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2019 Duke Pediatrics Alumni Grand Rounds

Friday, October 18, 2019
Mark Rogers

The Department of Pediatrics will host the Pediatric Alumni Grand Rounds on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, prior to the annual School of Medicine Medical Alumni Weekend, November 7-10. This year’s speaker, Mark C. Rogers, MD, MBA, is the former Chair and Director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and former CEO of the Duke Hospital and Health Network and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Event details

Date: November 5, 2019
Time: 8:00 to 9:00 am
Location: Duke North, Room 2002

Seminar Title: "Innovative Speculation About the Future of Pediatric Intensive Care”
Speaker: Mark C. Rogers, MD, MBA
Former Chair and Director of the Department Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins
Former CEO of the Duke Hospital and Health Network and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Dr. Rogers attended several medical schools under a 5-year research training grant in electrophysiology supported by the National Institutes of Health. He subsequently trained in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at Harvard (Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital) and in Pediatric Cardiology at Duke under Dr. Madison Spach. He trained prior to the creation of specific Pediatric Critical Care training and was influential in the development of pediatric intensive care as an independent medical specialty in the U.S. Dr. Rogers and colleagues wrote the original exam, thereby, helping to establish the pediatric sub-board examination for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine for the American Board of Pediatrics. 

In 1977, he began as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and Director of the new PICU at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1980, he was named Professor and Chair of the new Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, at age 37.

At Hopkins, Dr. Rogers authored over 125 papers and wrote or edited 12 books, including the eponymous, Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. Additionally, he took a sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in Yugoslavia. He founded the first World Congress of Pediatric Critical Care; the first meeting was sponsored by the Hopkins Critical Care Division and hosted in Baltimore. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. When he left the position of Chair, an Endowed Chair and Professorship, entitled the Mark C. Rogers Chair in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, was named in his honor.

While at Hopkins, Dr. Rogers completed an MBA at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, after which he served as Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University Medical Center and as CEO of the Duke Hospital and Health Network. His work at Duke was chosen for a Harvard Business School Case Study.

Dr. Rogers was next recruited to the New York Stock Exchange firm, Perkin-Elmer, as Executive Vice-President. He was intimately involved in the company’s decision to direct its DNA sequencing expertise toward the sequencing of the human genome, completed under the new company, Celera. Based on that experience, Dr. Rogers became President of a New York Hedge Fund specializing in the new field of biotechnology. He helped establish companies that received FDA approval for the treatment of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia and later went out on his own to found multiple other companies that developed FDA approved drugs for areas, such as innovative drug delivery technologies for pain. 

Dr. Rogers has been a Visiting Professor or Consultant in dozens of PICUs throughout the world, including leading a UNICEF delegation to Iran in 2018, as well as speaking at multiple World Congress meetings, including the most recent in Singapore. His trainees run dozens of PICUs throughout the world. 

Dr. Rogers’ wife, Dr. Elizabeth Rogers, is an academic physician trained in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Geriatrics. Among her many roles, she was an Associate Dean for Medical Education-Curriculum at Duke University School of Medicine. They have two children and five grandchildren.