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Arvey Rogers was born in Chicago in 1934 and moved to Beaumont, Texas, in 1942. In 1955 he obtained a BS degree from Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont-Port Arthur (after one year of medical school), and then graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, in 1958. One year later he completed a rotating internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. He then went on to continue his postgraduate studies at the University of Miami, the Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the VA Medical Center complex.
In 1964, Professor Rogers was appointed Chief of the VA Medical Center GI section, and voluntarily retired from this position in 1999. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1967, and became Chief of the Gastroenterology Division in 1994. Due to his interest in education, he was appointed as Director of Postgraduate Education for the Department of Medicine in 1993.
Professor Rogers is an active member of the American College of Gastroenterology, and was its President in 1992.
His major areas of professional interest include inflammatory bowel and diarrheal disorders.
The majority of his working hours are spent between patient care and educational activities (70%), administrative efforts (20%), and clinical research (10%).
Professor Rogers has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1961. They have three children and four grandchildren. His interests outside of work include spending time with his family, reading and traveling (whenever time allows).
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- Of the sub-specialties to which I had been exposed, I felt that GI provided me with the greatest opportunity to apply/integrate my background and interest in internal medicine. These include evaluating complaints, problem-solving, utilizing my interest in psychological aspects of GI disorders, the wide range of functional complaints, the opportunity to interact with patients over extended periods, as well as the opportunity to perform a selected range (at that time) of diagnostic endoscopic and radiologic procedures.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- In internal medicine, Raymond Gregory, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas (my alma mater); in gastroenterology, Martin H. Kalser, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Gastroenterology Division (1958-94), University of Miami.
- Which research paper influenced you the most?
- The earlier works by Alan Hofmann and his colleagues, related to disorders of bile salt metabolism and pathogenesis of steatorrhea.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- That I will more likely be remembered for the quality time I have spent with, and the love I gave to my family, than I will for what appears on my CV.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- I don't think I have made it yet; or there are too many from which to choose the biggest.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- I am reasonably content in both my personal and professional life.
- What is your greatest regret?
- Not having developed a closer, meaningful relationship with my now deceased parents.
- How do you relax?
- By sipping scotch and spending time with my family.
- What is your favorite sport?
- I enjoy watching tennis.
- What is your best place in the world?
- Italy (Florence particularly).
- What is your favorite film?
- "Chariots of Fire".
- What car do you drive?
- Honda Accord, 1995.
- What is your best electronic 'toy'?
- My home computer.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "Saving Faith" by David Baldacci.
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- I was flattered by the invitation I received from professional colleagues, whose person and/or work I respect.