Mark Rogers, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician
Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
Diploma in Mountain Medicine
Flight Surgeon Rating
Basic Tactical Operational Medical Support
Combat Casualty Care
Awards + Decorations
Humanitarian Service Medal
USAF Health Professions Scholarship
Aerial Achievement Medal
English & Spanish
Always ready for an adventure, Mark can probably tell you more stories about how not to do something. Like the time he made his first glacial summit wearing crampons over sneakers and roped to his friends with paracord. Or the time he went on a bike trek of over 250 miles over a mountain pass on a steel framed Huffy bike. Or the time he packed a frozen steak to eat on a winter camp. Experience has taught him a lot.
Many of his misadventures he gained while active in the Boy Scouts, where he attained the rank of Eagle, and discovered an interest in first aid and helping others. It was during this time he was also exposed to the Sonoran Desert, the beauties of seemingly barren landscapes with clearest of skies offering the grandest views of stars. He came to love trekking in the verdant hills and mountains of the pacific Cascades, and the sage-filled high desert of eastern Oregon. In an effort to combine his love of wild places and his desire to help others, he struggled to choose a career path. He contemplated a career in firefighting, as a paramedic, and as a park ranger or game warden before he ultimately found his way to medical school. Once there, his goal was always to become an emergency physician. In 2003, he was awarded the USAF Health Professions Scholarship.
In 2007, Dr. Rogers realized he was not the only physician with a heart in wild places and austere environments when he discovered the Wilderness Medical Society and took his first Advanced Wilderness Life Support Course. He later joined the local volunteer Search and Rescue team and was there a short time before being called to active duty.
The next phase of his career was truly eye-opening. As a USAF Flight Surgeon, Mark had amazing exposure and training geared toward expeditionary medicine, public health and humanitarian aid. His leadership skills were expanded, and he saw clearly the benefits that military medicine lends to civilian medicine in both urban and wilderness settings. Still lacking formal residency training, Capt. Rogers resigned his commission, and secured a slot in an Emergency Medicine residency program in Texas, where he continued a self-directed curriculum dedicated to austere medicine.
Mark then completed a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services and followed that with completion of the WMS FAWM and DiMM programs. He is the medical director for an urban fire/EMS department, and a full-time emergency physician in Texas, where he frequently misses the Pacific Northwest except between November and February. He is an open water diver, and recently completed his ASA Basic Sailing course. He has two amazing sons, and a loving and patient wife who lets him fix old cars, raise chickens, and disappear for days at a time to be in the wild places he loves.