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Terry, Mississippi United States
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Interview Date: 12/13/2017

Medical professor and family practitioner Dr. Robert L. Scott was born in Terry, Mississippi on December 20, 1936 to Joe Smith and Wilma Porter Smith. Smith attended Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, where he earned his bachelors of arts degree in chemistry in 1957. In 1961, Smith earned his M.D. from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After completing his clinical training at the West Side Medical Clinic of Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Smith returned to Jackson, Mississippi and founded the Family Health Center (now called the Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.).

In 1964, Smith worked with the Medical Committee for Human Rights to provide medical services for civil rights workers during Freedom Summer in Jackson, Mississippi. He was MCHR’s first Southern Medical Field Director. Smith worked as an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical School, where he participated in the development of the Family Medicine Program as a co-principal investigator with the National Research Program’s Arteriosclerotic Risks in Community Studies. Smith was an adjunct professor at Tufts University in Boston, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, and Jackson State University. He holds a retired emeritus position in the department of community medicine at Brown University. Smith assisted in institutionalizing the pre-health program at Tougaloo College.

In 2011, part of Jackson Metro Parkway was renamed in honor of Dr. Robert L. Smith. In 2014, Smith received the Community Service Award from the Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State of Institutions of Higher Learning. In 2017, the Mississippi senate honored Smith for his community health work. Smith was a charter diplomat of the American Board of Family Physicians and a charter fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is an active staff member of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Central Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Robert L. Scott was interviewed by TheHistoryMakers on December 13, 2017.

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