Alumni Spotlight

Morgan T. Manchester Rogers, MD ’16

Susquehanna Health
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Specialty: Family Medicine

Hometown: Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Dr. Morgan T. Manchester Rogers said she has always wanted to be a doctor. And while many people in the profession make that claim, Dr. Rogers said she has photographs to prove it. “My mom has a picture of me when I was about four years old, in a white coat with a stethoscope,” she said. Her dreams were, in part, inspired by her family. Her father is a doctor and her mother is a nurse, and both have worked in the local healthcare system for her whole life. Family and community continue to inspire Dr. Rogers’ choices and the value she places on honoring these connections is a central theme in her life.

Dr. Rogers began pursuing her medical dreams in high school, where she shadowed Dr. Brad Miller, who is now her residency program director. “My residency at Susquehanna Health brings it all full circle,” she said. “It was here that I began to cultivate my interest in becoming a doctor.” Dr. Rogers said Geisinger Commonwealth played a crucial role in closing that circle by allowing her to “come home” for medical school. “After graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois, I found that to be able to train to become a physician near home was a high priority for me. I wanted to give back to the community that had invested in me. That was very important to me,” she said.

Choosing primary care as her specialty was also very important. “I think primary care is the answer to our healthcare crisis,” she said. In addition to offering the opportunity to be an important part of the solution, Dr. Rogers said other things that drew her to primary care were its emphasis on preventive health, broad-spectrum medicine and continuity of care.

Dr. Rogers never had any doubts about choosing to do her residency at Susquehanna Health. She did, however, apply to other programs at the urging of many mentors she sought throughout her medical school career. In the end, seeing other programs didn’t change her mind. “I did many of my rotations in Williamsport, so doing my residency here is a natural progression. I have great support from the faculty. I am really very happy to be home for the next part of my graduate medical education.”