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Dr. Richard Scott is a reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician and gynecologist. He is a professor and fellowship director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is also certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as an embryologist and andrologist, and as a high-complexity clinical laboratory director. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School, and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. Scott first learned about IVF when most everyone did, when this revolutionary procedure made news for the first time in 1977. When the first birth after IVF treatment was announced in 1978, Dr. Scott was a first-year medical student eagerly gathering all the knowledge he could about what was then the hottest topic of the moment. He was always irresistibly curious about IVF, and knew he wanted to devote himself to embryology and research. He has pursued the field of assisted reproduction from the start, watching and forming part of its evolution year after year. As a founding partner and laboratory director for RMANJ, Dr. Scott says the shared quizzical mindset of his staff allows them to bring more technology to bear in less time, meaning faster answers for the patients they treat. Dr. Scott is committed to advancing the reproductive medicine field as a whole, and shares the latest developments at RMANJ with medical professionals around the world: “We have very talented people in every position, a world class embryology lab and research center, and relationships that are unique to us,” he says. “We are creating and validating technology before others even know it’s out there, enabling us to offer outstanding, science-based clinical care, delivered compassionately. I travel and teach all over the globe. We do unique things here, and when you do that, you share what you learn. You bring the rest of the world along,” he says. “If you lead, lead from the front.” In addition to his team of distinguished physicians, he says the unique clinical and laboratory training offered by the Jefferson-RMA REI Fellowship program also attracts the best and brightest from around the country. Last year, 80 prospective fellows applied for one position. Besides his work, Dr. Scott’s passions include flying airplanes of any kind. The son of a test pilot, he says he could fly before he could drive, and has taken the controls in the cockpit of everything from a commercial jet to a high-performance aerobatic plane.