Rogers to be vice chair for clinical practice

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mary Klotman MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, announced today that Joseph Rogers, MD, professor of medicine (Cardiology), has agreed to serve as vice chair for clinical practice, effective July 1.

"I am confident that Joe is the right leader for the Department’s clinical mission during this time of continuous change and challenge in health care," said Dr. Klotman, referencing Rogers's successful track record of clinical excellence and a pragmatic vision for how our Department can lead in the delivery of, and innovation, in health care. "I look forward to his working with our clinical faculty in the months and years ahead."

Rogers replaces David Zaas, MD who is stepping down to assume his new role as president of Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Since coming to Duke in 2004, Dr. Rogers has been a stellar leader in the Duke Heart Center, where he is currently medical director of the Cardiac Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program. He also is senior vice chief for clinical affairs in the Division of Cardiology, and a member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute.

Rogers also represents the clinical faculty members in the Department of Medicine as an at-large member of the PDC Administrative Board.

Rogers earned his B.A. in human biology from the University of Kansas and his M.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he also completed his internal medicine residency. He completed a research fellowship and clinical fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and joined the faculty there. He came to Duke University in 2004.

Rogers is the coauthor of 130 peer-reviewed articles, many focused on clinical aspects of advanced heart failure. He also investigates pharmacologic and electrical treatments of systolic heart failure, the use of mechanical circulatory support devices, and clinical cardiac transplantation. Find his latest publications listed at

Klotman added that Rogers will work with a newly constituted Clinical Improvement Council representing leaders within the Department. Further details on the membership and charge of the council are forthcoming.