Dr. Arno Roscher always likes to acknowledge that he was born in Albert Einstein’s birthplace, Ulm Germany – the 2,000 year-old venue of the Romans. It served as their staging ground for the conquest of France and England. In addition, it is the home of the Ulmer Munster, the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral, towering 483 feet. It was erected in the mid-14th century, and is considered a cultural, scientific and architectural wonder.
His medical career has spanned more than 50 years. Dr. Roscher’s vocation began in surgery and culminated in surgical and clinical pathology. His extensive and diverse experience is well documented in a 29-page curriculum vitae.
Dr. Roscher’s medical career features a plethora of accomplishments including: serving as Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at two distinguished Los Angeles area hospitals; Granada Hills Community Hospital, and the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. In addition, he was a California state licensee in nuclear medicine, and has served as co-director in the department of nuclear medicine at Granada Hills Community Hospital in the mid-1970’s.
He is extensively recognized as an innovative author and presenter of scientific papers covering topics in radiation pathology, surgical oncology, cardiac revascularization pathology associated with aorto-coronary bypass procedures, laser pathology and hemotological subjects like idiopathic thrombocytopenic pupura, i.e. Moscovich Syndrome, described by the Doctor bearing its name in 1924.
In addition to a multitude of scientific papers and presentations, Dr. Roscher co-authored with Dr. Eugene Jussek a seminal paper "Critical Review of Contemporary Cellular Therapy (Cell Therapy) which first appeared in the prestigious American Journal of Gerontology in 1970. This highly influential paper described for the first time in an American medical journal the birth of cell therapy in Europe in the 1930’s and outlined the use of ‘embryonal cells’ for therapeutic transplantation in many different animal models as well as patients with very diverse diseases. The relatively recent discovery of human embryonic stem cells in 1998 has refocused attention to this paper because it allows re-interpretation of the earlier research: Human embryonic stem cells are the only cell type that can give rise to all types of fetal and adult stem cells. Fetal and adult stem cells in turn are precursors to all terminally differentiated cells of the body. It is now clear that the 'embryonal cells' described in Dr. Jusseks and Dr. Roschers review are in fact a mixture of fetal and early adult stem cells that have the capacity to integrate into many different types of injured tissues and organs.
Collectively, these early and initially controversial studies can now be considered the precursor to today’s regenerative medicine: They have shown for the first time that therapeutic transplantation of embryo - derived cells (called initially 'embryonal cells') can improve outcome for an exceptionally wide variety of diseases. In fact, these ground breaking papers documented the first successful use of stem cells for therapeutic transplantation. Therefore, these early studies generate a high degree of confidence that modern regenerative medicine, which is based on the use of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) as well as the very recently discovered induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), will ultimately be successful.
In 1998, Dr. Roscher visited the world famous Karolynska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden where he visited with Professor Lowehaegen, who with Dr. Sixteen Franzeen, was responsible for the reintroduction and global popularization of fine needle aspiration pathology (FNA), which was initiated in the 1930’s in New York by Dr. Ellen and Dr. Martin.
Dr. Roscher was a Los Angeles County Deputy Coroner in mid-1970’s. While there, Dr. Roscher was part of an investigative team that was tasked with finding the reason behind the tragic demise of a young patient who initially presented with unusual signs of acute renal failure. Dr. Roscher was instrumental in discovering the solution to the problem, namely, that a common industrial substance used for autoclave descaling, manufactured by a major US chemical company, and which was visually identical to granulated white sugar, had failed to be appropriately labeled as highly toxic by a packaging company. This failure led to the substance being mistakenly used in a glucose tolerance test in a Dr.'s office, which led to the patients' demise. Autopsy revealed total destruction of the patient's entire G.I. tract, and vital organs A paper describing the investigation is available on this web site
Since 1969, Dr. Roscher has produced 33 annual medical/surgical symposia at Granada Hills Community Hospital, which was co-sponsored by the California State University, Northridge (CSUN), the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the University of Southeren California ( USC) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
During his active practice, he also served as a Laboratory Inspector for the College of American Pathology, servicing hospitals throughout the United States.
Dr. Roscher currently is the associate editor for the Journal of the International College of Surgeons; and Journal of Cardiac Surgery. Since 1971, he has served on the clinical faculty at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC) in the positions of Assistant, Associate and Clinical Professor.
Respected and admired by his peers, the U.S. section of the International College of Surgeons in 1999 awarded Dr. Roscher the title of Emeritus Fellow in Cancun, Mexico at its National Meeting. In 2004, it awarded him its most prestigious honor—Honorary Fellowship. He received a “gold medal” at a cap and gown ceremony during the annual meeting of the US, Canadian, Mexican and Central American Sections of the International College of Surgeons, held on a lecture cruise to Alaska.
Since 1968, Dr. Roscher has served the International College of Surgeons, whose membership hails from 110 countries around the world, in the following positions: Secretary, President, and Five-year Regent of the California section; elected “Outstanding Regent” of the California section in 1982 at the National meeting of the US section of the ICS in Atlantic City; elected World Govenor from 1990 to 2006), and Internatinal Vice President for the parent body of the College (2006-2008).
Currently, Dr. Roscher is an Honorary Staff Member with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and Valley Presbyterian Hospital, in the Los Angeles County area. He is also Emeritus Pathologist of the College of American Pathology; and the Los Angeles Society of Pathology.
Dr. Roscher is now currently involved in the production of an exhibit, bearing his name, featuring genetics in surgery and medicine at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago.