James R. Scott, MD
This award is presented to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to ACOG or the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology in government, research, teaching, or direct patient care.
Dr. Scott received his medical degree and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. After completing a fellowship in reproductive immunology at the University of Texas at Dallas, he returned to the University of Iowa as a faculty member in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.
At 39, he became professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was the first holder of the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served in this position for 18 years, after which he remained on the faculty. He is now adjunct professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah and the University of Iowa. He co-edits “Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology,” is an active reviewer for a number of medical journals, and is involved in improving publication of research through the Enhancing the Quality of Transparency of Health Research Network and the Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials Initiative.
As an active member of ACOG, Dr. Scott is past chair of the Practice Patterns Committee and a former member of the District VIII Advisory Council. From 2001 until 2013, he was editor-in-chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the premier journal of our specialty. He served as president of the University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Immunology, and the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society. Dr. Scott has received numerous clinical, teaching, and research awards and is an internationally recognized authority on clinical obstetrics and gynecology, immunologic problems of pregnancy, recurrent miscarriage, evidence-based medicine, and medical journal publication issues. He has published eight books and more than 200 scientific papers.