Dr. James R. Scott completed his medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Iowa. Following a fellowship in reproductive immunology at the University of Texas/Dallas, he returned to the University of Iowa as a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty member. At age 39, he became professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
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, and evidence-based medicine. He has published eight books and over 200 scientific papers. He was President of the University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Immunology, and the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society. Active in ACOG, Dr. Scott is past chair of the Practice Patterns Committee and a former member of the District VIII Advisory Council.
In 2000, he received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Gynecologic Investigation, and in 2008 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa School of Medicine and was elected as a fellow ad eundem to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Great Britain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists granted him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Dr. Scott was the first holder of the H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Utah. After 18 years devoted to developing one of the premier academic Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he relinquished the chairmanship, but remained on the faculty. From 2001 to 2013, he was Editor-In-Chief of the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal.