About Dr. Mark C. Rogers
Dr. Mark C. Rogers was the Chairman and the Director of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins for 14 years, and has both an Endowed Professorship and Lectureship named in his honor.
Dr. Rogers trained sequentially in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Anesthesiology, and Critical Care at both Harvard and at Duke and arrived at Hopkins in 1977 as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. In that role, he founded the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In 1980, at age 37, he was asked to become the inaugural Professor and Chair of the newly formed Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and continued in that post until 1991.
During his tenure at Hopkins he revolutionized the Department, changed the focus from anesthetic drug research to the physiology of critically ill patients, recruited Dr. Richard Traystman to head the research efforts, and appointed Dr. Robert Donham as Clinical Director. The very first Hopkins Medical students were recruited to the Department, followed by many other medical students from around the country. Next, Dr. Rogers pioneered in programs for dual trained individuals in Neurology, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine with Hopkins specific combined clinical and research programs. These individuals also participated in fellowship programs in Pediatric, Neurologic, and Surgical Intensive Care that not only serve Hopkins in senior positions to this day, but also lead efforts at dozens of Departments around the country and the world.
The research efforts, largely but not exclusively devoted to brain injury in ischemia and led by Dr. Traystman, quickly made the ACCM at Hopkins the number one rated department in NIH grants. The clinical effort pioneered the use of computers to schedule surgical cases and to measure "efficiency" by using the anesthetic record to record arrival time of patients and support personnel and percentage of time that the OR was in productive use.
Dr. Rogers wrote or edited 12 books, translated into multiple languages, as well as120 papers. The "Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care", now going into the 5th edition, was renamed for him as the "Rogers Textbook". He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, was awarded a special Fulbright in Slovenia, and was visiting Professor in over 50 countries.
Dr. Rogers received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School in 1989 and in 1991 he left to become CEO of Duke Hospital and Health Network. Hopkins created an endowed chair for Dr. Rogers and named the Chairman's position as "The Mark C. Rogers Professor". Subsequently, he became the Senior Vice President of the NYSE company that sequenced the human genome and then went into medical venture capital. In that role, he founded a number of pharmaceutical companies that he successfully took public or sold to public companies. He remains active in public service including as a member of a special committee that advises Congress on ways to facilitate advances in health care.