Lee Rogers (podiatrist)

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Lee Rogers
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Born (1978-02-27) February 27, 1978 (age 43)
Elgin, Illinois, United States
Alma materTruman State University
Des Moines University

Lee Christopher Rogers (born February 27, 1978) is an American podiatrist from Los Angeles, California. He is most known for his work preventing amputations in diabetes and treating Charcot foot and he has helped define the qualifications of doctors of podiatric medicine and the privileging process for hospitals and surgery. He was the Democratic nominee for US Congress in California's 25th district in 2012, and lost in California's top-two primary in June 2014.[1] Rogers is also known as a film producer.


Early life and education[edit]

Rogers was born in Elgin, Illinois to George Robert and Madelynn Jean Rogers and moved to Gallatin, Missouri at a young age. He attended primary and secondary school in Gallatin. He was awarded the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship and spent his senior year in Uetersen, Germany.

Rogers attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri from 1996 to 2000. He graduated with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2004 where he was president of the student body. He completed a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery at Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in New York, New York and then later a fellowship in limb salvage and research with David G. Armstrong at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois.

Des Moines, Iowa[edit]

Following his fellowship, Rogers founded and directed the Amputation Prevention Center at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. While in Iowa, Rogers described the six steps to preventing amputations and published a reduction in major amputations by 72%.[2] Rogers won first place for outstanding research from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) in 2007 for mesenchymal stem cell research on wounds[3] and 2009 for hi-tech wound measurement techniques.[4] He proposed simple measures to reduce costs of amputations in the healthcare system.[5]

Los Angeles, California[edit]

Rogers was recruited to Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles in 2009 to co-create the Amputation Prevention Center. In December 2013, Rogers became the executive medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital. He created a unique inpatient and outpatient facility which greatly improved upon existing limb salvage and wound healing rates by using a team approach with the most modern tools and techniques.[6] In 2014, a medical director of Valley Presbyterian Hospital claimed that Rogers was fired as medical director, which Rogers disputed and he later sued the hospital for breach of contract which led to an undisclosed monetary settlement to Rogers.[7] He founded the Amputation Prevention Centers of America, while medical director of Paradigm Medical Management, a trademark now owned by RestorixHealth, Inc, where he currently serves as medical director. Rogers served as co-director of the Global Diabetic Foot Conference (DFCon) from 2010 to 2013.

Academic work and recognition[edit]

Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. has authored more than 150 published articles, books, or book chapters on the lower extremity complications of diabetes, their costs, and health policy. He has delivered more than 500 speeches and his work has brought him to all 50 states and more than 30 countries.[8]

In 2009, he became Chair of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association and his most noted accomplishment was the creation of consensus guidelines for the treatment of Charcot foot which took place at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France. The guidelines were jointly published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association[9] and Diabetes Care[10] and is the most frequently referenced paper on the syndrome. He received the Rising Star Award from the APMA in 2011 for outstanding national accomplishments. In 2013, he received the Master's Award from the American Professional Wound Care Association.[11] Rogers was named by Podiatry Management Magazine as One of America's Most Influential Podiatrists in 2017. He was one of fewer than 20 American podiatrists ever selected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2017.[12]

After serving several years on the exam committee,[13] Rogers was elected as a board member of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, where he founded the Certificate of Added Qualification in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care. The exam was first offered by the Board in 2017. Rogers founded the American Board of Podiatric Medicine - International in 2019, which is the first board exam offered to podiatrists outside the United States.

Rogers has been instrumental in defining the role of podiatrists on the healthcare team and within health systems. He co-authored the Toe-Flow Team Guidelines [14] and the Global Vascular Guidelines[15] published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He also authored privileging guidelines for podiatrists working in hospitals, supervising hyperbaric oxygen treatment,[16] and the ABPM's position statement on hospital and surgical privileges for podiatrists.[17]

Rogers or his work has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal,[18] U.S. News & World Report,[19] the Washington Post,[20] CBS News,[21] and many medical specialty magazines.

Political endeavors[edit]

Rogers, a Democrat, ran for US Congress in California's 25th district.[22] He lost after giving incumbent Congressman Buck McKeon a strong challenge.[23] After speculation that Congressman Buck McKeon will retire in 2014,[24] Rogers announced his candidacy for the seat again[25] and was endorsed by the Los Angeles Times.[26] Two Republicans edged out Rogers in California's new top two primary for the run off in the June 2014 election. Rogers endorsed Republican Steve Knight over Republican Tony Strickland which drew criticism from the Democratic Party,[27] but Rogers stated, "I didn’t create the rules and I care too much about our district to let it fall to a dishonest carpetbagger who is interested only in himself, like Tony Strickland."[28] He later withdrew his endorsement of Knight over his refusal to ban the sale of the Confederate Flag in the California Capital.[29]

He has been highly critical of the American healthcare system and the pharmaceutical industry for their focus on profits over patient care.[30]


In 2015, Rogers became a producer of films[31] after one of his patients, Stephen Furst, introduced him to the industry. He has made a cameo in some of the films he has produced.


  1. ^ Holt, Jim (February 2, 2012). "McKeon, Rogers count their contributors". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
  2. ^ Rogers, LC; Bevilacqua, NJ (March–April 2010). "Organized programs to prevent lower-extremity amputations". Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 100 (2): 101–4. doi:10.7547/1000101. PMID 20237360.
  3. ^ Rogers, LC; Bevilacqua, NJ; Armstrong, DG (March 2008). "The use of marrow-derived stem cells to accelerate healing in chronic wounds". International Wound Journal. 5 (1): 20–5. doi:10.1111/j.1742-481X.2007.00349.x. PMC 7951309. PMID 18179555. S2CID 35672676.
  4. ^ Rogers, LC; Bevilacqua, NJ; Armstrong, DG; Andros, G (July 2010). "Digital planimetry results in more accurate wound measurements: a comparison to standard ruler measurements". Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. 4 (4): 799–802. doi:10.1177/193229681000400405. PMC 2909508. PMID 20663440.
  5. ^ Rogers, LC; Lavery, LA; Armstrong, DG (March–April 2008). "The right to bear legs--an amendment to healthcare: how preventing amputations can save billions for the US Health-care System". Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 98 (2): 166–8. doi:10.7547/0980166. PMID 18348977. Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  6. ^ Rogers, LC; Andros, G; Caporusso, J; Harkless, LB; Mills JL Sr; Armstrong, DG (September 2010). "Toe and flow: essential components and structure of the amputation prevention team". Journal of Vascular Surgery. 52 (3 Suppl): 23S–27S. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2010.06.004. PMID 20804929.
  7. ^ "UPDATE: Congressional candidate Lee Rogers sues Valley Presbyterian Hospital". Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  8. ^ "Lee Rogers named one of America's most influential podiatrists". 14 June 2017.
  9. ^ Rogers, LC; Frykberg, RG; Armstrong, DG; Boulton, AJ; Edmonds, M; Van, GH; Hartemann, A; Game, F; Jeffcoate, W; Jirkovska, A; Jude, E; Morbach, S; Morrison, WB; Pinzur, M; Pitocco, D; Sanders, L; Wukich, DK; Uccioli, L (September–October 2011). "The Charcot foot in diabetes". Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 101 (5): 437–46. doi:10.7547/1010437. PMID 21957276.
  10. ^ Rogers, LC; Frykberg, RG; Armstrong, DG; Boulton, AJ; Edmonds, M; Van, GH; Hartemann, A; Game, F; Jeffcoate, W; Jirkovska, A; Jude, E; Morbach, S; Morrison, WB; Pinzur, M; Pitocco, D; Sanders, L; Wukich, DK; Uccioli, L (September 2011). "The Charcot foot in diabetes". Diabetes Care. 34 (9): 2123–9. doi:10.2337/dc11-0844. PMC 3161273. PMID 21868781.
  11. ^ "Lee C. Rogers, D.P.M.'04". 2013-06-10.
  12. ^ "Las Vegas doctor honoured in Glasgow for pioneering diabetes work".
  13. ^ "Lee Rogers named one of America's most influential podiatrists". 14 June 2017.
  14. ^ Rogers, Lee C.; Andros, George; Caporusso, Joseph; Harkless, Lawrence B.; Mills, Joseph L.; Armstrong, David G. (2010-09-01). "Toe and flow: Essential components and structure of the amputation prevention team". Journal of Vascular Surgery. 52 (3): 23S–27S. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2010.06.004. ISSN 0741-5214. PMID 20804929.
  15. ^ Conte, Michael S.; Bradbury, Andrew W.; Kolh, Philippe; White, John V.; Dick, Florian; Fitridge, Robert; Mills, Joseph L.; Ricco, Jean-Baptiste; Suresh, Kalkunte R.; Murad, M. Hassan; Aboyans, Victor (June 2019). "Global vascular guidelines on the management of chronic limb-threatening ischemia". Journal of Vascular Surgery. 69 (6): 3S–125S.e40. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2019.02.016. PMC 8365864. PMID 31159978.
  16. ^ Rogers, Lee C.; DellaCorte, Michael P.; Stavosky, James W.; Millington, J. Thomas; Capotorto, John V. (July 2015). "Credentialing Guidelines for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine Supervising Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Position Paper". Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 105 (4): 367–370. doi:10.7547/14-133.1. ISSN 8750-7315. PMID 25649892.
  17. ^ Rogers, Lee C.; Stavosky, James W. (September 2019). "Hospital and Surgical Privileges for Doctors of Podiatric Medicine: A Position Statement from the American Board of Podiatric Medicine". Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. 109 (S1): 1–4. doi:10.7547/8750-7315-109.S1.1. ISSN 8750-7315. PMID 31760757.
  18. ^ Wilde, Anna (October 26, 2010). "Physician Panel Prescribes the Fees Paid by Medicare". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  19. ^ "Preventing Foot Ulcers Caused By Diabetes". US News and World Report. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  20. ^ Tamura, Leslie (August 31, 2010). "Physicians use photos from patients' cellphones to deliver 'mobile health'". The Washington Post.
  21. ^ Freeman, David W. (June 24, 2011). "Dog chews off toe of diabetic woman as she sleeps". CBS News. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  22. ^ "Doctor says he's running for Congress". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. August 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  23. ^ "Lee Rogers gives Buck McKeon strong challenge". 2012-10-22.
  24. ^ "McKeon rumors spark jockeying".
  25. ^ "DownWithTyranny!: Lee Rogers is Running for the House Seat Currently Occupied by Buck McKeon".
  26. ^ "Lee Rogers in the 25th Congressional District - Los Angeles Times". 9 May 2014.
  27. ^ Cahn, Emily (2014-06-04). "California Democrat Endorses Republican Opponent". Roll Call. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  28. ^ "Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. to adopt a top-two primary system. But is it working?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  29. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "Democrat drops his endorsement of GOP's Knight in congressional race". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  30. ^ "A Doctor Voices His Concern Over Mylan's CEO and the Next Martin Shkreli - Robyn O'Brien". 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  31. ^ "Lee C. Rogers". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-09-17.