Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part discussion with Dr. Rogers. We found this discussion so relevant to today’s healthcare challenges, we decided not to leave anything behind.
Dr. Lee Rogers is a fellowship-trained podiatrist in diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Rogers is the Chief of Podiatry and Associate Professor of Orthopedics at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has authored over 150 published papers, books, and book chapters on limb salvage and policy and practice and he has delivered more than 500 lectures around the world.
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Dr. Rogers is currently the President of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine where he led the effort to create the certificate of added qualification program and authored the Board’s guidance on hospital and surgical privileges for podiatrists.
Dr. Rogers is the Associate Editor (Diabetic Foot Section) for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He received the Rising Star Award from the American Podiatric Medical Association for outstanding national accomplishments in 2011 and selected as one of the most influential podiatrists in America by Podiatry Management Magazine. He was the chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Foot Care Council. Dr. Rogers is one of a select few American podiatrists to be honored as Fellow Faculty of Podiatric Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Previously, Dr. Rogers served as the medical director of the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, a division of RestorixHealth, managing 230 wound centers in 35 states.
Dr. Rogers’s work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, US News & World Report, and he’s been a guest on ABC’s The Doctors Show and featured on PBS’s American Medical Journal and Al Jazeera International’s The Cure.
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Dr. Rogers Prescription for Success:
Number 1: Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. Create the opportunities you want, don’t wait for them to just appear. Create your own future.
Number 2: Don’t be a flat squirrel. Be decisive in the things you are doing. Make a decision, and move on.
Number 3: Don’t burn any bridges. If you burn your bridges, and you ask the same person to send you a boat. It’s probably not going to happen.
Notable quotes from Dr. Rogers’ interview:
You want to raise that standard of care to what is the best practice. That’s the goal. To raise the standard of care to mirror the best practice.
We are all doing this for the same reason, and I see it as my duty.
I remember the day I met them. I walked in, and the hospital introduced me. ‘Oh, these people are going to be managing the center.’ Well, you better find another doctor because I don’t work with management companies.
I do want to be involved in some checklist medicine. Just like I want a pilot to go through a checklist when they are just starting the flight, or there is a problem. I’d like my doctor to do that too.
It’s funny, when you get into politics, and you are not provocative and or emotional about certain topics, you don’t do as well.