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2001 Gold Medalist, Dr. Charles F. Mueller



A founding member of ASER remained active in furthering the aims of the Society, Charles F. Mueller, MD, is board certified in both radiology and nuclear medicine. As professor of Diagnostic Radiology, chief of the Chest Section, and section coordinator for Emergency Radiology at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Dr. Mueller began as an associate professor of radiology in 1974 and became full professor in 1977.

Dr. Mueller was acting chairman of the Department of Radiology at Ohio State on two occasions, once in 1975 and again in 1990-1993. From 1980 to the end of 2000, he was also director of postgraduate education in diagnostic radiology. He was named section chief of Chest Radiology in 1985. Dr. Mueller has held the position of section coordinator in Emergency Radiology since 1989. He is also found and director of the University Radiologists, Inc., and Ambulatory Imaging, Inc.

This gold medalist received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1962, then undertook a rotating internship at Cincinnati General Hospital and completed a residency in general radiology in 1966, serving as chief resident in the last year. From 1966 to 1968, has was a captain in the United States Air Force. In 1968, Dr. Mueller was named assistant professor at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, and in 1970, he was appointed chief radiologist at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Albuquerque. From 1971 to 1974, he was also associate professor of radiology at the University of New Mexico. 

In addition to being a founding member of ASER, Dr. Mueller has served on the Executive Committee since 1988 and as vice-president in 1991, and as third president in 1992. In addition, he was program chairman for the first and third annual meetings in 1990 and 1992; he presented the Alan Klein, MD, Memorial Lecture at the fifth annual meeting in 1994; has chaired the committee on Corporate Support (formerly finance) since inception in 1990 and the Fellowship Committee from 1990 to 1995. For the 12th annual meeting, he acted as abstracts review chairman and CME liaison with the Radiological Society of North America. He has also been a member of the Bylaws Committee and the Nominating Committee and was representative of the American College of Radiology Intersociety Commission for ASER in 1994 and 2000. He created the ASER lapel pin and promoted the Past Presidents' Committee, which he started in 1988. He created the Gold Medal and introduced its first recipient, Dr. John H. Harris, in 1999.

His professional interests include all aspects of emergency radiology, research in chest radiology, and department planning and problem solving in regard to digital information systems in radiology. The author or co-author of nearly 100 publications, editorial abstracts, critical reviews, and abstracts, Dr. Mueller has served on the Editorial Board of Emergency Radiology since its inception in 1993 and served as guest editor of the October 1999 issue. He has been a reviewer for the American Journal  of Roentgenology since 1988. He had formerly been associate editor of Emergency Medical Survey (1983-1985) and of Emergency Medical Observer (1985-1988) and was a consultant reviewer for Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics​ from 1988 to 1990.

In addition to his membership in ASER, Dr. Mueller served The Ohio State Radiological Society as Executive Committee member (1978-1988), secretary (1983-1985), president-elect (1985-1986), and president (1986-1987). He has been active in the American College of Radiology, the Association of University Radiologists, the Association Program Directors in Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, the New Mexico Society of Radiologists (president in 1973), the Central Ohio Radiological Society, the Ohio State University Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. 

Dr. Mueller has made presentations as speaker, lecturer, panel member or visiting professor at more than 60 meetings and symposia for such diverse groups as the American Thoracic Society (New Mexico Chapter), and he was elected honorary member of the Ohio Thoracic Society. Other presentations include those to the American Cancer Society, the Columbus Ohio Bar Association, the International Congress of Radiology (Singapore, January 1994) and the Society of Thoracic Radiology. He has participated in each ASER annual meeting as author of six scientific papers, focus session speaker on abdominal emergencies and pulmonary edema, and contributor on four posters and two workshops on teleradiology and contemporaneous interpretation.

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