Dr. Chuck Dietzen Launches Campaign for U.S. CongressOct 3 | News
Zionsville, IN – Today, Republican Dr. Chuck Dietzen launched his campaign for U.S. Congress to serve Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. The news follows Congresswoman Susan Brook’s announcement that she will not seek another term in the U.S. House.
“I want to serve the community that has given me extraordinary opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people here and all over the world,” said Dietzen. “I am humbled by – and deeply grateful for – the support I have received from my colleagues, patients, friends, and members of our community.”
“Some important and far-reaching issues will be decided in Washington in the near future,” said Dietzen. “I want to make sure we make healthcare work for patients, and socialized medicine does not work. I want to ensure our families and communities thrive – to do that we must protect our constitutional freedoms.”
A lifelong Republican, Dr. Chuck Dietzen lives in Zionsville, Indiana, and recently retired from his position as Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. He is the founder of, and a volunteer for, Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis based nonprofit that has worked to expand healthcare access in developing countries. “Dr. Chuck,” as Dietzen is known, grew up in Kokomo, Indiana, where his family fostered more than 150 children.
Dr. Chuck is a distinguished alumnus of Purdue University’s School of Agriculture where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. His mother encouraged him to consider medical school and go into pediatrics, instead of pursuing a career as a veterinarian as he had planned. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1987 and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1991. His work has been highlighted in The 50 Most Positive Doctors in America (1996), as well as in Positive Profiles in Medicine (2000). In 2015, Dr. Chuck was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Indiana University School of Medicine. In 2017, he authored a critically acclaimed and award-winning book, Pint-Sized Prophets, which highlights the lessons his young patients in both rehab and hospice have taught him.
In addition to his work as a physician and philanthropist, Dietzen co-founded iSalus Healthcare, an electronic medical records system that reduces paperwork and maximizes the quality time doctors are able to spend with their patients.
Dr. Dietzen is also an accomplished athlete. He was the first quarterback for the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1989 while completing his residency. He also played football for Team USA (1995), and for the Brisbane Bulldogs in Australia (1997). Dr. Dietzen has also played competitive rugby.
You can view Dr. Chuck’s announcement video here.