Scott E. Rojas, M.D.

Scott  E. Rojas, M.D.

Specialty:

Infectious Disease

Location(s):

Board Certification:

Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship:

Division of Infectious Disease and Geographic Medicine AIDS Research Center, Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alta, CA

Residency:

University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Medical School:

Doctor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Societies:

Infectious Disease Society of America-Associate Member; American Society of Microbiology; Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America

Hospital Affiliations:

St. Joseph's/Candler; Memorial Health University Medical Center

Biography:

Dr. Scott Rojas is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his undergraduate degree and did his medical residency at the University of California-Davis in the northern part of the state. During those days — the late 1980s and mid 1990s — the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco harder than it did perhaps any other city in the country. In fact, Dr. Rojas said his family believes that his grandfather might have died from AIDS, the result of a blood transfusion.

With this background, Dr. Rojas said perhaps his decision to specialize as a medical doctor in infectious disease was a subconscious one. Dr. Rojas performed his fellowship at Stanford University’s Division of Infectious Disease and Geographic Medicine. He also worked at the AIDS Research Center at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System.

At the time of his training, HIV and AIDS were a big deal and people were having crazy infections. Dr. Rojas saw many different infections which he felt was the biggest challenge to medicine at that time. Infections can affect the entire body. He was drawn to treating infectious diseases knowing he would be dealing with the whole body and not just one part of it.

After completing his residency and fellowship, Dr. Rojas remained in California to practice. However, in 2002, he joined Lone Star Infectious Disease Associates, bringing him back to Texas where he had attended medical school, having earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Baylor University College of Medicine. In 2005, he joined Tarrant County Infectious Disease Associates, where he remained until joining SouthCoast Health in early 2017. During his years at Tarrant County Infectious Disease Associates, Dr. Rojas participated as a sub-investigator in more than 70 clinical trials.

Dr. Rojas met his wife, Karen, in Monterey California, who was a representative with a pharmaceutical company. Karen is a Louisiana native who attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where she earned a degree in occupational therapy.

Part of the reason for the Rojas’ move to Savannah was born out of the family’s desire to return to the state where Karen had spent significant time. The Rojas’ have five children ages three to nine: Ella, Ryker, Eliza (the latter two are twins), Emilia and Rhodes. The children are attending Blessed Sacrament. 

Dr. Rojas enjoys going to the beach and traveling and said he is glad to live closer to the coast. The family often vacations in Seaside, Fla., which is now a six-hour drive; formerly, it was 12 hours from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

At SouthCoast, Dr. Rojas is part of the three-physician infectious disease department. Like SouthCoast’s other infectious disease physicians, Dr. Rojas works out of both Memorial University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, covering both SouthCoast Health patients and others who are not SouthCoast patients.

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