Dr. Lesco Rogers Joins Wellmont Medical Associates Pain
Management, Has Special Interest In Headaches
Pain is a natural byproduct of many injuries, diseases and
conditions, but it is treatable and manageable with a physician’s guidance when
the discomfort is acute or chronic.
Rogers, who recently joined Wellmont
Medical Associates Pain
Management, provides high-quality care to patients who need
assistance. A physician for 22 years, Dr. Rogers was inspired by a mentor in
medical school in Dartmouth College that led to a career of treating people
“What excites me about pain management is it encompasses
multiple medical fields,” Dr. Rogers said. “There is a little bit of
psychiatry, some internal medicine and an element of surgery in my practice.
You need to know a lot of things about how the whole body works in order to
treat a broad spectrum of pain.
“A pain management physician can provide care that can bring
dramatic improvement to a patient’s life, and that is pretty rewarding.”
He uses a variety of treatment regimens to help a patient’s
pain, including nerve blocks, medication and physical and psychological
therapies. Dr. Rogers said there is no cookie-cutter approach to delivering
medical care in his profession. He said some patients might not feel
comfortable with one potential treatment method, so he looks for other
approaches that will still provide them with the care they need.
Dr. Rogers has a passion for treating people with headaches
that have not responded well to medical management. He developed his expertise
in part while working for five years at the Michigan Head Pain and Neurological
Institute, an internationally renowned headache center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wellmont Medical Associates Pain Management addresses other
issues as well, including pain in the leg, back and neck. Some patients come to
the practice after they have been diagnosed with cancer or fibromyalgia.
Like many physicians, Dr. Rogers said one of the keys to
improving a patient’s quality of life comes from simply listening to a patient.
“Some patients arrive and have had every drug or
intervention that might be appropriate,” he said. “It’s not always about
offering something medically to address their pain but being sensitive to what
they have experienced. For many patients, that’s just as good of an
intervention as providing them with medication, for example.”
Dr. Rogers was born in London. He comes to Wellmont Medical
Associates from Duke University, where he provided general interventional pain
management with a focus on headache patients for seven years. While he enjoyed
his experience at Duke, Dr. Rogers welcomed the opportunity to change direction
and address community-based health concerns.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Rogers worked as medical director
of Western Carolina Pain Consultants in Asheville, N.C., and Green Mountain
Pain and Palliative Care in Hendersonville, N.C. He has conducted extensive research
and been published multiple times in professional journals.
After graduating from Dartmouth, Dr. Rogers completed an
anesthesiology residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New
Brunswick, N.J. and then completed a pain management fellowship at Georgetown
University Hospital in Washington.
Combs, chief medical executive officer of Wellmont Medical
Associates, said Dr. Rogers is an excellent addition to his practice.
“Dr. Rogers’ experience in the patient room and in academic
and institute settings gives him a broad range of experience from which he can
draw to deliver care,” Dr. Combs said. “We’re fortunate to attract someone with
this level of talent and that many years of experience to Wellmont Medical
Associates. Our patients will receive compassionate care from him, but he will
benefit from sharing best practices with the many excellent physicians in our
Wellmont Medical Associates Pain Management was formerly
known as Southeastern Pain Management Center but was renamed to reflect a
growing partnership between Wellmont
Health System and its integrated physicians. Wellmont Medical
Associates is a physician-led, professionally managed organization that better
enables physicians to set the direction for patient care.
In addition to Dr. Rogers, caregivers at Wellmont Medical
Associates Pain Management are Dr. Dennis
Aguirre and nurse practitioners Brenda Friend
Painter. The practice has been located at 3183 W. State St., Suite
1101, but as of Nov. 12, it will be housed at 350 Blountville Highway, Suite
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rogers, please call
423-968-2772. Patients can make appointments themselves or be referred by
another physician, but the practice requires at least three months of medical
records in order to determine whether one of its physicians would be an
appropriate caregiver for them.
For more information, please visit www.wellmontphysicians.org.