Featuring Selwyn Rogers and Brenda Battle

The University of Chicago Medicine’s level 1 trauma center provides specialized care to patients and their families on the South Side of Chicago and beyond. The adult trauma program, which began offering services in May 2018, adds to UChicago Medicine’s pediatric trauma and burn services, providing the community a comprehensive system of care to treat the full range of trauma injuries in patients of all ages. Join Selwyn Rogers and Brenda Battle for an update on the trauma center’s activities. Rogers and Battle will share data about the patients served and the center’s impact, making the case for addressing violence through a public health lens and discussing the role that health systems can play. They will highlight UChicago Medicine’s Violence Recovery Program, which provides wraparound services for trauma patients, children, and families to promote holistic recovery and reduce reinjury and recidivism.

Contact alumniassociation@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.

Event Details

6:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:00 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Odyssey, and Phoenix philanthropic societies

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Funding for the trauma center and Violence Recovery Program was provided by philanthropic partners, including the Ellen & Ronald Block Family Foundation and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Michael Reese Health Trust, and the de Beaumont Foundation.

Parking Information

Valet parking for the event is $32. Self-parking is $22.

Featured Faculty


Selwyn Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, has been named the new section chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. Rogers is an acclaimed critical care surgeon and public health expert who has served in leadership capacities at health centers across the country, including most recently as vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has also served as the chairman of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and as the division chief of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care at Harvard Medical School. While at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), he helped launch the Center for Surgery and Public Health to understand the nature, quality, and utilization of surgical care nationally and internationally. Rogers earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed both his surgery residency and a National Institutes of Health research fellowship in surgical oncology at BWH in Boston. He completed a surgical critical care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and BWH. Additionally, he has a master’s degree in public health from Vanderbilt University.


Brenda Battle, MBA, BSN, joined the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division in 2012 as vice president of the Urban Health Initiative. In this role, Battle is responsible for collaborating with medical and administrative leadership to foster innovation in the University of Chicago Medicine’s care delivery system, assisting in the implementation of new models of care, and facilitating integration of care between the hospital and community. Battle is also the chief diversity and inclusion officer for the University of Chicago Medical Center, responsible for crafting strategies and programs to create an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, and equitable care delivery models. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Battle was the director of the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence for Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. There, Battle oversaw programs to eliminate health disparities and to promote diversity, cultural competence, and health literacy within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center campus. Battle served as vice president, government and community affairs for Medical Transportation Management Inc., a national contractor for nonemergency transportation benefits. She has more than 35 years of health care experience, beginning with a nursing career and including managed care leadership, long-term care, and home care.