Lee C. Rogers, D.P.M Appointed Chair of the ADA Foot Council
Des Moines, August 4, 2009 – Lee C. Rogers, DPM, has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Foot Council for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for the next two years. Rogers is a podiatric surgeon at Broadlawns Medical Center and Director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Broadlawns.
“I am honored to be selected to serve in this position with the ADA,” said Rogers. “I am eager to apply my knowledge and skills to help the ADA as it strives to transform the lives of all people with diabetes, their families and caregivers.”
The purpose of the ADA interest group on foot care is to establish national standards for foot care. Its members develop educational programs in foot care management, promote clinical and scientific research of diabetic foot disease and foster national and international collaboration between agencies concerned with diabetes research and educational programs geared toward prevention of amputations. The chair is called upon to write position statements from the ADA on diabetic foot care, many of which are published in the journal Diabetes Care.
“My first action will be to complete a position statement writing panel on the definition and diagnosis of Charcot foot, a progressive degenerative condition that affects the joints in the feet, occurring most often in people with diabetes,” Rogers added.
In this position, Rogers will be responsible for chairing the panels on diabetic foot complications at the ADA’s Scientific Sessions which draw over 15,000 scientists, physicians, and other health professionals. He will also chair the diabetic foot section at the ADA annual meeting to be held in Orlando in June 2010, where he will be responsible for the content and speaker selections for the section.
Rogers has authored more than 50 publications including several book chapters on diabetic foot disorders and has been an investigator on more than 20 clinical trials. In 2008 Rogers published an editorial in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association which estimated that $30 billion was spent on diabetic foot ulcer and amputations in previous year alone.
The ADA funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of the nearly 24 million U.S. children and adults with this disease. As many as 25 percent of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer over their lifetime, placing them at risk for amputation. More than $174 billion is spent on the care of those with diabetes in the US.
This year marks Broadlawns 85th anniversary of serving the health care needs of Polk County. With a history that reaches back to 1903 as a community health center, Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals.
Today, Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs, including pediatrics and women’s health care.
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services.
- A family medicine residency program that graduates physician leaders who today serve throughout Iowa and across the nation.
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