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Dr. Arvey Rogers Remembered as Inspiration to Generations of Students

Arvey Rogers, M.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine, assistant dean of continuing medical education and digestive diseases expert, passed away on December 22, 2023. He was 89 years old.

Dr. Arvey Rogers
Dr. Arvey Rogers

“Dr. Rogers was an extraordinarily gifted clinical educator who, in addition to his role model behavior in patient care, influenced generations of fellows, residents and students with his humanistic and caring approach,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., professor of medicine and senior advisor to the dean. “His contributions as a senior, respected gastroenterologist and later as associate dean for continuing medical education benefited our entire medical community, both locally and nationally. He will be missed and always remembered.”

Dr. Rogers completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital, and subsequently joined the faculty in 1962. He served as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology from 1994 until 2001 and section chief of gastroenterology at the VA Medical Center from 1964 until 1999.

Dr. Rogers’ greatest professional devotion was teaching medical students. He served as director of postgraduate education from 1992 to 2001 and as director of the training program in gastroenterology from 1964 to 2001. He was a gifted educator and loved training students in the art of becoming a physician.

Dr. Rogers served as president of the Florida Gastroenterology Society and president and a master of the American College of Gastroenterology.

“His bedside manner, humanistic and holistic perspective and thoughtfulness were inspiring to me,” said Amar R. Deshpande, M.D., professor of medicine, associate dean for medical education and vice chair for education in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. “He positively impacted generations of physicians who remember him fondly.”

In 2014, the Department of Medicine established the Barkin Rogers Outstanding Mentor Award in honor of the exemplary mentorship traits Dr. Rogers embodied. The award is given out annually to a deserving faculty member in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Rogers was also a prolific writer who published articles, poetry and other expressions of mindfulness and humanity in the practice of medicine.