Alumni Profiles

Dr. Karen E. Arscott, D.O., M.SC., AOBNMM

Class of 1981

Dr. Karen E. Arscott, D.O., M.SC., AOBNMM

Dr. Karen Arscott’s life path has been less linear—more of a circle—and, for Marywood, happily so. After receiving her B.S. degree in Biology, magna cum laude, she went on to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was awarded her degree as Doctor of Osteopathy. She trained in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, earning her degree as Clinical Master of Science in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine; subsequently receiving Board Certification in this field.

She worked with South Philadelphia Family Practices, then as House Physician with Coordinated Health Systems, Inc. in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Eventually, she chose the loop that led her back to this region and private practice—and then, a position as Manipulative Medicine Specialist at the Center for Integrative Medicine Inner Harmony in Clarks Summit. It didn’t take her long to close the circle and return to her alma mater as a member of the adjunct faculty in Marywood’s Physician Assistant Program—then in its infancy. Karen Arscott was just what the doctor ordered to help that program thrive. She served as Medical Director and Program Director. She is now employed as Associate Professor in Clinical Sciences at The Commonwealth Medical College. 

She also undertakes a healthy variety of research projects—among her most recent was a study
conducted in association with Hershey Medical Center. She often works with senior Physician Assistant students, exposing them to professional opportunities beyond the classroom. She serves on multiple University committees and in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania. She created local Parents’ Forums, which have helped countless individuals deal with drug and alcohol addiction; and was a member of “Team Lung Love” for the Philadelphia marathon and Providence, Rhode Island half marathon.

She has been featured by the Scranton Times/Tribune as a Northeast Woman, and has been honored for her work with the AOA/Fisons Pharmaceuticals Resident Allergy and Asthma Award. Her fellow graduates are also proud to prescribe a well-deserved honor by recognizing her with Award of Excellence in Health and Human Services for 2011.


2011 Award of Excellence in Health and Human Services