Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., who has led UMDNJ during one of the most dynamic periods in the history of medical education in New Jersey, will continue to serve the state in a new position at Rutgers University.
Rodgers, who has been president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey since January 2012, will become vice chancellor for interprofessional programs at the new Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences on July 1, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi announced today.On July 1, Rodgers also will begin serving as director of the Rutgers Urban Health and Wellness Institute. In addition, Rodgers was recently named to the Hunterdon Endowed Chair in Interprofessional Education at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she has a faculty appointment. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will become part of Rutgers on July 1.
“Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Denise Rodgers on the historic and complex integration of Rutgers University with most of the schools, centers and institutes that make up UMDNJ. Throughout that time, Denise has represented UMDNJ with the utmost grace and professionalism,” President Barchi said. “I look forward to working with her as a colleague at Rutgers for many years to come.”
“The impending integration of Rutgers and UMDNJ will create an academic powerhouse that will combine the best of two outstanding institutions,” Rodgers said. “I am proud to be part of this historic undertaking and I want to thank President Barchi for this wonderful new opportunity at Rutgers.”
Rodgers received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychobiology from Oberlin College and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her family medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Rodgers is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Widely recognized as an expert on disparities in health care delivery, Dr. Rodgers has published and lectured extensively about excess mortality rates among minority populations, racism in medicine, and cultural competency and medical education in settings that care for underserved populations.
Last week, the UMDNJ Board of Trustees appointed Rodgers president retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, the date she began serving as interim president.
In September 2005 Dr. Rodgers became chief of staff to then-UMDNJ President John J. Petillo. Rodgers previously served as senior associate dean for community health and professor of family medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Before that, she was director of the Family Medicine Residency Program and vice chairperson of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco.
Under the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which takes full effect on July 1, most of the schools and institutes that make up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will become part of Rutgers University. Representatives of Rutgers and UMDNJ are working together to facilitate every aspect of integration – from academic and clinical programs to research initiatives and student services.
Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Serving nearly 60,000 students on campuses in Camden, Newark and New Brunswick, Rutgers is one of only two New Jersey institutions represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities.