With an innate interest in medicine, Dr. Charles Hartzell knew he would enter his profession from a young age. He received a Bachelor of Science from Geneva College in 1963 and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry from Indiana University in 1967. Then, Dr. Hartzell spent the following two years in Melbourne, Australia as a fellow at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). After this, he returned to the United States as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, where he worked at the institute of enzyme research for three years.
In 1970, Dr. Hartzell became an established investigator of the American Heart Association, doing basic cardiac science. He then became an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and later progressed to be an associate professor. In 1978, he became head of the neuro-muscular disease lab at Albert Einstein Hospital for children (now the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore). During this time, Dr. Hartzell also served as a senior research scientist and the director of research at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute. He was later appointed director of research for Nemours Children’s Clinics and then became the research manager for the Nemours Foundation. Currently, he serves as a professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Memorial College in Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to his work in medicine, Dr. Hartzell has also been interested in the relationship between science and religion. In 2002, he received a Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary. Since receiving his theological degree, he has served as director of Cross Heart Ministries Inc. in Wilmington, DE. Through his work in the church, he has been able to impact a significant number of people who consider him to be a good teacher. He takes joy in telling and illustrating biblical farm stories. In his spare time outside of work, Dr. Hartzell enjoys ballroom dancing, music, exercise, and cabinet making.
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