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Charles R. Mulligan, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Mulligan
Newark, DE

Dr. Charles R. Mulligan, Jr.

Thoracic Surgeon

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, S-2100
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 623-4530

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United States Military Academy, West Point, NY - 1983

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC - 1989

Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA - 1994

Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA - 1999

Dr. Charles R. Mulligan, Jr. is chief of thoracic surgery at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center located on the campus of Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. 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. He remained on staff until September of 2012 at which time his talent was pursued to build the Thoracic Surgical Oncology Service at Lynchburg, Virginia’s Centra Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center. 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.

Educational Background

Dr. Mulligan is a 1983 graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Immediately following graduation, he pursued an Engineer Officer Basic Course before going on to serve as a combat engineer officer in Stewart, Georgia. He earned his medical degree in 1989 from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston after having been selected by the Army to attend medical school in 1985. He then went on to complete his training in general surgery at Eisenhower Army Medical Center located in Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1994. Three years as a general surgeon ensued in Fort Eustis, Virginia at McDonald Army Community Hospital. Dr. Mulligan was again selected by the Army, this time to pursue specialty training in thoracic surgery at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. 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. Dr. Mulligan was called to serve in Iraq in 2003-2004 as chief of thoracic surgery with the 28th Combat Support Hospital 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.

Clinical and Laboratory Research

Dr. Mulligan is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and is currently licensed to practice in three states—Delaware, Virginia, and South Carolina. As part of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center’s thoracic surgery team, Dr. Mulligan specializes in the treatment of both malignant and non-malignant diseases relative to the lungs, mediastinum, chest wall, esophagus, thymus, and diaphragm. In his practice, Dr. Mulligan employs the use of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)—a minimally invasive technique in comparison to traditional surgical methods used to treat thoracic malignancies.

Additional Work

Dr. Mulligan has authored/co-authored six scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and Chest.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois


Christiana Care Health System

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