Growing up in Peoria, Illinois, Chuck always had an interest in science and public service, but pursuing medicine and transplant surgery was not part of his early career path. His initial academic career began studying philosophy as an undergraduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, before spending a year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, and ultimately finishing his degree at New York University. For his work in philosophy and ethics, he received the Salomonowitz Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarship and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. During these years, he also worked as an EMT, both in New Orleans and Paris, where he was inspired to redirect his career path from Philosophy to Medicine.
Prior to beginning medical school, Chuck spent 14 months working at a children's hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where his primary work was in the care of children afflicted by tuberculosis and malnutrition.; Afterward, he started his medical studies at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2004. During his second year of medical school, he began studying tumor immunology with Dr. Robert Schreiber, which ultimately resulted in completion of a PhD, based on work aimed at understanding the role of the transcription factor, STAT1, in prevention of mammary adenocarcinoma.; In addition, he participated in several aspects of cancer immunology work including a novel sequencing-based method for identification of cancer antigens and the ability of check-point blockade to lead to rejection of tumors that had previously evaded immune detection.
While performing this research, Chuck was inspired by a discussion between Dr. Arthur Matas and Dr. Francis Delmonico to become a non-directed living kidney donor. Through this experience, he became very involved in the transplant community in St. Louis, MO, and spent extensive time teaching medical students and community members about transplantation and the benefits to the recipients.
Ultimately, Chuck decided to pursue a career as a transplant surgeon and has been a surgical resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital for the past 4 years. Currently, he focuses on transplant immunology work, looking at means of producing tolerance induction and xenotransplantation with Dr. James Markmann, in the MGH Center of Transplantation Sciences.
Chuck has received several awards for his scholarship and service efforts including the Kehar S. Chouke-George Gill award and the Class of 2003 Award, for outstanding academic performance in medical school and for “dedication to the highest standards in medicine," the Samson F. Wennerman prize from Washington University, MGH Resident Teaching Award in Surgery, and the AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar Award.