Dr. Sandra Charles, MD has been has been honored by the American Health Council as “Best in Medicine.” Dr. Sandra Charles has been appointed to the distinguished Board of Physicians, in recognition of her role as Chief Medical Officer for the Library of Congress: Office of Health Services. With almost four decades of experience within the industry, Dr. Charles’ expertise and contributions are mainly focused on internal medicine, occupational medicine and the elderly.
From a young age, Dr. Charles has always been inspired to become a doctor and a teacher. She was drawn to internal medicine and occupational medicine. In order to fulfill her desired career, Dr. Charles went on to study for her medical doctorate at Howard University and graduated in 1978. Moving forward, after already having spent twenty-six years in the healthcare sector, she went on to attain her graduate certificate in business of medicine in 2004 at The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School.
Having spent twenty-nine years in her current position, Dr. Sandra Charles continues to successfully perform her role as Chief Medical Officer for the Library of Congress: Office of Health Services. The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research of Congress. It is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recording, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collection. The institution provides a variety of services including acquisitions, copyright, archival descriptions, duplication services, publishing, preservation, and law library.
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charles’ responsibilities and duties vary on a daily basis. These include running the occupational clinic for employees who are injured or ill as well as providing expert medical advisory to the library management on public health. Additionally, she prepares and trains the team to be responsive in a medical emergency.
Dr. Charles has always seen high levels of success throughout her extensive career, from awards to acknowledgement. One of such achievements is the Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness Program Recognition. Other accomplishments Dr. Charles is proud of include being on the board of directors at collington episcopal life care community, past secretary and board member at Leading Age and being trilingual in French, German, and Spanish. She attributes her success to her profound passion for medicine. As a child, her grandmother instilled a great work ethic in her which she has carried throughout her personal and work life. Additionally, Dr. Charles found medicine to be very rewarding.
To continue to broaden her knowledge and understanding, Dr. Charles’ is associated with range of professional organizations including the american college of occupational environmental medicine, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and is also a volunteer treasurer.
Looking into the future, Dr. Charles would like to be involved in mission work, as well as influencing healthcare in a positive way. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling to see new places as well as spending time with her loved ones.
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Chief Medical Officer for the Library of Congress: Office of Health Services
- The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research m of Congress.
- It is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recording, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collection.
Professional Awards & Honors
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness Program Recognition
- American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine