Richard B. Rodgers, M.D.

Director of Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care, Indiana University School of Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Medicine
Education Director, Neurosurgical Surgery Residency Program, Indiana University School of Medicine

MD. Indiana University (1999)

Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care.
My clinical specialties are neurotrauma and neurocritical care. As a neurosurgeon, my expertise is surgical management and patient care of neurotrauma. My earlier peer-reviewed publications have appeared in journals, including Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, Journal of Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience. I have published 5 book chapters on topics related to vascular disorders of the spinal cord in adults and children, and most recently, acute treatment of patients with spinal cord injury. In addition, I frequently present my knowledge of brain and spine trauma at national neurosurgical meetings, where I am frequently an invited speaker.

My research focus is clinical studies/trials in patients with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. As my research interests continue to evolve, I am moving into the realm of translational research. I provide my neurosurgical expertise to assist in translating promising new treatments for traumatic brain injury into clinical trials to determine safety and efficacy in humans.

I am currently collaborating with Fletcher White on a multispecialty project measuring HMGB1 concentrations in human plasma and spinal fluid following traumatic brain injury, for which the ultimate goal is to determine if HMGB1 levels are elevated following these injuries and to translate these findings into an effective treatment to mediate the protein’s release and thereby improve patient outcomes. I am also working closely with Eric Horn on clinical trials relating to acute spinal cord injury. I have future collaborations planned with Xiao-Ming Xu, Fletcher White, Nicholas Barbaro, and Eric Horn to translate new therapies for brain and spinal cord injury from animal models to the clinical setting.

I have begun basic research collaborations within the IU School of Medicine and I continue to expand my clinical research experience. These collaborations will yield future publications and will deepen our understanding of brain and spine trauma and neurocritical patient care.

Recent Publications—Selected Publications on Neurotrauma


Rodgers RB, Horn EM, Sonntag V. Acute treatment of patients with spinal cord injury. In: Herkowitz, et al. eds. Rothman-Simeone: The Spine, 6th Ed. Burlington, MA: Elsevier. 2011.

Journal Articles

Shapiro S, Borgens R, Pascuzzi R, Roos K, Groff M, Purvines S, Rodgers RB, Hagy S, Nelson P. Oscillating field stimulation for complete spinal cord injury in humans: A phase 1 trial. J Neurosurg Spine 102(1):3-10, 2005. PMID: 15658119.

Nehrt A, Rodgers R, Shapiro S, Borgens R, Shi R. The critical role of voltage-dependent calcium channel in axonal repair following mechanical trauma. Neuroscience 146(4):1504-1512, 2007.
PMID: 17448606.

Smucker P, Hekmatyar SK, Bansal N, Rodgers RB, Shapiro SA, Borgens RB. Intravenous polyethylene glycol successfully treats severe acceleration-induced brain injury in rats as assessed by magnetic resonance imaging. Neurosurgery. 64(5):984-990, 2009. PMID: 19404158.

Presentations at Neurosurgical Meetings

Ansari S, Connolly G, Gianaris T, Scherer A, Cero H, Rodgers RB. Utility of routine outpatient head CT scans in patients with traumatic intracranial hemorrhage. AANS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA; April 2014.

Lei ZG, McKinley T, Rodgers RB, Territo PR, Meyer J, Peters J, Xu ZC. Inflammation In traumatic brain injury with hemorrhagic shock. National Neurotrauma Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA; June 2014.

Kulwin C, Rodgers R, Mitesh Shah. Preliminary experience with evacuation of intracerebral hemorrhage via a minimally invasive parafascicular technique. Neurosurgical Society of America, Newport Coast, CA; April 2015.

Xinjia Han, Rodgers RB, Jin X-M. Mannitol and hypertonic saline are effective in improving cerebral microcirculation following traumatic brain injury in mice. Neurosurgical Society of America, Newport Coast, CA. Invited guest and presenter; April 2015.

Rodgers RB. The effects of osmotic agents on cerebral microcirculation after traumatic brain injury. National Neurotrauma Society meeting, Santa Fe, NM; June 2015.

Rodgers RB. Clinical Utility of Outpatient Follow-up Computed Tomography in a Traumatic Subdural Hematoma Population. National Neurotrauma Society meeting, Santa Fe, NM; June 2015.

Selected Grand Rounds Presentations on Neurotrauma, IU School of Medicine

Rodgers RB. TBI–Current Management and Future Direction. Department of Neurological Surgery; October 2013.

Rodgers RB. Penetrating Neurotrauma. Department of Neurological Surgery; April 2014.

Rodgers RB. Neurotrauma. Department of Neurological Surgery; January 2015.

Rodgers RB. ACS TQIP Best Practices in Traumatic Brain Injury. Department of Neurological Surgery; March 2015.

Rodgers RB. Traumatic Brain Injury. Department of Neurological Surgery; August 2015.

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