Daniel Scott, M.D., is Assistant Dean of Simulation and Student Integration and holds the Frank H. Kidd Jr., M.D., Distinguished Professorship in Surgery. He studied biomedical engineering at Southern Methodist University and completed medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He pursued residency training in general surgery and completed a 2-year fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at UT Southwestern. He then joined as faculty at Tulane University School of Medicine in 2002, where he established a Simulation and Training Laboratory, a Laparoscopic Fellowship Program, a multi-disciplinary Bariatric Surgery Program, and a Robotic Surgery Program. Dr. Scott relocated to Dallas in 2005 and joined the faculty at UT Southwestern. Dr. Scott practices as a general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery and has been repetitively listed in D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas. He served as the director of a multi-department simulation program and Vice Chair of Education and Residency Program Director in the Department of Surgery, and continues to serve as Program Director of the Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship. In 2016, Dr. Scott became Director of the UT Southwestern Simulation Center, which host events for all departments and has over 25,000 annual learner encounters.

Dr. Scott is a nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in medical education, with a strong interest in competency-based training. He has authored 225 publications, including landmark studies in surgical simulation. Dr. Scott has received grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and other organizations for simulation-based training and device development research. Dr. Scott has also served in numerous national leadership roles, including President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Fellowship Council, and the Association for Surgical Education (ASE), and a member of the American Board of Surgery General Surgery Board.


Medical School
Louisiana State University School of Medicine at New Orleans (1995)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996), Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2000), Laparoscopic Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2002), Surgery

Research Interest

  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Surgical Education Using Simulators and Virtual Reality


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Laparoscopic skills laboratories: current assessment and a call for resident training standards.
Korndorffer Jr JR, Stefanidis D, Scott DJ Am J Surg (in press).
Skill retention following proficiency-based laparoscopic simulator training
Stefanidis D, Korndorffer Jr JR, Sierra R, Touchard C, Dunne JB, Scott DJ. Surgery 2005 138 165 - 70
Simulator training for laparoscopic suturing using performance goals translates to the OR
Korndorffer Jr JR, Dunne JB, Sierra R, Stefanidis D, Touchard CL, Scott DJ. J Am Coll Surg 2005 201 23 - 29
Development and transferability of a cost-effective laparoscopic camera navigation simulator
Korndorffer JK, Hayes DJ, Dunne JB, Sierra R, Touchard TL, Markert RJ, Scott DJ. Surg Endosc 2005 19 161 - 7
Robotic laparoscopic fundoplication.
Stefanidis D, Korndorffer JR, Scott DJ. Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol 2005 8 71 - 83

Honors & Awards

  • Innovative Use of Technology in Graduate Teaching Award
    Tulane University School of Medicine (2005)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Traveling Fellowship
    Transgastric, Robotic, and New Techniques in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Simulation, Collaboration with Paul Swain, MD and Ara Darzi, MD, Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK (2005)
  • SAGES Young Researcher of the Year Award
    Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (2004)
  • William Henderson Chair in Surgery
    Tulane University School of Medicine (2004)
  • Haemonetics Best Paper Award
    Association for Surgical Education (2000)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons