Remembering Scott Reeves




It was with great sadness that the CIHC learned of the sudden and unexpected death of Scott Reeves. Those who knew him will recall a friend and colleague who was a foundational investigator in the broad field of interprofessional education for collaborative person-centered practice.

A social scientist, who received his graduate education at the University of London, he was at the forefront of health professions education and health services research for more than 20 years. Scott’s main interests were focused on developing conceptual, empirical and theoretical knowledge to inform the design and implementation of interprofessional education and practice activities. He received grant income from a range of funding bodies across the world, and published extensively - peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, textbooks, editorials, commentaries and monographs. Many of his publications were translated from English into other languages including French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Born and raised in England, Scott has spent a decade in North America, initially in Canada where he was the inaugural Director of Research, Centre for Faculty Development, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, then moving to the USA, where he was appointed as the Founding Director, Center for Innovation in Interprofessional Education as well as Professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Following the retirement of Hugh Barr, Scott was appointed Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Interprofessional Care, and made significant contributions to other journals, including the BMJ, the Journal of Continuing Education for the Health Professions, and BMC Medical Education. Scott also holds/has held honorary faculty positions in a number of institutions around the world, including, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Dalhousie University, Canada; Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand; Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan; Queen Mary University of London, UK and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Canada. His last appointment was as Professor in Interprofessional Research at the Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, Kingston University & St George’s, University of London.

Scott has received a number of awards for his interprofessional teaching and mentorship, including the Interprofessional Education Mentorship Award from the National Health Sciences Student Association, the Ted Freedman Innovation in Education Award from the Ontario Hospital Association, and the Mentorship Award from the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.

Scott will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues around the world. His legacy, embedded in his scholarly work, will live on in interprofessional education for collaborative practice, wherever academics and practitioners seek to understand this complex and challenging field.

Scott is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their three sons, William, Ewan and Joshua, to whom the CIHC sends its deepest condolences.