Naomi Rogers, PhD

Professor in the History of Medicine and of History

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History of Medicine

Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI Affairs: Directories: Research Interest

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


Naomi Rogers, Ph.D. is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Section of the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University where she regularly teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.Her historical interests include gender and health; disease and public health; disability; medicine and film; and alternative medicine/CAM.Her publications include Dirt and Disease: Polio before FDR (Rutgers, 1992), An Alternative Path: The Making and Remaking of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia (Rutgers, 1998) and Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine (Oxford, 2014). Her current book project examines critics of medical orthodoxy since 1945 (Health Activism and the Humanization of American Medicine under contract with Oxford).

She has taught at Yale since the mid-1990s and is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale Medical School and in Yale University’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine, with courtesy appointments in the History Department and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Education & Training

MA University of Pennsylvania (1986)
PhD University of Pennsylvania, History (1986)
BA Melbourne University, Music (1980)
BA Melbourne University, Honors (1979)


  • Medicine in America: Sister Kenny and Polio Australia (2008)

    Professor Rogers is now completing a book on the Australian nurse Sister Elizabeth Kenny and her highly visible and controversial transformation of polio care in the US during the 1940s and 1950s, time she spent in the US, and a time when Gallup polls identified her at one point as the most admired...

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Naomi Rogers, PhD
Office Location
Sterling Hall of Medicine, L-Wing
333 Cedar Street, Ste Suite 128

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
History of MedicinePO Box 208324
New Haven, CT 06520-8324