Scott Randall Gibbs, MD, 58, died peacefully on Friday, July 10, 2015 at his home in Jackson, Missouri.  He was surrounded by loved ones.

Scott is survived by  wife, Barbara Gibbs of Jackson; children, Carol (Richard) Feiner, Alexander Koenig, Eric Koenig, Elizabeth Gibbs, William Gibbs, Matthew Gibbs, Benjamin Gibbs, and Michael Gibbs; his mother, Peggy Gibbs of Ballwin; siblings, Monte (Suzanne) Gibbs of Ballwin, Michaelle (John) Trottier of St. Robert, and Jeff (Sheryl) Gibbs of Ferguson.

He is preceded in death by his father, Monte Gibbs.

Scott was born on March 11, 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He attended Parkway West Senior High School and graduated in 1975.  Scott then relocated to Columbia, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri.  There he received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Medicine degrees.  As a medical student, Scott was invited by a neurosurgery resident into the operating room to observe a procedure.  This experience allowed him to imagine a life as a neurosurgeon, a career that would define his life.  In 1992 Scott began his Neurosurgery Residency at the University Hospital & Clinics in Columbia.  He became a Board Certified Neurosurgeon in 2002.

Scott met Barbie, a Neuro ICU Registered Nurse, during his residency.  They married in October 1996 in Columbia.  After the completion of his residency the family relocated to Jackson, Missouri, where Scott built his neurosurgery practice, the Brain & NeuroSpine Clinic, in Cape Girardeau.  An accomplished neurosurgeon and businessman, he sought cutting edge technology that would improve the lives of his patients and better his community.

Scott loved his wife and children very much.  He is remembered by his family as a visionary, dreamer, artist, and compassionate father and husband.  He was a gourmet chef, a wine connoisseur, a master gardener, a helicopter pilot and a collector of all things interesting and unique. Each morning he made Barbie a latte with a heart on top.  He loved to water ski and snow ski, and boasted about his “cat-like reflexes” to his kids.  He was a world traveler who emphasized greatness and education in all things he did, no matter how small.

Scott was a passionate, dedicated physician.  He established the International Brain Foundation to promote education about the brain.  He traveled to local schools to educate children and adults about the human brain and its power.  Scott designed the Brain Balloon, the largest, most complicated hot air balloon at the time, to draw attention to his foundation.  He worked closely with the Jamaican Christian Medical Mission, traveling to Jamaica every two years to administer healthcare to hundreds of people, who were otherwise without the means for care.

He delivered hundreds of keynote speeches and presentations in the U.S. and abroad. Serving as a consultant in the healthcare industry, Scott helped to shape the products used in neurosurgery today. He formed international relationships to extend the reach of his life’s work.  He was a writer, an editor, a researcher, and an expert witness.  Scott’s integrity defined him, and he encouraged everyone he knew to hold themselves to the highest standard.

Scott Gibbs touched and saved many lives.  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues and many, many patients.

Visitation will be Friday, July 17 from 2 PM to time of Rosary, at 7 PM, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson.  A Rosary will be said at 7 PM.  At 7:30 PM, the Rev. John Harth will officiate the funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Jamaican Christian Medical Mission c/o Evangelical United Church of Christ, 33 S. Ellis Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 208 S. Hope Street, Jackson, MO 63755 (www.icjacksonmo.com); Hope Children’s Home, 709 E. Main Street, Jackson, MO 63755 (www.hopechildrenshomejackson.com).

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

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28 Comments
  1. We are so sorry for your loss. we are praying for you and your family

  2. Such a loss for family, friends and anyone who knew him. My prayers to his wife and children.

  3. Angie Mezo

    Dr. Gibbs was a wonderful, talented and kind man who saved my dad’s life back in 2006. Our family looked to Dr. Gibbs as an angel that kept our dad alive by his ability to perform two successful brain surgeries. Our entire family truly grieves and mourns the loss of such a remarkable man to our communities. I know how he prayed over my dad before every surgery. I hope he knows how much our family is praying for him these last few days. God Bless you, Dr. Gibbs. The Brewer family will never forget you.

    Angie Mezo

  4. Pam Davidson and family

    Our prayers for your family. I know what a loss this is for everyone. He was an amazing person.

  5. Derek Kutz

    I never knew Dr Gibbs, but am grateful of his work on my sister Kelsey as he saved her life through emergency brain surgery. 2 months ago Kelsey and her husband had their first child. We all know every child is a miracle, but without dr Gibbs work years ago this would have never happened.
    My prayers go out to his wife and entire family during this tough time. When the dust settles, take time to smile about whom Dr Gibbs was. Truly a miracle worker and our family thanks him!

  6. Becky

    Dr. Gibbs was a super cool doctor. I knew what it took for him to get the Brain Balloon. I had worked at Southeast Hospital for many yrs. Dr. Gibbs was always up beat and a happy man. May our Lord give his family comfort at this time.

  7. We’re sorry for your lost. He had given so much to life. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

  8. Sandy and Steve Brennan

    We are sorry for your loss and ours with the passing of Scott. What an excellent example of determination, faith, and love. Steve will dearly miss him at daily Mass and his wonderful personality both in health and in sickness. Who can ever forget his superman shirt and his determination to lead a full and awesome life! He was and is an excellent example for my family. The Brennan family will be out of town for his visitation and rosary, buy you can count on us to say the rosary at 7pm wherever we are in our travels. God Bless you and your family

  9. Jackie Clark-Otto

    Dear Barbie
    I am out of town next 12 days but my continued prayers to you and your children. I have many regrets as not coming these past fewmonths. I know you gave him so much love and care during his decline . He was such a multitalented interesting person. He gave so much to the community and many other areas of need. So sorry not to be there Thursday or Friday. May you and your children feel Gods loving arms around you. Blessings of all those wonderful memories . I will see u when I return. ❤️jackie

  10. Gene and Laura Basanta

    We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Dr. Gibbs’ death. Our hearts go out to Barbie and his family. The reason I am able to be with my family is because he saved my life. I’m so sorry, the earth has lost a great human. He will not be forgotten.

  11. Sue Craig

    Barbie and family and close firends. I have no words I can say that haven’t been said. The love and great respect I have for Dr Gibbs is enormous. He did 2 surgeries on me and the first one was very difficult for him. He was always so kind and caring to me. I could just go on and on. God’s Blessings to the family. I am so sorry he had to leave us so soon.

  12. CAROLYN KINDER RN

    SO SORRY FOR LOSS OF DR. GIBBS. HE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN AND ALSO WONDERFUL SURGEON- HE DID BRAIN SURGERY ON ONE OF MY NEPHEWS . YOU KNEW HE LIVED FOR THE LORD JUST BY BEING AROUND HIM. HE WILL BE MISSED. CAROLYN KINDER RN

  13. Kelly Elizalde

    I meet Dr. Gibbs at the survivors dinner for Relay for Life, his story that he told made me to realize what a amazing man he was. He will be greatly missed by all. Prayers for you and your family.

  14. Keith Klein

    Karen and I wish to express our sympathy for your loss. Working in the surgery department of St Francis Karen came to know and be very found of Dr. Gibbs. I know him as a patient. He cared for me for 11 years during which time we build a great report. His passing has robbed us of a true gentleman and a great mind. Our prayers are with you.

  15. My Dear Barbie ~ My many heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. I so keenly remember the beginning of your and Scott’s love story. You have been thought of much more than you know over these past years, and I will continue to hold you close in my heart.

  16. Candace Quinn

    Dear Barbie,
    My most sincerest sympathies to you and your family at this very sad time. A very bright light has been extinguished from your life yet his time with you and the work he did will forever be in your hearts.

    Warm regards,

    Candace

  17. Derrick and Windy Carlton

    Thoughts and prayers to your family from ours.
    Dr. Gibbs always took time to explain and teach when we worked together. Unfailingly kind and generous. I’m Thankful I got to know and work with him.
    The world is a little less brighter for the loss of Doc Gibbs.

  18. i worked with him when he first arrived to town. His energy and kindness was contagious. Cape/Jackson has lost one of the finest men given to earth. May God comfort the family.

  19. Mona Sanford

    I want to offer my condolences to your family. My father suffered a massive intracranial bleed in 2003. By the grace of God Dr. Gibbs was the neurosurgeon who took his case. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Gibbs for saving my father’s life. My prayers are with your family during this difficult time. God bless your family .

  20. Vicky Dannenmueller

    My beautiful,wonderful, superb surgeon is suffering no longer.

    As one of his first Cape patients,he did the best work around. My neck (I was scared to death, having lost a friend at young age due to her not following dr. Instructions) in which he was so patient and kind, back (several times) and all the lives he saved thru his brain surgeries.

    His wonderful balloon, which I went to see in my turtle shell, because my granddaughter won a first place. He just rolled his eyes and smiled, couldn’t chew me out (just said now go home)!

    I have missed his sweet smile and teasing we always shared.

    My deepest sympathy to his wife and family. Love you dearly Doc! The world has lost a great man. R.I.P.

  21. Les and Julie McAlister

    For the family: we hope that you find comfort in your faith and in each other, and also in the words of appreciation for your beloved Scott. We wish you peace in all the days ahead, and many proud and happy memories to soothe your hearts.

  22. Mona Sanford

    I want to offer my condolences to your family. My dad suffered a massive intracranial bleed in March 2003. By the grace of God Dr. Gibbs was the neurosurgeon who took his case. The care that he gave on only to my dad by also to my family was beyond amazing. I have met many physicians in my lifetime and I will always remember Dr. Gibbs for the grace and compassion that he showed his patients. He was truly a gifted physician. I will always be grateful to Dr. Gibbs for saving my dad’s life. Your family remains in my prayers during this difficult time.

  23. Rafe Pepin

    Shocked and saddened by this news. Please accept my deepest condolences Gibbs family.

  24. I first met Dr Scott Gibbs when he was completing his residency at Univ of Mo. over 20 years ago. I worked with Scott in the building of his practice and found all three of his partners. I am a neurosurgery recruiter and during this time we became friends. I have worked with over 1000 neurosurgeons and I can truly say Scott stood above the others in so many ways. Besides being an extremely competent neurosurgeon, (never had a mal-practice case) who had great outcomes in his surgeries, Scott had this ability to make a person feel they were special and he truly cared. When I visited his new offices several years ago, I found all the office members smiling and watched patients hug him.

    Scott was an inspiration to everyone. He gave back to his profession and invited me to participate in a weekend seminar he gave to graduating new residents and fellows. Scott felt and rightly so, that young upcoming neurosurgeons needed information about ‘life after residency.’ Scott was always looking forward and continually improving his practice and his profession. Other practices in neighboring communities wanted him to consult and share how he had developed his outstanding practice. When I placed two young neurosurgeons in Carbondale, Illinois, Scott contacted them and said he was willing to advise and help them whenever needed.

    Through the years, Scott would occasionally call me and we would chat about neurosurgery trends as Scott was continually interested in improving. While talking he would be taking turns holding his babies. I adored Dr Scott Gibbs, he exemplified everything I admire and respect in a neurosurgeon. He was tops in his field. I also adored Scott the person who was kind and brilliantly interesting with an open mind that was always open to new ideas. We were good friends.

    Scott had a fulfilling career and an abundant life. He was privileged to be married to a not only a beautiful but a smart and strong and loving wife. Barbie I admire your intellect and your ability to take control of Scott’s illness in these last months in such a positive way. I know the loss of Scott is profound, but I hope you can take comfort in knowing you made each day the best it could be for Scott and your family.

    I am proud to have been Scott’s friend and will remember him with a smile.

    I want to add that Dr Marius Maxwell whom I spoke with last week asked me how Scott was doing. I told him I was thinking about Scott as well and would call you. The next morning Dr Howard Smith notified me of Scott’s death. Marius asked me to express his condolences to you remembering the wonderful dinner he had at your house.

  25. Willis Hewlett

    I am saddened to here of the loss of Dr. Gibbs. He was truly a talented and gifted surgeon and did an amazing job with my back. My heart goes out to his family. I hope you find comfort knowing all the people and families he helped

  26. Margaret Caudle

    My heart broke when I found out about Dr, Gibbs. He saved my life . I prayed and prayed and prayed and I could not save his life, He was a great surgeon, I remember my last visit when the office detained me just so he could see me one more time. I want his family to know he was a great man and always worried about his family, I am blind in right eye and he ask how it happened when I told him he said that always worried him about his own children, He was a great man and I and my Husband will never forget him. We made a video for him to show just how he saved my life and I had suffered a lot and no one but him found it. I will never forget this man and sometimes I don’t understand why such a good man died and we have evil all around. I hope my prayers and peace and comfort for all his family for he will sadly be missed by all.

  27. Pam Buchanan

    My thoughts and prayers are with you over the loss of Dr. Gibbs. My only child broke his back in a car accident in 2005 and because of Dr. Gibbs he was riding a surfboard 6 months later. I have kept in touch with Dr. Gibbs over the past 10 yrs. at Christmas always telling him how grateful we were to him and always will be. He made this rough spot in our lives a lot more bearable with his skill and compassion. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful man with us.

  28. David Oswald

    Wow, sorry to hear that Scott has left us. I met him when he was in Med School and doing craft shows. I always liked him and we were kindred spirits…

    Ozzie
    aka David Oswald

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