MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Judie F. Charlton, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer (CMO) of WVU Healthcare and vice dean for clinical affairs of the WVU School of Medicine, effective immediately. Dr. Charlton has been serving as interim CMO since shortly after the creation of WVU Healthcare in 2010. The appointment was made jointly by Dean Arthur Ross, M.D., M.B.A., of the school and Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals.

The role of the chief medical officer is to serve as the primary physician executive in WVU Healthcare, which manages WVU-affiliated hospitals and medical practices in the Morgantown area.

“Dr. Charlton’s appointment is based on her solid record of accomplishment,” Dr. Ross said. “She has been a leader both in the School of Medicine and on several governing boards that oversee healthcare organizations affiliated with WVU. Most importantly, she has earned the complete trust of the faculty over and over again.”

“Dr. Charlton’s selection recognizes the valuable work she has done in the first year of unified hospital and clinic management,” McClymonds said. “What solidified our support for this appointment was the growing recognition that her qualifications, experience, temperament and judgment placed her at or above the level of any of the applicants from across the academic medical community.”

Charlton, an ophthalmologist specializing in glaucoma, is a native of Fairmont, W.Va. She graduated from the WVU School of Pharmacy in 1981, the WVU School of Medicine in 1985 and completed postgraduate training at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh and at WVU.

She joined the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology in 1989 and has been its chair since 2008. As chair, she has been the leader of the WVU Eye Institute, which treated more than 32,000 patients last year and houses WVU’s broad array of research into eye diseases and development. The Eye Institute also has a strong outreach program to assist West Virginians with vision problems. 

She also has served on the governing boards of the West Virginia United Health System and United Physicians Care, which emphasizes placing primary care physicians in rural or underserved areas of West Virginia

Charlton serves as a board examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and was on the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She has conducted research studies related to visual disability and dry eye and holds two patents for ophthalmic medication.

For more information: Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
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