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Charles R. Luttenton, MD, FACR


Charles R. Luttenton, MD, FACR* was born in June of 1944 in the tiny farming community of Concord, Michigan. College was not necessarily on his radar until a young teacher, Ulche Georgeff, encouraged him to graduate high school a year early and expand his educational horizons. Chuck attended Michigan State University’s medical technology program, working in a cytology lab during those years, graduating in 1965. He got married, packed up all his worldly goods in a 1965 Corvair, and headed to Los Angeles, completing his med tech internship year at Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

In 1966, he began a PhD program in Physiology at the University of Michigan, and the following year discontinued that program in favor of medical school at U of M. Despite being interested in both plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery, a discussion about his hobby of photography with a radiology fellow while on an elective radiology rotation convinced him that radiology was the best fit. How right that fellow was. Following graduation in 1971, Dr. Luttenton moved to Danville, Pennsylvania, to train at Geisinger Medical Center. During his internship year, he received a draft notice from the U.S. Army, but was allowed to complete his internship and residency at Geisinger before reporting for duty. He arrived in Danville with one daughter and left with two daughters and a son. In 1975, the Luttenton family drove to El Paso, Texas, and spent the next two years at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss. The newly-minted Major Luttenton found himself suddenly the Director of Pediatric Radiology and Interventional Radiology, with occasional assignments to cover the emergency room as Medical Officer of the Day!

Following stints in Youngstown, Ohio, and at Texas Tech University, Dr. Luttenton found his way back to Michigan in December of 1979 and has called the city of Grand Rapids home ever since. He joined an eight-man private practice group which was affiliated with Michigan State University’s diagnostic radiology residency. In the last 37+ years, he has been an interventionalist, a body imager, a pediatric radiologist wannabe, a mammographer, and an emergency radiologist. With an affection for teaching, he spent more than 15 years of that time as the residency program director and has been honored as teacher of the year on several occasions. That original group of eight men has grown to be Advanced Radiology Services, a practice of more than 130 men and women radiologists and 30 advanced practice providers which serve more than 20 hospitals in the mid- and west Michigan areas. During his career, when he was not working weekend nights, you may have found him racing stock cars at a local dirt track.

Over the last several decades, Dr. Luttenton has served on many hospital committees, was radiology department chair, section chief of both interventional radiology and mammography, and corporate president. He has been most proud to help create the emergency radiology section and serve as its first section chief. He currently serves as the clinical director of emergency radiology for Spectrum Health. He was a councilor for the Michigan Radiological Society for many years and was honored with that society’s gold medal. He is a member of numerous national societies, serving on multiple committees, but none dearer to him than the American Society of Emergency Radiology, of which he is a proud fellow. He has had the privilege to participate on many committees in the ASER since joining in 1997. He currently serves as a liaison to the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma, representing the American College of Radiology, along with Dr. Clark West.

Dr. Luttenton is deeply grateful for the friendships and camaraderie he has developed as a member of ASER. He and his wife Mary both feel like ASER is truly family, and look forward to getting together each year.




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