Rachel K. Scott, MD, MPH, is the Scientific Director of Women’s Health Research for MedStar Health Research Institute and a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MHWC). Dr. Scott’s passion for women’s health and commitment to underserved women drives both her clinical career and her commitment to clinical and translational research. She currently divides her time between clinical care and research, primarily focused on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and HIV prevention in women. Dr. Scott is the director of the Women’s Center for Positive Living, MWHC’s HIV Obstetrics and Gynecology practice within the Department of Women's and Infant Services. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is an assistant professor at Georgetown University Medical Center and is active in resident and medical student education and mentorship.
Dr. Scott’s current research includes a highly competitive K23 award to study the behavioral health determinants of adherence during pregnancy and postpartum in women living with HIV. Additionally, she is the primary investigator on a collaborative study with the D.C. Department of Health studying patterns of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use in women at high risk for HIV.
Dr. Scott was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the George E. Stevens Teaching Award by both MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MWHC for her role as a teacher and research mentor. As a resident, she was a two-time recipient of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Teaching Award.
Dr. Scott is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and she is a member of the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research.
Her medical degree is from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She then continued her medical training with an internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her master's degree in Public Health is from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, where she studied International Health and Development and participated in coursework conducted in Cuba and Guatemala. Dr. Scott is fluent in Spanish and English.
Dr. Scott’s research interests include
- HIV prevention in women and PrEP
- Obstetric and gynecologic care of women living with HIV
- Hepatitis C and Pregnancy
- Contraceptive and condom use
- Disparities in healthcare among low-income women