Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care

The Kingfisher, calm and at peace,
nested upon water, quieter of restlessness.

Patient Relief Request

Meet our Medical Directors

Halcyon Hospice & Palliative Care Medical Directors

Jeanie Youngwerth, MD

Jeanie Youngwerth, MD Medical Director at Halcyon Hospice
Jeanie Youngwerth is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, working as a Hospitalist at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD), and is the Director of the University of Colorado Palliative Care Service. Dr. Youngwerth was a past president of the Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of Illinois at Chicago during medical school, and completed residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is the Associate Program Director of the Colorado Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program at UCD. Dr. Youngwerth was appointed the Director of the End-of-Life and Palliative Care curriculum for the School of Medicine in 2010. In addition, she is a Volunteer Physician Educator for Life Quality Institute. Dr. Youngwerth was voted one of Denver’s Top Docs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2010 and 2012 by 5280 Magazine. Dr. Youngwerth received training at the Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice through the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care.

Donald J. Murphy, MD

Donald J. Murphy, MD, Medical Director at Halcyon Hospice
The art of medicine, especially when it comes to geriatrics, is a delicate and complex balancing act. Hope and realism must be employed in equal measure, and many agendas and factors come into play.

Dr. Donald Murphy, a co-founder of Senior Care of Colorado, is passionately committed to caring for seniors – a mission to which he’s been dedicated as a geriatrician since 1982. While he still devotes a portion of his time to seeing patients, over the years his role has evolved into that of practice leader and mentor to other providers. Dr. Murphy is most gratified when he hears positive feedback from patients and their family members – when people truly understand and appreciate the teamwork required to deliver the level of care provided by Senior Care. A graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Murphy completed his fellowship in geriatric medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in both internal and geriatric medicine, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of Denver’s Top Doctors, as chosen by his peers, in 5280 Magazine. Dr. Murphy serves on the boards of the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter and the Colorado Health Foundation. He is a “wannabe” pianist who also enjoys tennis and reading. Dr. Murphy is married with four adult children and a budding brood of grandchildren.

Seema Siraj, MD

Seema Siraj MD, Medical Director at Halcyon Hospice
I go through a process of discovery with my patients by asking them open-ended questions. “How are you doing? What do you think is going on with you?” Good medicine is about communicating with the patient using language they understand and relate to, and listening to their perspectives.

Dr. Seema Siraj is compelled and inspired by the challenges presented by the ever-changing discipline of geriatric medicine. “I love that there is always something new to learn and new problems to solve,” she says. “It changes every day.” And, as a fan of crime shows and detective novels, Dr. Siraj is adept at piecing clues together to solve the mysteries behind her patients’ often complex medical issues. Coupled with her diagnostic enthusiasm is a deep compassion and concern for the patient. Dr. Siraj was inspired to become a geriatrician when, during residency, she observed that elder patients often did not get the consideration and respect she believed they deserved. Dr. Siraj earned her MD at the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Science in India. She completed her residency in 2009 and her geriatric fellowship in 2010 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. She is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics. In her free time, Dr. Siraj enjoys reading, playing badminton and traveling around the world.

Maurice Scott, MD

Dr. Maurice (Scotty) Scott was born and raised in Denver.  After majoring in Biological Anthropology from Harvard College, he went on to medical school at UCLA, residency in family practice, and completed fellowship in Hospice and Palliative of Care at The University of Chicago. He is a board certified family medicine physician, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). Dr. Scott practices with the University of Colorado Palliative Medicine Service, a Joint Commission accredited program and is on faculty with the University of Colorado School of Medicine – Internal Medicine.

Outside of work, Maurice enjoys staying active with running, weight training, and both snow- and water-skiing.  He likes to eat and takes advantage of the burgeoning restaurant scene that has only recently developed in Denver.  He is happily partnered and has a lovable large dog, Guffman, that wants nothing else but to sit in your lap as if he weighed 5 pounds.