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Local Physicians Jerry Putman and Rick Rogers  Named Bethesda Health Clinic Doctor Luke Recipients

TYLER, TX – February 13, 2024 —The staff and Board of Directors of Bethesda Health Clinic are pleased to announce that Jerry Putman, M.D., and Rick Rogers, M.D., will be inducted into the Bethesda Health Clinic Doctor Luke Society. 


Inspired by the reference in Colossians 4:14 in which the Apostle Paul refers to Saint Luke as “the beloved physician,” the Doctor Luke Society is a unique opportunity to express esteem and appreciation to these exceptional medical professionals.


About Jerry Putman:


Jerry was raised in a small farming community in the Texas panhandle and attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He initially did a Family Practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and practiced for 3 years. Because of a love of delivering babies, he went to Baylor Medical Center in Houston and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 


Jerry moved to Tyler in 1988 and practiced obstetrics and gynecology until 2004. He began to hear about obstetric fistula, which is a condition seen in developing countries because of lack of modern obstetrical care. He had never seen a case. It is a condition that occurs because of childbirth when Cesarean section is not available. Over 90% of these babies are born dead and the mother is left with complete urinary incontinence and often incontinence of stool as well. This causes these women to be total outcast from their families and society. The surgical repair is complicated and there are few surgeons who want to participate.


He went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2004 to train for surgical repair of obstetrical fistulas. Mercy Ships was looking for a fistula surgeon to staff a new hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He moved there in 2004 with his wife, Marty, and daughter Emily, who was 9 years old at the time. The Putmans moved back to Tyler in 2008, where he rejoined Tyler Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was able to continue to go back and forth to repair fistulas for the next 10 years. During this time, he also earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, enabling him to train as a chaplain at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances upon retiring from private practice.


Currently Jerry enjoys volunteering to serve gynecologic patients at Bethesda Health Center and serves as Medical Director at Axia in Tyler, where he helps with performing and training first trimester obstetric ultrasound.


Much of his retirement time is spent enjoying relationships with their three children and four grandchildren. 


About Rick Rogers:


Rick Rogers grew up in Dallas by White Rock Lake, where he loved the outdoors and had a special interest in insects and snakes. He majored in Biology at Baylor University, where he met his wife, Jane. 


Rick attended Southwestern Medical School and did his residency at Children’s Medical Center, both in Dallas. Rick and Jane, with two small kids, then went to Benin, West Africa, for 7 months to serve the area with medical care. Rick then returned to Tyler to join Dr. Joe Bates at his practice. He needed Rick immediately and graciously waited until his arrival from Africa. He started in Tyler on his birthday, and April 21, 2024, will mark 40 years in practice.


Rick is currently a pediatrician at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic and cannot imagine a better profession or way to serve people. He witnessed many changes over the years like wonderful new immunizations against meningitis, pneumonia, and rotavirus. He also experienced the introduction of electronic health records, as well as the progressive increase in mental health problems in the pediatric age group and the growth of distrust in medicine and science, accelerated by COVID-19 pandemic.


In his earlier years, he participated in marathons & triathlons, hiked mountains, and played too much tennis. He currently enjoys learning pickleball, keeping bees, walking, hiking, and trying to turn a field into a garden/ meadow. He has been blessed to be married to his wife Jane for 44 years and has five amazing kids and two grandkids. He has served as a physician, or as a part of Young Life Africa in many different places.  He hopes to help volunteer at Bethesda Pediatric Clinic after he retires this May. 


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