Meet the master| Volume 5, ISSUE 4, P129-132, April 2020

Bennett Roth, MD

        Dr Bennett Roth (Author photos 1-13; Video 1, available online at is professor of clinical, emeritus at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Muhlenberg College and his medical degree from Hahnemann University. He completed his internship at Hahnemann Hospital and his internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After serving 2 years in the United States Public Health Service hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, he went on to complete his gastroenterology fellowship at UCLA.
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        Author photo 3Chief of staff, St. Joseph Medical Center, 1985.
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        Author photo 4Diagram of original Net concept.
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        Author photo 5Original prototype of Roth Net.
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        Author photo 6Chief, Clinical Affairs, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, in 1994.
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        Author photo 7Drs Roth and Gitnick shortly after his return to UCLA.
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        Author photo 8Past ASGE presidents and mentors, Drs Melvin Schapiro and Barbara Frank.
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        Author photo 9Drs Fleischer and Roth at the inaugural UCLA Mellinkoff course.
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        Author photo 10Dr Roth receiving the ASGE Distinguished Service Award from Dr Jeurgen Nord at DDW 1999.
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        Author photo 11Founding organizers of the Southern California Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Society. Picture includes 4 former ASGE presidents (Schapiro, Panish, Waye, and Roth) along with former AMA President Richard Corlin.
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        Author photo 12Dr Roth as moderator for the “Advances in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy” program.
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        Author photo 13Manufacturing team of Roth Net in Mentor, Ohio.
        He joined the UCLA Digestive Disease Service faculty in 1975, during which time he was chief of endoscopy, established the first gastrointestinal motility laboratory, and developed the first outpatient endoscopy unit.
        After 4 years on the faculty, Dr Roth left UCLA and entered private practice for a period of 18 years. In 1995, he left private practice and returned to UCLA as chief of clinical affairs and chief of endoscopy, positions he held until his retirement in 2016. During his career, he served as chief of medicine and chief of staff at 2 private hospitals and served on numerous committees at UCLA, including 2 terms as president of the Department of Medicine Professional Group. He is a fellow of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the American College of Gastroenterology and is a longstanding member of the American Gastroenterological Association. He has been on numerous committees for all 3 societies and served as president of the ASGE from 1994 to 1995 and as a member of the Governing Boards of the ASGE and ASGE Foundation.
        Dr Roth has been the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Distinguished Service Award from the ASGE in 1999. He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and guideline statements and has given over 150 invited lectures and symposia.
        Dr Roth is perhaps recognized best for his teaching and technical innovations, most visibly for the development and production of the Roth Net retrieval device, which continues to be an important endoscopic accessory used around the world.
        Dr Roth is married to Val and is the proud parent of Caren, Scott, and Lindsay and grandfather to Alyssa and Alexis. He is an avid golfer and has recently taken up the piano. He continues to participate actively in the UCLA gastroenterology teaching program.


        The author disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.

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