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

R. Scott Nelson, DO

R. Scott Nelson, DO

Patient Rating
4.91 / 5 (Based on 194 reviews) Read Patient Experiences

Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Accepting new patients

Services offered

General Surgery


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


  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

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

July 29, 2022
Dr. Nelson was excellent.
July 23, 2022
Dr.Nelson's assistant. Heidi
July 19, 2022
I do not remember their names with the exception of Dr. Nelson's. But , everyone I spoke to or attended me was kind, courteous, sympathetic and reassuring as well as helpful.
July 14, 2022
Both nurses were knowledgeable & professional regarding my person. The receptionist/clerks were very efficient. A smooth stream line for paperwork and little wait time. GREAT STAFF
July 14, 2022
Every encounter with Asante support staff has been so kind and courteous! I've even made a point to say so. From the schedulers and receptionists to the MAs and nursing staff, everyone is so nice. Dr. Nelson is the best. Straight forward, but kind. Knowledgeable, but down to earth. Took extra time to offer support around general health beyond the specialization he brings to the table. Very thankful to have him providing care during this challenging experience.
July 14, 2022
Yes I think Dr.Nelson was very good and had a great team.
July 08, 2022
Dr. Nelson and those surrounding him.
July 08, 2022
Every single person working there was unbelievably helpful, friendly, compassionate and professional. I was so impressed with the entire staff. They all seemed to go out of their way to insure my husband was comfortable while waiting with me and for me while I had to procedure. I felt like I was at a boutique facility!
July 08, 2022
I was seen immediately after a phone call from urgent care and was given immediate attention and care with my very painful experience. It was late in the day and they stayed to take great care of me. Great service and after care. Everything was explained to me and I was very relieved. I'm very happy I was sent to see him....
July 02, 2022
Dr Nelson's nurses were excellent. Made me comfortable for my first visit as well as Dr Nelson. I became Very confident in his knowledge & expertise.
July 02, 2022
Both Dr Nelson and his medical assistant Heidi are standouts when I comes to taking time and care with me as a patient. They are both very informed and informative. I truly believe I am in good hands when in their care. From the the time I began seeing Dr Nelson and on thru today, he has sought out information to be better able to treat and diagnose me, has kept me informed of what I needed to do as my part and ultimately, has been successful in seeing me thru to health. All of my visits have been in person throughout COVID, something that I feels says much about Dr Nelson and Heidi's commitment to personal care and has elevated how I feel about my self as their patient. I can't say enough about their integrity as care givers !
June 29, 2022
Heidi was outstanding. Cheerful nature and calming. Dr Nelson listened intently to what I had to say and took me seriously.
June 28, 2022
I was treated with genuine concern and respect.
June 28, 2022
I have always received excellent care with all staff I have come in contact with at Asante and the Grants Pass area!
June 28, 2022
Doctor Nelson and Heidi in Office personnel always efficient and kind.
June 28, 2022
It was a good experience.
June 28, 2022
Dr. Nelson and his assistant, Heidi [ ]., were both outstanding and deserve kudos for their work.
June 28, 2022
everyone at Dr Nelson's office is top notch. a very pleasant and professional staff. i totally trust Dr Nelson's skill.
June 27, 2022
Both staff and R Nelson were professional and cordial.
June 27, 2022
Heidi was amazing. She kept me informed, she never made me feel like a bother when I had questions or problems. Dr. Nelson was concerned and I felt reassured that he would look after me. Shout out to Augusta in surgery. She made me feel so comfortable and cared for. In fact every single person from reception to surgery to radiology was wonderful. I had major surgery complications from outside Asante and your staff did Amat work in healing me!
May 14, 2022
Dr Nelson spent the time to talk with me about my options.
May 14, 2022
Dr Nelson, Dr [ ] & entire surgical teamAnd HeidiAll the Nurses on the 3rd floor were exceptional
May 13, 2022
The teamwork displayed was great, all working toward the goal of good patient care and supporting one another where needed.
May 09, 2022
Dr. Nelson is by far the most responsive and informed Dr. I have worked with in a long time. He made me feel heard and was not shaming
May 02, 2022
Was really pleased with the care and all questions were answered
April 30, 2022
The timeliness and ease of all my appointments has been better than outstanding. Many medical offices over the years treated me as if my time wasn't important. This office and this facility have always been on time and have been able to work with the fact that I live 2 hours away.
April 28, 2022
RN Becky- i was so scared, she held my hand until i went under. I have never seen a more compassonate person. All staff was above expectations. A special thanks to RN's Tatiana- so sweet, calm, and informative, Payton- made me feel so relaxed ,and was a joy to have, great humor and dedication, and compassionate, Mike- great guy, very informative to explain things and made life comfortable, Julia- so attentive, made things happen, funny, very relaxing to be around. CNA Caitlynn- this lady was above and beyond, nothing phased her, dedicated, humorous, relaxing, compassionate, and extremely knowledgable. Overall, all were great, made me feel like i was at home, awsome place and staff. Dr. Nelson, Dr [ ] are the best
April 27, 2022
all the staff were wonderful. Sorry I do not know names.
April 27, 2022
Dr. Nelson is great and very informative! Somehow makes it a relaxed atmosphere!
April 21, 2022
Dr. Nelson solved my medical issue in one visit. My PCP has not helped me with this issue even though I have complained about it multiple times. Dr. Nelson's nurse practitioner answered a question for me though MyChart messaging that I forgot to ask the doctor.
April 21, 2022
Dr Nelson and his staff were wonderful to work with
April 21, 2022
R.Scott Nelson and Heidi [ ], ccma both made me feel very comfortable and talking to Dr. Nelson I never felt rushed. I felt that I mattered under Dr. Nelson and Heidi's care.
April 15, 2022
My care at Asante was very good. Nurses were very caring and helpful for me.
April 15, 2022
Dr. Nelson has dealt with my [diagnosis] on two occasions over a thirteen-year period. I'm impressed with his skill and knowledge.
March 24, 2022
Dr. Nelson and his assistant, Heidi.
March 23, 2022
Heidi, Dr. Nelson's medical assistant is amazing! She follows through, makes sure I understand everything and provides comfort to ease nerves with such a sensitive medical issue. Her professionalism and kindness is appreciated!
March 23, 2022
Dr Nelson and his assistant Heidi.
March 19, 2022
Dr Nelson and his staff have been the best. Would recomend him to family and friends
March 18, 2022
I wish that I remembered names but I can say with confidence that everyone I interacted with was excellent.
March 14, 2022
Dr. Nelson and his assistant Heidi have gone above and beyond to answer questions we have had pertaining to our personal health and wellness.
March 10, 2022
Dr Nelson and Heidi Hunicke and the check-in desk ladies...Thanks a lot.
March 09, 2022
The entire staff was excellent. Some of the questions on this survey didn't really apply to me. But very professional staff and personable. My doctor referred me to this group made the arrangements. I'm glad he sent me AGS.
March 05, 2022
Dr. Nelson has always listened to my needs and has been very helpful in making sure I get the help I need in a timely manner. He is very knowledgeable in his field and I trust his opinion for my health care needs.
March 02, 2022
Dr Nelson is an amazing physician who saved my life! Thank you Dr Nelson!
March 02, 2022
Dr Nelson was great. Good man and is sympathetic to my medical needs.
March 02, 2022
Everyone was extremely helpful in all aspects of my appointments and surgery, along with the care preparing and after my procedure
February 27, 2022
How fast the doctor wanted to get the procedure taken care of. He seems to care about his patients very much.
February 23, 2022
Dr Nelson is very professional and concerned, same with the staff. I would highly recommend Dr. Nelson.
February 23, 2022
Receptionist were very helpful and courteous. The nurses were wonderful to me. Dr. Nelson was superb. I felt fortunate to have such a professional group taking care of my condition.
February 23, 2022
The physician was so responsive very nice and polite shook my hand and all the assistants were knowledgeable and nice as well.
February 21, 2022
Dr Nelson is OUTSSTANDING! He listens and does everything that he possible can to help. He is the kindest, most understanding doctor I have ever been to. Also his nurse Heidi is very kind and helpful.
February 21, 2022
I am satisfied with Dr. Nelson and his Team. My procedure went just as Dr. Nelson explained. Everyone treated me respectfully, I have no complaints about the professional care I received.
February 15, 2022
Dr. Nelson was excellent and his staff very helpful
February 15, 2022
Everyone was very professional and kind. Made my stay much easier.
February 13, 2022
Dr. Nelson was super thorough and spot on. He found things other doctor missed. Follow his advice and the results are perfect. Excellent in every way. Glad he accepted me for treatment.
February 12, 2022
The nurse after my [service] was particularly informed and kind. He was very good. Dr. Nelson is also very good, and I appreciate his level of skill, expertise and care.
February 12, 2022
Dr Scott Nelson is the most kind and compassionate physician. He is also very skilled and knowledgeable and goes out of his way to help you. I am forever grateful.
February 03, 2022
Heidi, Dr. Nelson's Medical Assistant was amazing! I was extremely nervous and embarrassed about my medical issue and she helped me to feel at ease and not embarrassed at all! She is kind, knowledgeable and empathetic just like Dr. Nelson! I'm glad I finally made this apt!
February 03, 2022
Dr Nelson was very courteous, His nurse Heidi made me really comfortable, receiptionist was awsome
February 02, 2022
All the staff was very friendly n caring the treatment from dr Nelson was amazing he understood exactly what I was explaining n suggested the treatment needed I am very happy with all the services I received from the clinic thank you
January 30, 2022
Quick feedback and the surgery went well. Questions answered.
January 23, 2022
Dr Nelson
January 19, 2022
The team there has been great to work with!!
January 19, 2022
Dr Nelson is a kind , caring and helpful physician
January 17, 2022
Dr Nelson and his assistant Heidi were outstanding. They are very nice people and very informed about what's going on with my body. I didn't feel embarrassed or ashamed at anything that I was going through.
January 17, 2022
All of the staff was great and treated me very kindly!
January 17, 2022
Everyone in the office is so friendly and answers all my questions. Dr. Nelson and Heidi are very considerate people.
January 17, 2022
Dr Nelson and Heidi
January 14, 2022
Dr. Nelson is wonderful, worth the drive from Ashland to Grants Pass to have him treat and advise me. He took the time to hear all of my concerns, and he helped me to feel comfortable with symptoms that were potentially embarrassing. The steps he took went a long way toward removing my discomfort, and he offered wonderful suggestions for self-care that have been tremendously helpful. When I last saw him, his final words of advice were "Stay away from surgeons." I said, "Including you?" and he responded, "Yes, I don't think you'll need to see me anymore." I hope he's right, but I would highly recommend Dr. Nelson for anyone seeking medical treatment and/or advice in an area related to his specialties. I give him an A+.
January 14, 2022
Both Dr. Nelson and his nurse Heidi are an exceptional team of providers. Heidi makes a female patient less embarrassed by being the one to ask the first questions and relaying the information to Dr. Nelson who is then prepared to lessen the patient's anxiety upon examining the patient.
January 14, 2022
Everyone I came in contact with was very helpful and considerate I absolutely have no complaints it seems like everyone was outstanding thank you
January 13, 2022
All of the healthcare providers. I am grateful to them all.
January 05, 2022
Heidi Diaz, provided excellent instruction and scheduling of upcoming surgical procedure.
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.


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