John Charles, MD

John Charles, MD, FACEP

John A. Charles, MD, FACEP, is an Emergency Physician and former hospital Chief Medical Officer. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C, and his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Georgetown University, also in Washington DC.

Dr. Charles is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Dr. Charles served as ship’s Medical Officer on the USS Sylvania (AFS-2), and as Emergency Department director with the Marine Corps at the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, NC.

After military service Dr. Charles joined the Emergency Medicine staff at the Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. Demonstrating a high level of communicative skills over a number of years on medical staff governance, Dr. Charles was asked to create the role of Chief Medical Officer for the medical center. He served in this position for 12 years, and was instrumental in substantial growth of the medical center, the development of a number of clinical initiatives, and the establishment of effective collaboration between Medical Staff and hospital administration.

Dr. Charles subsequently joined the McLeod Health organization and served as Chief Medical Officer for two McLeod facilities in the Myrtle Beach area.

Over his 30-year career Dr. Charles has established a remarkable combination of clinical expertise and administrative skills, with a deep understanding of the challenges inherent in the interface between regulatory and financial forces, novel technologies, and the practical aspects of front line clinical practice.

Dr. Charles also served as Medical Director with CuraLase clinical services. In this capacity, Dr. Charles and six other medical doctors on the CuraLase team developed and refined the most effective and clinically proven treatment protocols for the use of Photon Therapy. He is among the few physicians with this level of hands on experience using the CuraLase Photon Therapy technology.