Derek Mitchell, MD received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. He completed an Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.
During his residency Dr. Mitchell was extensively involved in research in the areas of neurotrauma and acute/chronic pain with multiple publications in academic journals and critical care textbooks. He presented his research at the International Association for Research in Pain. His interest in pain medicine led him to stay in Rochester and pursue an ACGME accredited Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship.
As a fellowship trained interventional pain physician, Dr. Mitchell has developed the skills to treat patients with a wide breadth of pain pathologies: malignant pain, congenital and acquired spine disorders, musculoskeletal/sports-related injuries, work-related injuries, head and neck pain, sympathetically-mediated pain, and neurogenic and visceral pain syndromes.
Dr. Mitchell’s practice philosophy focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, emphasizing the biopsychosocial model of medicine and goal-oriented therapy to improve his patients’ function and quality of life.
He is proficient in fluoroscopic-guided spine and extremity interventions, ultrasound-guided nerve and joint injections, radiofrequency and chemical neuroablative techniques, Botox injections for migraines/chronic daily headache, spinal cord stimulation and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections.
As a native of Eastern Washington, Dr. Mitchell is excited to return to the great northwest and provide care in the Greater Spokane area. When he is not at the clinic, he can generally be found on a stream, river or lake casting dry-flies to trout of any species.