Canadian Paediatric Society - May 5, 2016
Dr. Brent Scott (Calgary, Alta.) receives the Alan Ross Award, recognizing lifelong excellence in paediatric research, education, health care and advocacy. The Canadian Paediatric Society will present the award on June 22 at their 93rd Annual Conference, being held this year in Charlottetown, PEI.
Dr. Scott is a paediatric gastroenterologist whose work has garnered a host of grateful patients and the respect of colleagues across the country. For many years, he was a nationally prominent clinician scientist in intestinal physiology, authoring scores of peer-reviewed publications and supervising many master’s and doctoral students, and paediatric gastroenterology fellows.
After years of research work, Dr. Scott became professor and department head at the University of Calgary. This was shortly after regionalization of the health care system in Alberta, a time of significant fiscal restraint as the government aimed to eliminate provincial debt. The paediatrics department faced a recruitment and retention crisis and the old Alberta Children’s Hospital needed development and expansion. Dr. Scott worked tirelessly during the years of health system restructuring to support and develop clinical, educational and research productivity. He built the paediatrics program to be clinically and academically vigorous, innovative and increasingly successful at meeting both clinical and academic challenges.
Among his accomplishments: developing the new Alberta Children’s Hospital; creating an alternate funding plan for the paediatrics department; and establishing the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Scott has dedicated his working life to advancing paediatric medicine, research and education, and is a most deserving recipient of the 2016 Alan Ross Award.