Dr. Auschlander was the Chief of Services at St. Eligius, and had ties to the hospital from its very beginning. Fair and kind, he was well thought of by nearly everyone at St. Eligius. He had been diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer shortly before the series began, and his long term survival was not expected. However, he underwent an intensive course of chemotherapy during season 2 and into season 3, which sent his cancer into remission. He often served as a confidant and mentor to Westphall as well as, occasionally, to Craig. A severe stroke (not related to his cancer) finally claimed his life in the final episode. However, in the final scene of the series, it is implied that he is actually Westphall's father and Tommy's grandfather, and is alive and well.