Chen, Rogg named Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40
The Houston Business Journal has selected Wendy Chen, MD, MS, and Jonathan Rogg, MD, MBA, to its 40 Under 40 Class of 2022.
Each year, the Houston Business Journal receives hundreds of nominations and applications for the highly-competitive 40 Under 40 Awards. To be considered, nominees must reside in the 10-county Houston area and be under 40 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2021. The editorial team then reviews applications and scores nominees on leadership, overcoming challenges, and community involvement.
The 40 Under 40 Honorees are honored in a special section of the Houston Business Journal.
Chen is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, and practices plastic surgery with a focus on adult and pediatric hand trauma, reconstruction, pediatric plastic surgery, congenital hand differences, and microsurgery. Outside of the operating room, Chen is passionate about medical education and activism for diversity in surgery.
She has won many awards for her work in clinical, basic science, and education research, and was named the inaugural winner of the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Distinguished Faculty Award in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in 2022.
Chen received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2013 before completing a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2020 and a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at UCLA in 2021. She joined the faculty at McGovern Medical School as an assistant professor in 2021.
“This was very unexpected, and it’s very affirming for me as a physicians and surgeon, that the greater community outside of medicine has recognized the value of this work in changing the culture of medicine,” Chen said. “I’m glad to bring awareness to the topic and to our institutions efforts to align with the arc of the moral universe.”
Rogg is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and vice-chair of Strategy and Operations. His academic research focuses on enhancing the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is an expert on physician leadership and regularly lectures in the Healthcare Management Certificate Program offered to McGovern trainees.
Rogg was instrumental in the creation of a novel Telemedicine program as a part of the Harris Health System, with the program providing on-demand telemedicine for thousands of Harris Health patients with urgent medical concerns in its first year, keeping 75 percent of patients out of the emergency department.
“I am honored to be recognized with this award, bringing to light that physicians can be leaders both clinically and more broadly in the healthcare community,” Rogg said. “Many in our community face challenges to obtain high-quality healthcare due to a myriad of issues. Developing novel and innovative ways to reach indigent populations is key to improving the health of our community.”