In Memoriam - R. Scott Chavez


Our condolences go out to the family and friends of R. Scott Chavez, PhD, MPA, CCHP-A, a past president of AAPA and longtime vice president of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). He died March 7, 2013, after a brief battle with liver cancer. Chavez was 63.

A former speaker of the AAPA House of Delegates, Chavez served as AAPA president from 1986-1987. He played a role in AAPA's successful effort to secure Medicare coverage of services provided by PAs in hospitals and nursing homes and when assisting in surgery (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act).

During his tenure:

  • National PA Day, Oct. 6, was established.
  • AAPA moved into the new headquarters it had built at 950 North Washington Street in Alexandria, Va.
  • Project Access, the Minority Affairs Committee activity of outreach to high school and junior college students interested in pursuing a PA career, was established.
  • Additional Medicare coverage of outpatient services provided by PAs in rural, underserved areas was approved by Congress.

In 1988, he joined NCCHC. A leading authority on U.S. correctional healthcare systems, he was widely known for his outreach and assistance to the field, giving generously of his time and energy to help institutions and individuals improve the delivery of care.

The Chavez family requests that condolences be sent to the NCCHC office at 1145 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614. Donations may be made to the Hepatobiliary Cancers Foundation. You may read more about him in a NCCHC in memoriam.  

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