Dr. Rath was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1955. After graduating from medical school he worked as a physician and researcher at the University Clinic of Hamburg, Germany, and the German Heart Center in Berlin. His research focused on the causes of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
In 1987, Dr. Rath discovered the connection between vitamin C deficiency and a new risk factor for heart disease: lipoprotein(a). After publication of these research findings in the American Heart Association journal ‘Arteriosclerosis’, Dr. Rath accepted an invitation to join two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. In 1990 he went to the United States to become the first Director of Cardiovascular Research at the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto, California.
Dr. Rath worked together with the late Nobel Laureate in various areas of nutritional research. The two scientists became close personal friends who shared common humanistic values, including their determination for a world of health, peace and social justice.
Today Dr. Rath heads a scientific research institute focusing on nutritional and Cellular Medicine. The research and clinical studies conducted at this institute have scientifically documented the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting a multitude of diseases.
Dr. Rath is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Heart Association, and other scientific organizations. His popular science book “Why Animals Don’t get Heart Attacks – But People Do” has been translated into over a dozen languages and read by millions of people throughout the world.