About Dr. Chuck Dietzen
Dr. Chuck Dietzen
President & Founder,
Timmy Global Health (formerly the Timmy Foundation)
A pediatric rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Chuck Dietzen is the Founder and President of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization founded in 1997 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 commitment to serve the medically underserved in 1992 when he traveled to the former Soviet Union, followed by trips to Haiti in 1993. Yet, his work in global medicine took off after traveling to India in 1997 and 1998 on various orthopedic missions. There, he had the inspiring opportunity to work alongside Mother Teresa, and returned to the US with a vision to found Timmy Global Health and encourage future medical professionals to also be future humanitarians.
Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, 150 foster children came through his family’s home. It then 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 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. He was honored with the Indiana Medical School’s Distinguished Medical Alumni Award in recognition of his contributions on a national and global scale in May 2015.
Dr. Chuck is the author of many professional publications, grants, and professional presentations. Notably, his work was highlighted in the 1995 issue of 50 Most Positive Doctors in America, and also in the 2000 issue of Positive Profiles in Medicine, in addition to his numerous local, regional, and national awards for service and leadership. Complementing his work with Timmy Global Health, Dr. Chuck is also the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Director for Inpatient 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 of Bebor Model School, and the former Medical Director of CHAMP Camp for medically fragile children needing respiratory support.