David A Scott is Director of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia and is a Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Melbourne. He has a PhD in the neuropharmacology of neuropathic pain. He is the Chair of the Perioperative Cognition and Delirium Professional Interest Area of the Alzheimer’s Association International. He is also Immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and is a strong advocate for a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to perioperative care. Over the last decade, his research has focused on outcomes – including blood management, safety of postoperative opioids, and the cognitive effects of anaesthesia and surgery – particularly delirium and dementia. His clinical and research interests more broadly include cognitive change, regional anaesthesia, acute pain management, and cardiac and vascular anaesthesia. He has an ongoing desire to encourage and support collaboration across disciplines in the important area of perioperative cognitive disorders in the elderly.