Casey Mitchell Drawert, M.D.

  • Born: December 17, 1973
  • Died: March 11, 2016
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

December 17, 1973 – March 11, 2016

Casey Mitchell Drawert, M.D., age 42, a loving mother and dedicated critical care anesthesiologist, died unexpectedly on Friday, March 11, 2016. Casey left this earth too early for us to understand. She was born in Shreveport, LA, on December 17, 1973, and graduated from Loyola College Prep in 1991. She received a BS in Nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University, and subsequently practiced as a nurse for six years, during which time her love for medicine grew. She then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in San Antonio receiving her medical degree in 2005. Upon graduation, she completed a general surgery internship and an anesthesia residency at UTHSC. She then completed a critical care fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. Casey truly excelled at everything she set her mind to do. She received awards for the excellent patient care she provided at every step of her training. Casey was inducted into the prestigious Gold Humanism Honor Society during medical school. In residency, she was nominated as the most outstanding resident in both critical care and obstetric anesthesia. At the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation, she was honored to be their Fellow of the Year in her specialty. In 2011, she moved back to Texas, her home of 20 years, to start her life as a practicing physician in both academic medicine and private practice. The last five years have been full of rich experiences as she gave back to her community through teaching medical residents and students, saving lives, and being a doctor to so many in need. She loved to travel, and she always gave back to those in need in several ways, including her annual medical mission trip to Ecuador. Her trainees described her as "an amazing mentor, motherly, brilliant, genuine, down to earth, and passionate." The most perfect descriptions of her, however, come from two of her colleagues: "funny, vibrant woman with a big heart, strong faith, and a sharp wit" who "puts her entire heart and soul into caring for patients."
It was well known that her true passion was being a mother. Her children were miracles for her, and they became her everything. She was incredibly organized, thoughtful, and present for them despite her prominent position in her career. She helped lead Girl Scout events, and she volunteered regularly at the kids' schools. Active in her church and a faithful Christian, she did everything with intentionality and grace. During the times when her love and advice are missed, all can be comforted that she chose to provide life through organ donation, a true act of love. Casey is survived by her two beautiful children, Molly and Hudson, and their father, Steve Drawert; her loving mother, Donna Lowderback Austin; and her father and step-mother, Gary and Val Mitchell. She was also dearly loved by her aunts, Patsy Weeks and Francis Mitchell, and her many cousins. She had a special cousin, Dr. Brittni Miller who followed in Casey's footsteps to become a physician. Casey's cherished step-siblings are Carey Holm, Jessica Austin Jack, Skip Austin, Sarah Greer, Libby Jester, and all of their spouses and children. Casey was proceeded in death by her brother, Colby Mitchell; her step-father, John Austin; and grandparents, Mandy and James Lowderback and Modene and Ralph Mitchell; as well as her uncles, Larry Weeks and Thomas Mitchell. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2016, at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Casey's favorite charity, Camp Xmatkuil, a mission outreach in Mexico, by going to and mentioning Fund ID #4052. Otherwise you can donate to National Domestic Violence by going to


Condolence & Memory Journal


I only met Casey once but have known Donna and Gary all my life! My thoughts are prayers are with them and those precious children!

Posted by Sharon Dickerson - Madison, MS - Friend   April 02, 2016

To Casey's children and family: From a fellow anesthesiologist: Honor your mother's memory by being the best you you can be. Be kind, work hard, find people you love. When you have a problem, run straight at it looking for ways to solve it. It will allow you to rise to a higher more interesting level of problem solving and will make your life much richer. Find friends, talk about your mom, laugh, remember. She would want you to do all these things. All my love and support. Sarita Brouwer, M.D.

Posted by Sarita Brouwer, M.D. - Newton, MA - Friend   March 16, 2016

Donna and Family...I am so very sorry for your loss....what a beautiful and accomplished daughter. Prayers and blessings to you from Shreveport. Patti Scheen Carmical asked for prayer for you and your family at Summer Grove Baptist Church choir practice Monday evening. Please know that we are all praying for you and will continue...

Posted by Patsy Foster - Shreveport, LA - Classmate   March 15, 2016

Estimado Gary, Donna y familia, en Latacunga y el Ecuador estamos muy dolidos por la prematura partida de nuestra hermana la Dra. Casey Mitchell; estamos muy agradecidos por el amor con el que venía cada año a servir acá en nuestro país, queríamos que sepan que la semilla cayó en buena tierra y ya creció; estamos orando para que la paz de Dios llene sus corazones, un abrazo de nuestra parte.
Félix Torres, Pastor de la Iglesia Bautista de Latacunga. Marzo 15/ 2106

Posted by Félix Torres - Latacunga, Ecuador - Friend   March 15, 2016

Although I did not have the pleasure of personally knowing Dr. Drawert, she sounds like a wonderful mother, daughter, friend, colleague and generous spirit whose light was extinguished much too soon. May her love and legacy fill the empty spaces left behind in those who had the privilege of traveling her path.
With deepest sympathy,

Posted by Amy Goff - Austin, TX - Friend   March 15, 2016

To Donna and family,
Curt and I are praying for you and your family.
While we never actually met Casey we felt we knew her through our friendship with Donna.
What an accomplished daughter, mother and professional !

Posted by Curt and Becky Hudson - Milford, DE - Friend   March 15, 2016


I had a hard time to find the words to express how much Casey touched my life, Casey and her work and life was beyond words. Each thing that she did was incredible. I had the privilege of working with her, learning from her, and seeing her awesome compassion, wisdom and faith that she gave to everyone that she came into contact with. Casey always had a kind word and a wonderful smile for you. I remember when Casey was pregnant with Molly how she would just GLOW and was so very happy and excited about her baby coming soon. Words of comfort will never be enough with this senseless tragedy that took Casey way too soon, but please know that I send prayers of comfort, and love at this time. May God bless each and everyone of you.
LeAnn S. March 14, 2016

Posted by LeAnn S - Bulverde, TX - Acquaintance   March 15, 2016

Wanted to share a nice memory of Casey. When we were interns together she convinced us to name our new puppy after her, which we did. She always got a good laugh out of it afterward when I told her our Casey was chewing socks or terrorizing the other dogs. Every time I saw her she asked about her canine namesake.

Never saw her without a smile on her face. A truly lovely person. Very very sorry.

Posted by Steve - Dallas, TX - Coworker   March 15, 2016


If Casey was anything like her mother, she was a wonderful lady. My heart is so broken with sadness at her tragic death. I am praying for you, Donna, the children, and all of the family and friends. Grace and peace and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you all. - Friend of Donna and John Austin

Posted by Bonnie Utter - Hot Springs Village, AR - Friend   March 14, 2016

I still remember me as an intern and you as my critical care fellow. Your enthusiasm for work and your constant humor. Casey you were special.RIP.

Posted by Ashish Khanna - Cleveland, OH - Student   March 14, 2016


Our prayers are with her children and family and friends.
As a great book foretold earth has no sorrow that heaven can't cure. So we call on God in these times to comfort the family, and to help and keep the family. We celebrate Dr. Casey through our memories and all that she has done to educate, build up, and give back, and may her work never be forgotten. May her love and compassion live on through her children and family and students who were blessed to have her as a mentor.

Posted by Stephanie Coats - San Antonio, TX   March 14, 2016

wish I could be there, love to all Laurey Oxley

Posted by Laurey - Pflugerville, TX - Friend   March 14, 2016


Grace, grace, grace to you and your family during this incredibly difficult time. Prayers sent
on behalf of you and the children. Myra Joseph

Posted by Myra Joseph - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   March 14, 2016


Dr. Drawert you will be greatly missed. It was an absolute honor and pleasure to of worked with you. There are no words to express how much sadness is in my heart for you and your family. You and your family will forever be in my heart and prayers.

Posted by Della Partin - Devine, TX - Coworker   March 14, 2016

To Donna and family, Please know that Mary and I have you in our thoughts and prayers daily ! "May the Lord bless you and keep you ".

Posted by Keith Pruitt - Mangham, LA - Friend   March 14, 2016

There are no words that can comfort you in this very difficult time. Know that we are praying for your family and you face this unexpected loss. May God comfort you in the days to come.

Posted by Rob and Lari Jump - Springfield, MO - Family   March 14, 2016

There are no words to express the sorrow felt for you and your family. May God reach out and hold you up in his loving arms and provide peace to your soul through this sad time. My prayers and love, I send to you.

Posted by Jeneal Waggoner Broussard - Erath, LA - Friend   March 14, 2016

I have so many memories of Casey, but the one that is the brightest in my mind is of her reassuring me that I would make it through my first pregnancy after a loss. She truly understood the terror of pregnancy with no living children after losses of her own. I know how she cherished her children and was always in awe of how well she could balance work and motherhood. She was an amazing Doctor and just fun to be on call with. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life, but I am there in spirit remembering her and mourning.

Posted by Kristyn Ingram - El paso, TX - Friend   March 14, 2016

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