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Charles Timmons, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Pathology


Dr. Timmons was born in South Carolina and raised primarily in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, as an undergraduate, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the M.D.-Ph.D. program, where he completed his doctoral dissertation under Dr. Neil Kirkman in the Division of Human Genetics and Metabolism. He completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and served as Chief Resident during his senior year. He then did a two year fellowship in Anatomic and Clinical Pediatric Pathology at The Children's Hospital in Denver under Dr. J. Bruce Beckwith.

Dr. Timmons joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1988 in the Division of Pediatric Pathology, based at Children's Medical Center Dallas, where he participates in the service activities of the Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, and Autopsy services. He is active on the Medical Staff of Children's, having served as Secretary of the Medical Staff and chair of the Transfusion, By-Laws, and Medical Records Committees.  He was recognized in 2001 for leading a task force that rewrote the medical staff constitution. He also participates in the Perinatal Autopsy service at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He has been the recipient of three small-group teaching awards for pathology from UT Southwestern medical students.  Since 2002, he has served as Director of Resident and Fellow Education for the Department of Pathology and he serves on UT Southwestern's Graduate Medical Education Committee.

Dr. Timmons is active on the national scene in both pediatric pathology and graduate medical education. He currently is the Chair of the Program Directors Section of the Association of Pathology Chairs, which is the national organization of pathology residency directors. He is one of the eight pathologists on the Review Committee for Pathology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which accredits residency and fellowship programs, and he serves on the American Board of Pathology's Test Development and Assessment Committee for Pediatric Pathology.  Dr. Timmons is active in the Society for Pediatric Pathology as the current Treasurer, having previously served as a Councilor-at-Large, a member of the Education, Abstract, Practice and Long-Term Planning Committees, Chair of the Slide Survey Subcommittee and of the Fellowship Committee, and Secretary for the Society. He was the recipient of SPP's Presidential Award for Outstanding Service in 2012 for his activities as Fellowship Committee Chair, which included the initial implementation of the ASCP Pediatric Pathology In-Service Examination. In that initiative, he served on the Resident In-Service Examination Committee of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and he is a current member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the College of American Pathologists, as well as a member of several professional task forces on milestones and entrustable professional activities in graduate medical education.

Education & Training
  • Internship - Northwestern University Medical Center (1982-1983), Pathology
  • University - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (1972-1982)
  • Medical School - University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill (1972-1977)
  • Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Denver (1986-1988), Pediatric Pathology
  • Residency - Northwestern University Medical Center (1983-1985), Pathology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Human Genetics (1980)
  • U.S. & Canadian Academy of Pathology (1989)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (1989), Residency In-Service Examination Committee 2010-2015
  • College of American Pathologists (1989), Graduate Medical Education Committee 2017-present
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (2013), Review Committee for Pathology, Vice-Chair 2018-present; Fellowship Milestones Working Group 2014-2015; Residency Milestones Revision Working Group 2018-present
  • American Society for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (2009)
  • Society for Pediatric Pathology (1986), President-Elect 2018-present; Treasurer 2013-2018; Secretary 2013-2017; Councilor-at-large 2012-2013; Fellowship Committee, 2006-2012, Chair, 2009-2012; Long-Term Planning Committee 2001-2004; Education Committee, 1998-2001, Abstract Selection Sub-Committee 1998-2001; Slide Survey Subcommittee, 1998-2001, Chair, 1999-2001; Practice Committee 1992-1995, 1998-2001
  • Association of Pathology Chairs - Program Directors Section (2002), Immediate Past Chair 2017-present; Chair 2014-2017; Secretary 2013-2014, Councilor-at-Large 2009-2013, Advocacy Committee 2014-2017, Pipeline Subcommittee 2014-2017, Autopsy Working Group 2015-present; Entrustable Professional Activities Working Group 2016-present
  • American Board of Pathology (2015), Test Development and Advisory Committee for Pediatric Pathology
Honors & Awards
  • College of American Pathologists 2017, Resident Advocate Award
  • Society for Pediatric Pathology 2012, Presidential Award for Meritorious Service and Leadership
  • Medical Student Teaching Award 2002, MSII Pathology Course - Small group teaching
Books & Publications
  • Pathology of pediatric tumors
  • Genetic analysis of hemoglobinopathies