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A pediatric rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Chuck Dietzen is the Founder and President of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to expand access to healthcare in the developing world, while empowering students and medical professional volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. Through its current work in Ecuador, Guatemala, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic, Timmy Global Health seeks to strengthen community-based healthcare initiatives by educating and investing in partner organizations, providing financial support, and facilitating medical teams to serve communities on-the-ground. Dr. Chuck started his commitment to serve the medically underserved in 1992 when he traveled to the former Soviet Union, followed by trips to Haiti in 1993. Yet, his work in global medicine took off after traveling to India in 1997 and 1998 on various orthopedic missions. There, he had the inspiring opportunity to work alongside Mother Teresa, and returned to the US with a vision to found Timmy Global Health and encourage future medical professionals to also be future humanitarians.
Early in life, Dr. Chuck learned the value of compassion and wellness while growing up in Kokomo, Indiana where over 150 foster children came through his family's home. It then became apparent to his mother that he had a special gift with children and she encouraged him to become a pediatrician. Dr. Chuck is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1987, and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency from the University of Alabama in 1991. Notably, his work was highlighted in the 1995 issue of the 50 Most Positive Doctors in America, and also in the 2000 issue of Positive Profiles in Medicine.
In addition to his work in global medicine, Dr. Chuck is also the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of iSalus Healthcare, Medical Director of Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Management Consultant for St. Francis Healthcare System, and Medical Program Consultant at Bradford Woods. Aside from his professional experiences, Dr. Chuck’s ultimate concern for children has shaped a life where his patients are his heroes, inspiring him to give kids with disabilities an arena to show their abilities—whether it be at CHAMP Camp each summer overseeing adventurous activities for kids needing respiratory support, in the professional ring as “Dr. Doom” wrestling his patients for fun, or as an athlete on the field organizing challenger football events. As Dr. Chuck commonly notes, “Medical school made me more knowledgeable, but my patients have made me wiser.”