Scott A.Leckman, MD, FACS
Dr. Leckman is a general surgeon in private practice in Salt Lake City. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of RESULTS and the RESULTS Educational Fund, organizations dedicated to creating the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty. As a volunteer for over 30 years he has successfully advocated for increasing U.S. commitment to maternal and child health, fighting HIV, TB and malaria, and the spread of microfinance throughout the world.
He was Utah’s 2005 Doctor of the Year. He is a past President of the Utah Medical Association. He is Chairman of the Board of Citizens’ Climate Education, which has the mission to educate the public, media, volunteers and members of Congress on climate change solutions.
He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University. He obtained a Doctorate of Medicine and his surgical training at the University of Utah. The University of Utah, School of Medicine Alumni Association named him their 2016 Distinguish Humanitarian.
In 2001, Dr. Leckman helped initiate the Health Access Project, a program with the mission to improve access and coordinate comprehensive health care for low-income uninsured individuals in Salt Lake County. As a result, more than 600 physicians and nine hospitals in the county are providing free care to qualified individuals which has totaled, thus far, more than $26 million in donated health care. In 2014, in recognition of this effort, he received the Surgical Volunteerism Domestic Award from the American College of Surgeons.
Scott has had several experiences serving as a volunteer surgeon. As a civilian surgeon with Project Hope, working with the US Navy, he has operated on the USNS Mercy after the Tsunami in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, in Mississippi after Katrina, in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and in Latin America on the USNS Comfort. With Hernia International, he has taught local surgeons hernia repair with mosquito net for mesh, in Nigeria, Peru, Cambodia, Ecuador, Thailand, Kenya, India, Liberia and Bangladesh. In addition, he has taught laparoscopic surgery to surgeons in Mongolia.
He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City and Assistant Governor for District 5420 (Utah). He was the 2018-19 District Governor for Rotary in Utah. He regularly organizes trips for Utah Rotarians to India where they participate in Rotary greatest project, the eradication of polio, by immunizing children with polio vaccine. In 2015, he was awarded the The Rotary Foundation, Certificate of Excellence, in recognition of his valuable service to the cause of polio eradication. In May 2020, he was one of some 50 Rotarians worldwide to be recognized with the Regional Award for a Polio-Free World. This special award is given by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for significant active personal support of Rotary’s greatest “service above self” project, the final and forever eradication of polio.
In 1998, Dr. Leckman was the Democratic Party’s nominee for the United States Senate.
He lost in a landslide. He was awarded the Utah Medical Association’s Community Service Award in 1994 and again in 2004. He is a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award. In 2005, in recognition of his contribution to the community, he received the Utah Minuteman Award from the Utah National Guard. He was named Rotary District 5420’s “Rotarian of the Year”, 2010-2011. In 2008, Utah Business Magazine honored him as a “Healthcare Hero”. The University of Utah, School of Medicine Alumni Association has named him their 2016 Distinguish Humanitarian. He is the father of two sons.