Dr Robert Scott, Bay Area founder of AIDS Project dies
Oct 12, 2009|
A Bay Area physician, who worked to stop AIDS before the disease even had a name, has died.
During 2004, Dr. Scott became the first African American doctor to become licensed to practice in Zimbabwe, Africa
Robert Scott was one of the founders of AIDS Project East Bay in the late 1980's, to treat patients battling HIV. He was still with the organization when he died. He also fought fiercely for funding for AIDS research and treatment.
"So on the one hand there's this big teddy bear, this giant loving teddy bear, we all knew and loved and on the other hand there was this advocate and this powerful voice that could to speak to power," said Alvan Quamina, from AIDS Project of The East Bay.
In 2004 Dr. Scott adopted an orphanage for children with AIDS in Zimbabwe.
He visited several times a year, bringing supplies, and other doctors.
Dr. Scott died last night, of complications from blood clots. He was in his 65.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Mourns the Passing of Community Leader and HIV/AIDS Activist Dr. Robert Scott
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Dr. Robert Scott:
"Our community has lost a compassionate and dedicated leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Through his tireless efforts, Dr. Robert Scott gave hope to thousands of people in the African-American community who have waged a personal battle against HIV/AIDS.
"Dr. Scott was so committed to treating those infected by the HIV/AIDS virus that he became the first African-American doctor to become licensed to practice in Zimbabwe, Africa, where on a volunteer basis he frequently traveled to the country treat over 300 patients and to deliver clothes and supplies to the children of parents who died of AIDS..."
Renowned American HIV specialist dies
Oct 12 2009 www.thezimbabwetimes.com
Dr Robert Scott, a renowned American doctor who has worked treating HIV and AIDS patients in Zimbabwe for nearly 10 years, has died.
Dr Scott passed away on October 8 in Oakland, California from complications arising from blood clots.
Dr Scott was known both as an HIV/AIDS specialist and an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS in America as well as in Zimbabwe.
Although his interests were initially in the treatment of cases of HIV/AIDS patients within his own African-American community in the East Bay Area of California, he soon found himself providing life-saving care to nearly a thousand Zimbabwean patients in the Harare and Mutoko communities by the time of his own untimely death.
All the patients in Zimbabwe were treated free of charge through the efforts of the AIDS Ministry, which he co-founded at his home church, the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland California.
The Allen Temple Baptist Church AIDS Ministry has over the years provided free life-saving HIV/AIDS medications to patients at two clinics they established in Harare and Mutoko, and they also provide material support to the Mother of Peace AIDS Orphanage in Mutoko.
Dr Scott worked with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi in fundraisers that provided finances to purchase medication given to patients in Zimbabwe.
He was revered not only as a physician, but as a humanitarian as well. He inspired scores of Americans, particularly from the Bay Area of California to make life-changing trips to Zimbabwe, as they travelled to volunteer at the Zimbabwe clinics and the orphanage. Hundreds of Bay Area volunteers continue to organize and support the clinics, families and children impacted by HIV and AIDS in Harare and Mutoko. Dr Scott and his entourage of volunteers travelled to Zimbabwe from the USA at least four times a year, to hold free HIV/AIDS clinics for the nearly 1000 patients whose lives depended upon the medications provided through the Allen Temple AIDS Ministry.
He was the winner of numerous awards in recognition of his work with HIV/AIDS patients in the United States and in Zimbabwe.
The funeral service for Dr Scott will be held Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 AM at Allen Temple Baptist Church.
Articles of interest:
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, June 4, 2006
A Man on a Mission
By Louis Freedberg
Physician Robert Scott is split between a busy practice in Oakland and another treating AIDS patients in Zimbabwe. Read article.
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, June 5, 2006
Disease Denial Devastating for African Americans
By Leslie Fullbright
Blacks are most Vulnerable: Group sustains more than half of new U.S. infections, deaths, but effort to inform intensifies. Read article.
Dr. Robert Scott, Second Recipient of the 2005 Community Service Award
Robert ScottThe 2nd recipient of the 2005 Community Service Award is Dr. Robert Scott from Oakland, CA. Dr. Scott has been an outstanding provider of HIV care since the beginning of the HIV epidemic and currently travels regularly to Africa, bringing needed medications and providing HIV expertise to clinics there. He is a wonderful example of a Bay Area community member committed to serving on both a local and global level.
Born in Chicago, Dr. Scott earned his BS at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, MS and M.Ed at University of Illinois, and MD at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Scott came to Oakland in 1969 as an instructor at Laney College. He completed an internship in medicine at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1975, and a residency in internal medicine at Stanford University Hospitals in Palo Also, California in 1977. He is a Regent's Scholar of the University of California and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Beta, and other national honor societies. He has served as a clinical instructor at the Medical Schools of the University of California, San Francisco, Davis, and Stanford University.
Dr. Scott's Oakland, California based practice serves over 4,000 patients, over 400 of whom have the HIV virus-in typical 13-hour work days. A leading advocate for HIV/AIDS treatment and research, Dr. Scott has led best practices in urban HIV prevention/treatment. Dr. Scott is frequently asked to address practitioners and medical professionals throughout the United States and abroad.
Dr. Scott is known for his support and contribution to many organizations throughout the community. He is an elected Board Member of the Project Open Hand, Families Created by Adoption, and the HIV Trial Researchers. Dr. Scott is also a co-founder, and co-chair of the AIDS Project of the East Bay, the first and largest service organization in Alameda County. In addition, he is an usher at Allen Temple Baptist Church, where he chairs the AIDS Ministry Committee.
During 2004, Dr. Scott became the first African American doctor to become licensed to practice in Zimbabwe, Africa. He maintains, on a volunteer basis, over 300 patients in Zimbabwe. He travels biannually to Zimbabwe, where he delivers clothing/supplies from Allen Temple to children whose parents died of AIDS. For all his work, Dr. Scott was awarded the Humanitarian award in Oakland for his HIV efforts and community services.
Dr. Scott is father not only to his adopted son Melvin; he is a father-figure to the AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe, a confidante to thousands of HIV positive patients, and is a community role model. Indeed, Dr. Scott's commitment to those who are in need cannot be underestimated-he even still makes house calls.