Charles Mulligan, M.D., was appointed chief of Thoracic Surgery at Christiana Care and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, beginning Nov. 17.
Dr. Mulligan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983. After graduation he completed the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Ft. Belvoir, Va., and then served as combat engineer officer with 24th Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Ga.
In 1985 he was selected by the Army to attend medical school at Medical University of South Carolina, where he graduated in 1989. He completed his general surgery training at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon, Ga., in June 1994, followed by three years as a general surgeon at McDonald Army Community Hospital, Ft. Eustis, Va.
In 1997 the Army selected Dr. Mulligan for a civilian Thoracic Surgery Residency. He trained at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1999 he was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a staff cardiothoracic surgeon. He was named chief of the Thoracic Surgery Section and chairman of the Thoracic Tumor Board in March 2000.
Dr. Mulligan served as chief of thoracic surgery with 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq in 2003-2004 and as chief of general and thoracic surgery in Iraq in 2006-2007. He then returned to Walter Reed and resumed his duties.
In March 2008, Dr. Mulligan retired from active duty after completing over 21 years of service. He was a member of the Thoracic Surgery Service at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center from April 2008 until September 2012. He was then recruited to build the Thoracic Surgical Oncology Service at Centra Health and Pearson Cancer Center in Lynchburg, Va., which he completed in November before returning to Christiana Care.