Surgeon has seen many changes in 30 years

Green Lake surgeon Dr. Barry Rogers plans to retire later this year after a three-decade career at local hospitals.

Dr. Barry Rogers is proud to have lived through “the golden age of medicine.”

That’s because of the many advances that occurred during the past three decades.

For example, in the late 1970s, when Rogers was in medical school, childhood leukemia was cured at 65 to 75 percent. Now it’s above 90.

Early in his career, operating on anyone above the age of 80 required approval from the chief of surgery. Now it’s a common option for older patients.

Today, medication is better, as is anesthesia. There’s new and better equipment.

Those are just some of the advances Rogers has witnessed firsthand.

“People are living longer, and they’re healthier,” he said.

And that means Rogers likely will have a long retirement to look forward to. He plans to retire later this year after three decades as a general surgeon at both Ripon Medical Center and Berlin Memorial Hospital.

Read the full story in the Jan. 14, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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