Professor Scott is currently Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine at Imperial College London. He qualified in medicine at the Royal London Hospital in 1971. He was previously Chief of Academic Medicine and of NHS clinical service, Chief of Cardiology and Head of Molecular Medicine at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. He was founder and first Head of The institute of Genetics and Genomics and founder of the Bioinformatics Centre at Imperial College London. He previously worked at the University of California San Francisco Medical Centre.