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Health Sciences Trailblazers


Norma Martinez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, School of Nursing, Dr. Martinez Rogers was the school’s first full-time tenured Latina professor.

A nationally recognized clinical educator, Dr. Martinez Rogers established the International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty and Juntos Podemos (Together We Can), a peer mentoring program that increases nursing student retention and graduation rates, especially among first-generation graduates.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office appointed her as a founding Commissioner of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission program, which examines care access and other issues.

Dr. Martinez Rodgers, a native of San Antonio, Texas, grew up in one of the first U.S. public housing projects. She was a first-generation college graduate and completed two master’s degrees, a PhD, and two postdoctoral fellowships.    

On October 28, 2022, she will be named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing