David A. Rothenberger Lecture Series




Due to an unforeseen emergency, our Thursday, September 22, 14th Annual Rothenberger Lecture at the Graduate Hotel with Dr. Selwyn Vickers has been postponed. 
We apologize for the inconvenience. We will share the details of the rescheduled lecture day, time, and location that we anticipate to take place before the year's end. Thank you for your support and understanding.
We look forward to sharing the rescheduled lecture event details, 
- The David A. Rothenberger Lecture Series Planning Committee

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. with reception to follow
Location: The Graduate Hotel - Minneapolis, Pinnacle Ballroom | Lecture will also be available via Zoom
Since its inauguration, this lecture series has served as a catalyst to stimulate dialog about complex and/or controversial issues in health care. It has inspired emerging physician leaders to dare to lead transformational change.

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Save the Date for the ROTHENBERGER LECTURE


Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, FACS

President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, effective September 2022

On January 1, 2022, Dr. Vickers assumed the roles of CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System and CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent's Alliance while retaining his role as Dean of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. The $5 billion, 11-hospital UAB Health System is anchored by UAB Hospital, the 8th-largest hospital and the 4th-largest public hospital in the U.S.

  • Past Sr. Vice President for Medicine, Dean of the Heersink School of Medicine, UAB, and former CEO of the UAB Health System and UAB/Ascension St. Vincent's Alliance, 2013 - 2022.
  • Past Jay Phillips Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2006 - 2013.
Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACS

About the Lecture Series

Dr. Rothenberger

This lecture series honors the work of Dr. David A. Rothenberger, a physician leader, surgeon, mentor and researcher. He is the former Jay Phillips Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. 

The Rothenberger lecture was established by his Surgery Department colleagues and other community donors. This lectureship was the stimulus to develop a broad physician leadership program, the Emerging Physician Leaders Program (later named the Rothenberger Leadership Academy).

Prior Rothenberger Lecturers:

  • 2008 - Former U.S. Vice President Walter F. Mondale, “Complexity and Meaning in Politics and Health Care”
  • 2009 - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, “Health Care Priorities and Current Reform Efforts”
  • 2010 - Thomas Goetz, MPH, executive editor of Wired magazine, “The Patient as Decision Maker: Implications for an Academic Medical Center”
  • 2011 - William Brody, MD, PhD, president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and former president of Johns Hopkins University, “Academic Health Centers: A Survival Manual”
  • 2012 - Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD, chair of the inaugural board of directors, Broad Institute of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and former president of Wellesley College, “Morality without Apology: Reclaiming Humphrey’s America”
  • 2013 - Bill George, professor of management practice, Harvard Business School, and former chair and CEO of Medtronic, “Will Physicians Lead Us through Health Care Challenges?”
  • 2014 - Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former chair and CEO of Carlson (the global travel and hospitality company headquartered in Minneapolis), “Have We Done Enough?”
  • 2015 - David D. Murphy, interim CEO of Fairview Health Services, and president and CEO of Red Wing Shoe Company, “Healthcare Leadership…Advice I Learned from a Cow”
  • 2016 -  Pamela Melroy, astronaut and retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, “Leadership in Life-Critical Situations: Lessons from the Space Shuttle”
  • 2017 - Caprice Christian Greenberg, MD, MPH, surgeon, University of Wisconsin, Madison, “Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings”
  • 2018 - Dan BuettnerNational Geographic fellow and bestselling author, “Blue Zones”
  • 2019 – Laura Bloomberg, PhD, Dean of Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, “We, the People:  Reclaiming the Public Square”
  • 2021 - Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, MACP, Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration, "A National Perspective: Leading the Largest Healthcare System in the US during COVID-19"