Charles Mullett, M.D., Ph.D., has been named chair of West Virginia University’s Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Mullett has served in the position on an interim basis since 2016. 

Charles Mullett, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles Mullett, M.D., Ph.D.

The announcement comes on the heels of the expansion of WVU Medicine Children’s, which will open a new tower and ambulatory care center in 2020.

The ability to continue to serve the growing needs of West Virginia’s pediatric care initially attracted Mullett to the position, but it’s the dedication of the team and the opportunities that exist that prompted him to stay.

"WVU Medicine has a commitment to expanding the concentration of both generalist and specialists in pediatrics through our new Children’s Hospital, as well as through outreach centers and telemedicine opportunities,” Mullett said. “We want to reduce travel burdens and their associated costs to patients and families.”

Mullett says that the new tower will continue to put WVU on the map for excellent kids' care at the regional, state, and national level.

“As we continue to build on our already outstanding pediatrics presence, Dr. Mullett’s training and connections to our state will help us to continue to develop and adapt to the needs of West Virginia families and children,” Clay Marsh, M.D., Health Sciences vice president and executive dean, said.

A graduate of the WVU School of Medicine, Mullett completed residency training in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University and a pediatric critical care fellowship at the University of Utah, where he also received a doctorate degree in medical informatics. He is board certified in pediatric critical care.

Mullett’s previous position as the section chief for pediatric critical care will be assumed by Melvin Wright, D.O., current associate professor of pediatrics. Dr. Wright is board certified in pediatric critical care.

“With our ongoing growth and the new Children’s tower, this is an exciting time for WVU Pediatrics and for the Division of Critical Care,” Wright said. “I look forward to expanding on our foundation for delivering excellent critical care to the children of West Virginia and their families.”

Mullett is a Morgantown native and no stranger to the School. Both his mother and stepfather are former faculty members. Martha Mullett, M.D., served as a neonatologist and his stepfather, Bill Neal, M.D., served as a pediatric cardiologist and chair of the Department.

For more information on WVU’s Department of Pediatrics, visit