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Head of U. of C. Medicine's long-sought trauma center: Violence is 'disease'

Head of U. of C. Medicine's long-sought trauma center: Violence is 'disease'

Headlines surrounding the gun violence on Chicago's South Side would be a deterrent for most people intrigued about a job opportunity in the neighborhood.

But for Dr. Selwyn Rogers, the South Side's troubles were part of his attraction to working there as the first head of University of Chicago Medicine's much-anticipated new trauma center.

"I saw what was going on within the context of intentional violence on the South Side of Chicago," Rogers said. "I actually was very struck by the opportunity and calling to make a difference."

Rogers said goodbye to the warmth of Texas, where he served since 2014 as vice president and chief medical officer at...

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