The Polymath: Lee Rogers, DPM, RCPS, FFPM

Editor’s Note: This is part one 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.

Connect with Dr. Rogers:

Dr. Rogers on LinkedIn
Dr. Rogers on Twitter

Notable quotes from Dr. Roger’s interview:

It helped open my eyes to understand the global nature; how different we are, but how similar we are as well.

They let me go around the hospital, and taught me how to scrub into surgery. I did all sort of stuff you would never do as a high school student in America.

To this day, whenever there is a medical emergency on an airplane – Being a doctor didn’t help, but Being an EMT or Paramedic helps

Being authoritative helps too. You have to be very decisive when you are talking to the captain.

I realized that I could do a lot of good in that field, and be a leader.

People should be proud of their profession.

Keep your eye on the ball. Know what your goals are. Don’t take no for an answer, and find your away around the no.

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