Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome
Charles W. Callender, M.D., to
Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pulmonary Medicine.
After graduating from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in
biology, Callender decided to combine his love of science and desire to
help people by becoming a physician. He earned his medical degree from
the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, and completed his
internal medicine residency training in his native hometown, Washington,
D.C., at Washington Hospital Center. It was during his fellowships at
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, that he realized his true passion,
which he credits to the guidance of his incredible mentors, and began
working towards becoming a pulmonary and critical care physician.
Callender treats patients for a variety of lung related illnesses, such
as respiratory distress syndrome, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD), lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension sarcoidosis (inflammation
of the lungs), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and tuberculosis.
He describes his approach to practicing medicine as treating people like
family. “I treat my patients the way I would want to be treated
or have my family members treated,” Callender says. “I enjoy
looking at a complex problem, finding a solution and fighting for my patients
to get better. At the end of the day, I’m happiest when I have helped
Callender’s first experience working at the Health System was during
the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I really admired the Health
System’s approach to patient care,” he explains. “Everyone,
from respiratory therapists to physicians to nurses, were all very focused
on what was best for the patient. To remember to do that during such a
challenging time is impressive and that is why I wanted to return to join
Southeast Georgia Health System.”
Prior to joining the Health System, Callender was a pulmonary and critical
care physician at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. While in Macon, he
also served as Professor of Medicine at Mercer University Medical School.
Additionally, Callender has extensively researched, written and presented
several medical journal articles domestically and internationally.
In his free time, Callender enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis or hiking
with his wife and son. He also makes sure he saves some time for one of
his favorite passions--playing video games.
Callender joins a three-member team of providers at Southeast Georgia Physician
Associates-Pulmonary Medicine in Brunswick. To learn more, visit
sghs.org/pulmonary-medicine or call 912-466-5504.