Administrative Structure of the Office of Interprofessional Programs


Vice-Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs – Denise V. Rodgers, MD, FAAFP

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Denise V. Rodgers was appointed Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She was also named the Hunterdon Chair in Interprofessional Education at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Rodgers served as the fifth and final president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. From April 2006 to June 2013, Dr. Rodgers led UMDNJ’s academic and clinical operations as Executive Vice President. She served as UMDNJ Chief of Staff from 2005 to 2006. From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Rodgers was Senior Associate Dean for Community Health at the UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Prior to joining UMDNJ, Dr. Rodgers was professor and vice chair in the University of California, San Francisco Department of Family and Community Medicine and director of the San Francisco General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. She also served as Family Medicine Chief of Service at SFGH. From 1994 to 1996 she served as Chief of Staff of San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Rodgers received a Bachelor of Arts in psychobiology from Oberlin College and graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She is an inductee into the MSU College of Human Medicine Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. She completed her family medicine training in the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Rodgers is board certified in family medicine and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Interprofessional Programs Coordinator – Caroline E.S. Harris, MPH

Caroline E.S. Harris is the Interprofessional Programs Coordinator at the Office of Interprofessional Programs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. As Program Coordinator, she works closely with the Interprofessional Education Faculty Advisory Council and its sub-committees, and the Interprofessional Education Student Council.

Prior to joining the Office of Interprofessional Programs, Ms. Harris was a Project Manager at the North Jersey Community Research Initiative where she managed two New Jersey Department of Health grants and collaborated with other local community-based organizations to provide client services. She later worked at the Rutgers School of Public Health where she was responsible for the study coordination of an evaluation of a March of Dimes initiative to reduce preterm birth.

Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts from Douglass College, Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Rutgers School of Public Health.