July 13, 2012

Charles E. Mueller, M.D. Scholarship

Charles E. Mueller was raised in Long Island, New York. In 1961 he received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He went on to study at the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating in 1965. After an internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he spent two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War where he earned the Army Commendation Medal. In 1968, he returned to Ann Arbor and completed his residency in General Radiology in 1971. From 1971 until July 1972, he was an instructor at the University Hospital. In July 1972, he came to Saginaw and joined Medical Radiologic Consultants (MRC), P.C., servicing Saginaw General Hospital.

At Saginaw General Hospital, Dr. Mueller was instrumental in installing the first ultrasound machine in Saginaw and also establishing the first dedicated breast center in Saginaw, with mammography and ultrasound equipment. Dr. Mueller served on the Quality Assurance Committee at Saginaw General Hospital for 17 years and was also on the board of both regional and state quality assurance organizations. He was on the Saginaw General Hospital Medical Executive Committee from 1976 (Ex-officio as Quality Assurance Chair), then ultimately as Chief of Staff in 1998 at the time of the Covenant merger – a total of 22 years on the medical executive committee. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Saginaw General Hospital from 1996 to 1998. Dr. Mueller was appointed to the board of Covenant HealthCare and Medical Center and was very active in the integration of the two medical staffs. Dr. Mueller served as the first full-term Chief of Staff of Covenant Medical Center. He was instrumental in initiating the project to establish a Wound Center.

In 1976, Dr. Mueller became interested in the politics of medicine, especially Radiology. He served on the board of directors of the Saginaw Valley chapter of the Michigan Radiological Society (MRS) for 32 years, from 1976 to 2008. He received his Fellowship in the American College of Radiology in 1986 in Montreal, Québec. He served on many committees in the MRS and was President of the Society in 1995-96. He was active with the American College of Radiology, serving on many committees, and was Counselor to the House of Delegates for 12 years – the last six on the Council Steering Committee, which is advisory to the Board of Chancellors, the only Michigan Radiologist to ever serve on this committee. Because of his service to the MRS and ACR he received the Gold Medal from the Michigan Radiological Society in 2008.

Dr. Mueller’s was involved with the Saginaw County Medical Society, working and chairing many committees, and as President from 1984 to 1985.

He also served as President of MRC for a number of years, vice president of AMI and finally president of Advanced Diagnostic Imaging.

Dr. Mueller is an enthusiastic Michigan alumnus and follower of their football and basketball teams. He served six years on the Board of Governors of the University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Association and remains an Emeritus member. He belongs to numerous professional societies and has authored several scientific articles and given numerous guest lectures and presentations. He also continues to serve on the MRS Fellowship Committee and the ACR Ethics Committee and is now on the board of Saginaw County Department of Public Health.


  • Resident of Saginaw, Bay or Midland Counties
  • Pursuing a graduate degree in Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Full-time enrollment

Evaluation Criteria

  • Financial need
  • Academic record
  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • Work experience
  • Extracurricular/school activities
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