A pediatric rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Chuck Dietzen is the Founder and President of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization founded in 1997. The purpose of Timmy Global Health is to expand access to healthcare in the developing world, while empowering students and medical professional volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. Through its current work in Ecuador, Guatemala, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic, Timmy Global Health seeks to strengthen community-based healthcare initiatives by educating and investing in partner organizations, providing financial support, and facilitating medical teams to serve communities on-the-ground.
Dr. Chuck started his work with the medically underserved in 1992 when he traveled to the former Soviet Union, followed by trips to Haiti in 1993. His work in global medicine subsequently took off after traveling to India in 1997 and 1998 on various orthopedic missions. There, he had the opportunity to work alongside Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity. He returned to the US with a vision to start Timmy Global Health and encourage future medical professionals to also become future humanitarians.
Dr. Chuck grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, where 150 foster children came through his family’s home. It became apparent to his mother that he had a special gift with children and she encouraged him to become a pediatrician. Dr. Chuck is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree in 1983. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1987, and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency from the University of Alabama in 1991. In 2015, Dr. Chuck was the recipient of the highest honor a Governor of the State of Indiana can give; the Sagamore of the Wabash. Also in 2015, he received Indiana University Medical School’s Distinguished Medical Alumni Award in recognition of his humanitarian contributions across the globe.
Dr. Chuck is the author of professional publications, grants, and professional presentations. Notably, his work was highlighted in the 1995 issue of 50 Most Positive Doctors in America and in the 2000 issue of Positive Profiles in Medicine. Complementing his work with Timmy Global Health, Dr. Chuck is also the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Director for Pediatric Rehabilitation at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of iSalus Healthcare, Medical Director of Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Medical Program Consultant at Bradford Woods, Chief Medical Officer of TransitionMed, Tribal Chief of Bebor Model School in Nigeria, and the Medical Director of CHAMP Camp for medically fragile children needing respiratory support.
- Indiana University Medical School Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015
- Award of Excellence, presented by Bebor Model School Management, Ogoni Rivers State, Nigeria, 2015
- The Sagamore of the Wabash, by the Governor of the State of Indiana, 2015
- University High School Trailblazer Award for Stewardship, 2014
- Howard County Historical Society’s Hall of Legends Inductee, 2014
- America’s Top Physicians – Consumers' Research Council of America, 2003, 2009 - 2012
- Silver Sneaker Award – Champ Camp, 2011
- Old Master, Purdue University, 2008
- Hoosier Heroes Service Award, 2008
- Outstanding Community Service Award – Century 21 Foundation, 2007
- Service to Mankind – Northwest Indiana District Sertoma Club, 2007
- Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science – University of Indianapolis, 2007
- Leadership Award – WRTV Channel 6, 2007
- Service to Mankind – North Indianapolis Sertoma Club, 2006
- Chief of Light – Bane Village, Ogoni Tribe, Nigeria, 2005 - present
- W. Thomas Schemmel Character Award – United Cerebral Palsy of Indiana, 2004
- Service to Mankind – Indianapolis East Sertoma Club, 2003
- Purdue Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2002
- Cornerstone of Medicine Award, Hook's Discovery Learning Center, 2001
- Otis R. Bowen Physician Community Service Award – Indianapolis Medical Association, 2000
- Positive Profiles in Medicine, 2000
- Hoosier Science Celebrity – Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, 1999
- Leadership Award – National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1998
- The 50 Most Positive Doctors in America, 1995
- Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, 1995
- Outstanding Young Man of the Year – Ashland Area Jaycees, 1992
- Healthcare Reform Advisor – Citizens Abroad Program for Russia and Estonia, 1992