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Duke sports medicine gets $20 million pledge

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Dr. Steven Scott and his wife, Rebecca Scott, have committed $20 million to expand Duke's sports medicine programs, including clinical and research program development, faculty recruitment and retention, and support for sports medicine training, the school said.

Duke Sports Medicine currently comprises the Duke Sports Medicine Clinic, Duke Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab and the Duke Sports Performance Program. It is a division of the Duke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Victor J. Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System, said in a statement, "Steve has worked closely with our sports medicine team to make a gift that will help build a multi-disciplinary program for athletes of all ages (…) this gift will be a catalyst for discovery and innovation, and we are very grateful to Steve and Becky."

President Richard H. Brodhead said in a statement that the gift will have a far-reaching effect.

"This generous gift will allow our sports medicine program to grow to better serve athletes at Duke and beyond: our trainees will go on to advance research and care, while the research insights generated at Duke will have an impact on the field of sports medicine," Brodhead said.

"I see a great opportunity for Duke Medicine to differentiate itself in sports medicine," said Scott in a statement. "I truly believe Duke Orthopaedics is one of Duke's signature programs, and I hope this gift will benefit both the department and Duke University School of Medicine."

In October, Scott and his wife committed $10 million to Duke Athletics to help support the activities and programs in a new 35,000-square-foot building that will house ticket offices, a team store and training rooms. The gift was the largest ever to Duke Athletics at the time.

Steve Scott is the retired chairman of the medical investment company, Scott Holdings, LLC. He has nearly 35 years of experience in medicine and medical business. He also serves as an assistant consulting professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University School of Medicine; president of the Scott Family Foundation; and a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida. He is a member of the North Carolina Medical Society and the Florida Medical Association, among others.

He received a medical degree from Indiana University, completed internship and residency training at Duke University Medical Center from 1974-78 and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He founded Coastal Physician Group (later named PhyAmerica), a company specializing in providing physicians and mid-level providers for emergency departments and other specialty services. Throughout the 1990s, he purchased several health maintenance organizations and eventually re-organized them into Florida Health Plan Administrators LLC/Vista Healthplan. Vista generated annual revenues of more than $1.2 billion and was sold to Coventry Health Care, Inc., in 2007.

Rebecca Scott is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who went on to earn an allied health certificate in nurse anesthesiology from Duke in 1979. She served on the board of Durham Academy, The Hill Center and the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood while the Scott family resided in Durham. After moving to south Florida, she served on the board of St. Andrew's School in Boca Raton, where the three youngest Scott children graduated from its upper school.

The Scotts, who live in Boca Raton, have five children, including two who currently attend the Duke University School of Medicine.

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