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Charles R. Mulligan, Jr., MD

Dr. Mulligan
Newark, DE

Dr. Charles R. Mulligan, Jr.

Chief, Thoracic Surgery

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute

4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, S-2100
Newark, DE 19713

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Dr. Mulligan joined the staff at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center as a member of the thoracic surgery service in April 2008—just after completing 21 years in the military serving his country. In 1985, he was selected by the Army to attend medical school, which he graduated from in 1989. Three years as a general surgeon ensued in Fort Eustis, Virginia at McDonald Army Community Hospital. In 1997, he was selected by the Army for a civilian thoracic surgery residency. Upon completion of this training in 1999, he was assigned as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he quickly rose to chief of the thoracic surgery section and chairman of the thoracic tumor board by March of 2000. From 2003 – 2004 he served as Chief of Thoracic Surgery with the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq and then again in 2006-2007 as chief of general and thoracic surgery. Upon his return from Iraq, Dr. Mulligan resumed his duties at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before retiring from active duty in March 2008.

At the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, Dr. Mulligan remained on staff until September of 2012 at which time his talent was pursued to build the Thoracic Surgical Oncology Service at Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center in Virginia. After successfully completing this task, in November 2014, for which he was recruited, Dr. Mulligan returned to Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center where he assumed his current post as chief.

Main Specialty: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Treatment of both malignant and non-malignant diseases relative to the lungs, mediastinum, chest wall, esophagus, thymus, diaphragm, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) and thoracic malignancies.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: Board Certifications in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

Education & Experience:

Multidisciplinary management of esophageal cancer. Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America. April 2013;22(2):217-46. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2012.12.006

Chondrosarcoma masquerading as cardiomyopathy. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. July 2008;86(1):297-299. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.01.068

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

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