In honor of Black History Month, we will be running a blog series written by HSS physicians and medical staff. Our first installment is written by Dr. Daphne Scott.
I’m the newest physician on the Primary Care Sports Medicine Service, currently seeing patients at our Stamford Outpatient Center as well as on our main campus. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, I went to the University of Nevada for medical school. Following medical school, I went to the University of Washington for Family Medicine Residency, and completed my Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona. I moved to New York City this past July and couldn’t be happier with my move and have been using my spare time to explore the city!
I was initially inspired to go into medicine by my Pediatrician, Dr. Beverly Neyland. Growing up, I was in complete awe that I had a doctor, who not only looked like me, but was also an outstanding member of our community. She provided outstanding care for both my sister and myself and is still an Attending Physician at my medical school. I was overjoyed to have her present at both my match day as well as my graduation!
My greatest motivators along my journey have been my parents. I am so lucky to have a mother who has always instilled in me the importance of a strong education and hard work. She and my father, who passed away after my first year of medical school, supported my dream of becoming a physician throughout high school, college, and graduate school.
I went into Family Medicine knowing that I wanted to pursue a fellowship in Sports Medicine. From the beginning, I kept the outlook that in order to be a great Sports Medicine Specialist, I first had to become an excellent Family Medicine Physician. During my three years in Seattle, I worked hard to provide exceptional and compassionate care for my parents. I truly believe that my background in Family Medicine helps to make me a better Sports Medicine Specialist.
For aspiring physicians, I strongly encourage you to find a mentor. The journey to becoming a physician is long and at times extremely difficult. It is important to have someone who has been through it in your corner. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support of some amazing mentors that I have met along the way. It has been an honor to come to work at HSS and I look forward to continuing to care for the wonderful patients who choose to come to HSS for their care.
Dr. Daphne A. Scott is an Assistant Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery. She specializes in the non-surgical treatment of acute, overuse, and chronic injuries. She is board certified in Family Medicine and has a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine.