The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently announced that it has named Selwyn O. Rogers, a surgeon and specialist in public health, as the new vice president and chief medical officer for the University Health System. Having worked at Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Temple University schools of medicine, Rogers will also serve as assistant dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine, starting all of the functions on December, 1.
“When we interviewed Dr. Rogers for the position, his passion for patient care, quality and service was very evident,” explained UTMB executive vice president and chief executive officer for UTMB Health System, Donna K. Sollenberger.
Rogers is now leaving the duties as professor and chairman of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, a position he had held since 2012. His professional experience also includes the position of associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health and division chief for trauma, burns, and surgical critical care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also held academic appointments at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
“He is a strong collaborator and an untiring advocate for patients and the elimination of health care disparities,” noted UTMB executive vice president, provost, and dean of the School of Medicine, Danny Jacobs. “He will be an excellent fit and addition to UTMB. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Rogers to UTMB and the Galveston community.”
With a bachelor’s degree in biology, Rogers graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and earned his medical degree at the Medical School from Harvard as well. Dr. Rogers performed his surgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he completed a research fellowship in surgical oncology and a clinical fellowship in surgical critical care. He also has a master’s degree in public health from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has been granted several awards and distinctions for his contributions to teaching and patient care.