Following receipt of a B.A. in chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1960, Dr. Rodgers received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from Yale University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute and following the fellowship, he spent seven years working as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.
In 1972, Dr. Rodgers attended medical school at the University of New York, Upstate Medical Center where he received his M.D. degree in 1975. He then completed a residency in Pediatrics under Dr. Frank Oski at the University and joined the faculty following completion of his residency.
In 1981, Dr. Rodgers moved to Louisville to join the University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology/Toxicology and as Medical Director of the Kentucky Regional Poison Center. During his forty years at the University of Louisville, he has directed the Divisions of Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Hospital Medicine,, Pediatric Pharmacology/Toxicology and International Pediatrics., the latter three divisions he founded. In 2007, Prof. Rodgers was named the Humana Chair in International Pediatrics at the University of Louisville. In 2021 he retired from clinical pediatrics and now serves as Professor Emeritus. He continues to serve as Associate Medical Director for the Kentucky Regional Poison Center. Dr. Rodgers is a former president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and has served on many national and international committees relating to pediatrics and toxicology.