Scott grew up in Boulder Colorado and attended medical school at the University of Colorado. He went to public health school at Harvard University where an interest in Tropical Public Health was further developed, leading to a yearlong study as a Fulbright Scholar in Cali Colombia, where he studied improved diagnostic technologies to understand the epidemiology of leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (River Blindness), a leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. He completed residency then a Fellowship at Stanford University in Medicine then Infectious Disease & Geographic Medicine.

Scott currently serves with the San Mateo County California Mosquito and Vector Control Board.  He was presented the Bloomfield award in recognition of excellence in teaching of clinical medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. Since 1999, he has organized local then regional then Kaiser Nationally sponsored Travel Medicine Conferences to prepare travelers for safe international trips. In addition to his academic postings, Scott serves locally on the San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement District Board as trustee and board member.   He has worked in the clinical sector for MENTOR-Initiative training workshops about Malaria and Vector-borne diseases as well as Emergency Responses, in Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, and Myanmar.

He has recently appeared on The Doctors Show (CBS), Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic (and even the Tyra Bank’s Show in New York!) about a number of unusual parasitic diseases in humans including leishmaniasis, tapeworm, leprosy and hookworm.