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July 13, 2012

Rebecca Harmon rebecca.harmon@tuhs.temple.edu



Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACSSelwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, has been named Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine, and Surgeon-in-Chief of Temple University Health System, effective July 16, 2012.


Rogers served as Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care at Harvard-affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts.


Rogers succeeds John M. Daly, MD, who served as Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery until Rogers arrival.


“Dr. Rogers’ demonstrated strengths as an academic surgeon, educator/mentor, researcher, administrator, and innovator in community service all contribute to his unique ability to direct the future growth of the Department of Surgery,” said Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences of Temple University, Dean of Temple University School of Medicine, and President and CEO of Temple University Health System, in announcing his appointment. “His outstanding ability to initiate efforts to improve access to care and outcomes, to enhance faculty development, and to enrich the educational experience for students and residents will be instrumental in our efforts to make Temple Health a leader in meeting the challenges of healthcare today and in the future.”


Temple’s Department of Surgery includes 26 full-time clinical faculty in eight specialty divisions: Abdominal Organ Transplantation; Cardiothoracic Surgery (aortic, cardiac and lung transplantation); Colorectal Surgery; General Surgery (bariatric, breast, and laparoscopic); Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Surgical Oncology; Trauma/Surgical Critical Care; and Vascular Surgery.


In his new role, Rogers will lead the Department of Surgery’s efforts in enhancing the patient-care experience, expanding surgical programs, and ensuring quality outcomes within a patient-centered environment of care. In addition, he will recruit and support faculty who will advance the department’s stature as one of the nation’s leading surgical departments, develop and promote improved business operations, and establish a research program that defines and helps distinguish Temple Surgery’s efforts at a national level.


After completing his undergraduate education at Harvard College, Rogers earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1991, after which he completed his general surgery residency, surgical critical-care fellowship, and a research fellowship in surgical oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree in public health from Vanderbilt University, while also serving as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical School and Meharry Medical College.


In 2001, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and, two years later, assumed leadership of the Section of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care Section at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. From 2005 to 2008, he developed and directed the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a joint program of Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health. The work of the Center seeks to understand the nature, quality, and utilization of surgical care – nationally and internationally. Through the collaborative and comprehensive nature of its undertakings, the Center strives to illuminate broad issues in healthcare – including the causes of medical errors, the nature of racial/ethnic disparities in healthcare, directions in quality improvement, and the important role of surgery to strengthen health systems.


Rogers’ current research focuses on improving the quality of surgical care to all people, especially underserved populations through improved understanding of the mechanisms that lead to disparities in such care and developing interventions to mitigate those disparities. He has published numerous research articles relating to healthcare disparities, the impact of race/ethnicity on surgical outcomes, and quality improvement in surgery. He has also conducted community educational forums on topics as varied as violence prevention and advocating for oneself in the healthcare setting.


He is the recipient of the Matson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Dennis Thomson Leadership and Compassionate Care Award (both from Brigham and Women’s Hospital), as well as the Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award from Harvard Medical School.


Rogers is a member of many professional societies and organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the Society of University Surgeons. He also serves on the Study Section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.