A special message from InspireHealth

It is with sadness and the celebration of a life well lived that I share, with the extended InspireHealth family, that Dr. Roger Rogers, co-founder of InspireHealth and a pioneer of integrative medicine, passed away yesterday at the age of 83.

A remarkable man, loved by his patients as much as he loved them, Roger was an inspiration to several generations of physicians. A practitioner of patient-centered medicine far before the term was invented, Roger inspired, empowered and engaged his patients in their health. Recognizing early on in his career that patients, themselves, could impact their health and survival as much as any medicine they took, Roger provided the inspiration that engaged his patients in their life-long pursuit of health.

Born in Vancouver in 1928, Dr. Rogers received his BA and BSW from UBC and practiced social work until he entered medicine in 1955. He interned at St. Paul’s Hospital and operated a family practice in Vancouver for twenty five years, with an emphasis on prevention and a holistic approach to health.

Gradually, his interests led him into integrative medicine, with a focus on cancer care.

Together, Roger and I co-founded the Centre for Integrated Healing in 1997, which is now known as InspireHealth. Dr. Rogers was also involved in founding and supporting the Association of Complementary & Integrative Physicians of BC (ACIPBC), and the Canadian Complementary Medical Association (CCMA). In 2002, Roger was inducted into the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame.

Recognized as a pioneer and leader in integrative cancer care – both nationally and internationally – Dr. Rogers was the grateful recipient of many awards and acknowledgements, culminating in the presentation of the Order of British Columbia in 2001. The Hecht Foundation created the Dr. Roger Rogers Prize in 2007, which awards a $250,000 prize biennially to a leader in complementary and alternative medicine.

Roger was a remarkable man with incredible insight. He made a profound impact not only on the health and overall well-being of his patients, but also left his mark on the medical field and community. He leaves the legacy of an extraordinary career that will continue to shape and influence the future of cancer care not only in Canada, but worldwide.

Roger was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. While his medical work was the centerpiece of his life, he also enjoyed family camping and hiking, travel, boating and fishing.

A kind, compassionate human being, Roger dedicated himself to loving and caring for his patients, and his patients loved him in return. We will miss Roger’s kind, humble and caring presence.

It is these qualities that he instilled in the organization that we founded and we will hold his memory, and these qualities, in the fabric of our organization and in our work.

With love,



Hal Gunn, MD

Co-founder & CEO InspireHealth

Celebrate the life of Dr. Rogers

A celebration of Dr. Roger’s life will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Mills Road and West Saanich Road, North Saanich, on Sunday, November 27t at 2pm.

 Flowers are gratefully declined. A donation in Roger’s name may be made to InspireHealth. You may donate by calling 604-734-7125 or can donate online. Please state that the donation is in memory of Dr. Rogers.

 The Rogers family would like to pass on special thanks to the dedicated and caring staff of the second floor of the Central Care Home in Victoria who made such a difficult journey bearable.

About inspirehealthbc

InspireHealth is a world leader in cancer care. InspireHealth focuses on our patients’ health using an integrated approach that combines nutrition, exercise, emotional and spiritual support with standard cancer treatments. InspireHealth’s programs are evidence-based, we apply leading-edge immune system research to optimize cancer healing and recovery. Operating in Vancouver since 1997, our team of physicians and health care professionals has provided integrated care to over 6,000 cancer patients. We are also expanding with five new centres in Victoria, Kelowna, Abbotsford, Prince George, and online.
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2 Responses to A special message from InspireHealth

  1. Elvira Lount says:

    This is very sad news. Dr Roger Rogers was my doctor for many years and Laurence Keane’s doctor, as well as his family’s doctor, for many more – from the very early days of his practice. He practiced holistic and integrative medicine long before it became fashionable. A real pioneer and a wonderful kind person. He helped Laurence’s mother through her cancer, which she unfortunately didn’t survive, and attended her funeral. He was a real friend to his family. RIP Roger, your spirit lives on.

  2. Dear Dr. Rogers, the most gentle, compassionate and wise man I have ever known. Whenever one of my family members needed counsel for physical or emotional problems, the call rang out, “Go see Dr. Rogers!”. You were there for me for the high points (the Vancouver premiere of my film Samuel Lount) and the lowest points — the bedside of my mother during her last days. You mentored me on how to live a healthy life and created habits that will last a lifetime. You inspired me to think “outside the box” and to use critical thinking when confronted with conventional ideas. You were a man of profound common sense, but you were far from common. To say you were one in a million would be to diminish your impact on so many lives. You were unique, exceptional, my doctor, my friend and my hero. Much love, Laurence Keane.

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