Loras College will hold its 175th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., in the Rock Bowl Stadium on the Loras College Campus. A baccalaureate Mass will also be held at 10 a.m., in the Athletic and Wellness Center, located near Loras Parkway and 17th Street.
Elizabeth Rogers, M.D.
(’01), Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, will serve as the Loras commencement speaker.
Rogers graduated magna cum laude from Loras College in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. She earned her doctor of medicine degree, with high honors, from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Rogers then completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston Residency Program. She pursued a fellowship in primary care research and completed a Master of Applied Science in Clinical Research, with a certificate in Implementation Science, from the University of California, San Francisco, in 2013.
Dr. Rogers has published in various peer-reviewed journals from research projects related to supporting patients from disparities populations in diabetes management and prevention. Her medical research interests include socioeconomic and ethnicity-based disparities and chronic disease risk, health coaching and peer education, implementation science and community-engaged research.
Rogers has embraced the Loras College spirit of volunteerism and service on her journey as well. She served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps immediately following her Loras graduation. Her service continued as a student provider, volunteer, medical team member, and researcher around the globe, including places such as Washington, Nebraska, California, Jamaica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Pakistan, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
Rogers is a 7-year member of the board of directors and former chairperson for the non-profit organization Doctors for Global Health. In recent years, Rogers has earned the PAS Travel Award for Young Investigators from the Pediatric Academic Society, the Resident Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Global and Humanitarian Health Travel Scholarship from Partners Health Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.