Scott grew up in Boulder, Colorado and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1985. Later he 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 year-long adventure on a Fulbright Scholarship. In Cali Colombia, he studied improved diagnostic technologies to understand the epidemiology of leishmaniais, and onchocerciasis (River Blindness), a leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. He teaches at Stanford Medical School and directs a course in Human Biology entitled "Parasites & Pestilence". Scott practices at Kaiser Permanente in California where he heads the HIV/AIDS clinic and oversees travel medicine services. He heads the clinical sector for MENTOR-initiative training workshops about Malaria and Vector-borne diseases as well as Emergency Responses, working in Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Haiti, and Myanmar.