr. Nelson's assistant, Heidi, was very nice.
July 09, 2020
Dr Nelson and Heidi are always very welcoming.
May 20, 2020
everyone was a 12 on a scale of 1-10 .....Thank you all muchly
April 29, 2020
Dr. Nelson is a Godsend to patients who need him. I am so happy to have him as a Surgeon. He always leaves me better after seeing him.
April 13, 2020
Dr. Nelson seems concerned and thoughtful and knowledgeable. I believe he wants the best outcome for my problem. Dr Nelson's medical assistant Heidi was also very nice and communicated with me on various occasions to help even though I could not get seem in person, they visited with me on the phone
March 26, 2020
Everyone was helpful and did a great job.
March 22, 2020
From start to finish was great. The whole staff.
March 18, 2020
Dr Nelson as he did my surgery and pleased with the outcome. In addition to Heidi, and all the staff that was involved when I had my surgery. The nurse, anesthesiologist. They all get a 10 f 10
March 16, 2020
Was my first visit
March 12, 2020
Too new to seeing Dr. Nelson to judge
March 12, 2020
Dr Nelson is a very respected knowledgeable surgeon whom I have trusted with all major and minor surgical procedures I have had. He is all about his patients!! His MA Heidi also goes out of her way to make everything comfortable, easy, and she makes things happen!! Great team for sure! Thank you
March 11, 2020
Medical Care was excellent, prompt and courteous. Very Happy with care and outcome.
March 07, 2020
Dr. Nelson and all his staff were the best I could hope for. Thanks!
March 06, 2020
All of the staff are always cheerful and friendly
March 04, 2020
Both Dr. Nelson and his nurse assistant were wonderful to work with.
February 21, 2020
I have been impressed with the kindness and thorough care of the out patient clinic and the out patient surgery staff. I appreciate Dr Nelson and his careI was very distressed that I was sent home from surgery, with my dressing and surgery site covered in fecal matter.
February 07, 2020
Amanda, the nurse I had for colonoscopy prep, was outstanding--great personality, very good putting in the IV, which is usually a problem for me, and she was so pleasant and caring.
January 30, 2020
Sorry, I don't remember any names but I always get outstanding care at Asante General Surgery.
January 17, 2020
In addition to the physiological aspect of my health issues and procedures I was facing, there were a tremendous amount of emotions involved. While I quickly developed trust in Dr. Nelson's knowledge and ability, I feel that the compassion and confidence he demonstrated put me at ease and helped me cope with my experiences pre and post surgery. Heidi D exudes kindness and empathy, which I greatly needed. I also appreciate her prompt and efficient help when I am in the office or asking questions via phone or the MyChart app.
January 17, 2020
Appreciated the get well card received after my procedure.
January 03, 2020
The nurses and staff were very friendly and professional. Dr Nelson was awesome!
December 26, 2019
Heidi in Dr Nelson's Office
December 21, 2019
Dr. Nelson was was great.
December 19, 2019
The nurses were great Dr. Nelson is very good as well
December 15, 2019
Dr Nelson was excellent in listening to me and answering my questions.
December 15, 2019
Dr. Nelson and all his helpers
December 08, 2019
Dr Nelson listened to me and answered my questions, explained things in a way I could understand & never made me feel rushed. His nurse Heidi was very thoughtful, kind & thorough.
December 05, 2019
Dr. [ ], Dr. [ ], Dr. Nelson and All of their Helping Nurses and Staff are working hard and Wonderful for the Health Care for All. Thank You All and May GOD BLESS You All !
December 05, 2019
This whole experience,(besides the pain), with Asante was very good.
November 28, 2019
Heidi w/ Dr Nelson and Sher @ front desk "B"( or #2)
November 24, 2019
Very much understand ing
November 21, 2019
Dr Nelson is great. I had to have an outpatient procedure and felt light headed and nauseous afterwards. Dr Nelson sat and talked with me for an extra 10 minutes until I regained my composure. I felt that he went above and beyond his duty to show concern and compassion when he could have just as easily left me alone. I would highly recommend Dr Nelson and his medical assistant as they are wonderful people.
November 20, 2019
Dr Nelson and his Assistant were great. Im not good with names sorry
November 08, 2019
Both, Doctor Nelson and Melissa were outstanding
November 03, 2019
Dr. Nelson is a wonderful kind caring very smart and helpful and understanding Doctor I am very happy with being his patient and his care and concern for my health
October 23, 2019
Dr Nelson and his staff are top notch professionals.
October 14, 2019
Dr. Nelson's medical assistant was very helpful, informative and sensitive to my needs. She is a warm, caring and positive asset doing her job and you can tell she enjoys what she does. Thank for allowing me to share my experience.
October 14, 2019
Dr Nelson, the nurses that aided, Heidi , everyone who aided in the surgery process from entering the building, check in, to my exiting. Everyone in my my view was excellent. Very pleased
October 14, 2019
Dr Nelson and his staff are amazing, they have been providing me care for 5 years.
October 14, 2019
I have to say they ALL was an amazing team working together. I cant name everyone. I feel EVERYONE was caring and respectful. Dr. Nelson has ALWAYS been an EXCELLENT surgeon! Has been with me on my long Journey. He has got me to where I am today. I'm very greatful! Thank you to EVERYONE who has taken care of me.
October 10, 2019
Dr. Nelson himself and his MA Hedi [ ] are both professional and caring individuals which makes an outstanding team.
October 02, 2019
I was feeling very emotional and uncomfortable when I came in, the doctor and his nurse were very kind and patient with me.
September 25, 2019
Heidi at Dr. Nelson's office goes above and beyond to assist me in all possible ways. I also feel that all staff members who answer the phones are great representatives for Asante.


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