American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

2014 Domestic Volunteer Award: Scott A. Leckman

Dr. Leckman with the staff of the Health Access Project of Salt Lake City.

Dr. Leckman with the staff of the Health Access Project of Salt Lake City.

 

Scott A. Leckman, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Salt Lake City, UT, received the 2014 Surgical Volunteerism Domestic Award for his efforts to provide free health care to low-income, uninsured residents of Salt Lake County. He helped establish the Health Access Project (HAP) in 2001. As president-elect and later president of the Utah Medical Association, Dr. Leckman led the effort to recruit members of the Salt Lake County Medical Society to participate in HAP’s volunteer provider network, speaking at medical meetings throughout the county. He is involved in lobbying for the fight against the diseases of poverty, such as the human immunodeficiency virus, tuberculosis, and malaria, as well as for microfinance and universal access to basic education. Dr. Leckman is also chairman of the board of RESULTS, a not-for-profit organization that creates political will to end poverty, where he has volunteered for 30 years. He is also leading an effort to lobby Congress to support a resolution at the World Health Assembly that would call for making access to essential surgical and anesthesia services a priority in low- and middle-income countries.

Drs. Francis Ferdinand, Bartholomew Tortella, Scott Leckman, Gary Timmerman, Kevin Behrns