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Karen Arscott, DO, MSc, AOBNMM

Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medical Education
North Campus

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Office 3033
Scranton, PA 18509

Associate Professor of Medicine


Karen E. Arscott, DO, MSc, AOBNMM, graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in neuromuscular medicine. Dr. Arscott had a private practice in Clarks Summit, PA. From February 2004 through September 2012, she held the position of program director for Maywood University’s Physician Assistant Program. Since 2008 she has been a leader with the Northeast/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition, serving as Scranton regional director and as chair of the coalition since 2014.

In October 2012, Dr. Arscott was appointed to a position as associate professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She has presented nationally and internationally on interprofessional education in addition to scholarly publications in medical education. In addition to her position at Geisinger Commonwealth, Dr. Arscott taught the “Addiction and the Family” segment for the Student Assistance Program in Lackawanna and Wayne counties for five years. From 2005 to 2010 she organized and ran “Parent Forums” in Abington Heights to help families touched by addiction. She is a delegate to the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association and is a Pennsylvania delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates.

Dr. Arscott has been named a patient representative on the FDA Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee and on the Integration Panel for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program – Lung Cancer Research Program, has spoken on behalf of cancer patients to The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at The Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., at the Radiologic Society of North America conference and at the second annual workshop on Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) in cancer clinical trials. She was a member of Meals on Wheels of NEPA’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2016 (six years serving as chair, vice-chair and secretary); is co-chair of PA Lung, a division of Lung Cancer Alliance; was added to Lung Cancer Alliance’s Medical and Professional Board; was named Northeast Woman in June 2008 and received the Marywood Alumni Award for Excellence in Health and Human Services in June 2011. In 2015, the students at Geisinger Commonwealth nominated and voted her the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award and she was inducted into the The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. She was honored with the Geisinger Commonwealth S.T.A.R. award, which stands for “Service, Teamwork, Accountability and Resourcefulness,” in June 2016. Dr. Arscott resides in Waverly with her husband, James T. Arscott, DO and granddaughter Sophia.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine