Charles L. Rosen, MD, PhD
Neurosurgeon and Former WVU Professor

I had the honor and pleasure to work alongside Dr. Charles Rosen for six years as the
Ambulatory Nurse Manager for Neurosurgery at West Virginia University Medicine in
Morgantown, West Virginia. During his tenure as Chair of Neurosurgery at WVU, we
experienced tremendous clinical growth while simultaneously experiencing an increase in patient
and employee satisfaction. It was Dr. Rosen’s leadership, his consistent effort to value all parties,
and his “lead by example” approach that made the difference and improved the lives of patients
and staff alike.

During the six years we worked together, I witnessed his dedicated commitment and support of
his colleagues, employees, and patients. Dr. Rosen handled extremely sensitive and challenging
scenarios with calmness, fairness, respect, and dignity. Although the clinic environment is often
hectic and stressful, Dr. Rosen never ceased to share a laugh, listen to a personal story, and offer
encouragement. Expressions of affection and trust were often shared with me by all who had
contact with him; especially those under his care and leadership.

On a personal note, Dr. Rosen provided me with unwavering support for my personal and
professional aspirations. He encouraged me to pursue leadership roles on the Recruitment and
Retention Nursing Council and the Nursing Leadership Committee. He also supported my
continuing education so I was able to enroll and graduate from the Bachelor of Science in
Nursing Program at West Virginia University. All this was possible while maintaining a
satisfying work/life balance.

Dr. Rosen gave me space and opportunity to improve my knowledge, skills, and life. I am a
better manager, nurse, and human being after working for and with him. Dr. Rosen is a stellar
surgeon and most importantly a good man. I have witnessed him save countless lives, some close
to my own heart, as well as make countless lives better. Those who know him personally would
agree.

Natalie Fisher-Perez, RN, BSN

Meet Dr. Rosen

Dr. Rosen most recently served as Department Chair of Neurological Surgery at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine from 2012 through 2017, following his 2011 appointment as Interim Department Chair.

He joined the faculty at WVU in 2001 and held various positions in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery, including vice chair, director of research and the neurosurgical research laboratories, and director of cranial base surgery.

He was professor of Neurosurgery and Program Director for Residency in Neurological Surgery in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery at WVU School of Medicine, among other academic and clinical roles.

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Testimonial: Ed DeCosta

The name of it was a hemangiopericytoma, and it was in the frontal lobe, the front part of my brain cavity, and it had grown to the size of a grapefruit. It was impacting my self-awareness, and so I was behaving in very different ways. And of course my...

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Testimonials: Cara Sedney, MD

I've known Dr. Rosen since I was a medical student. He started out as a mentor, mentoring me through the process to become a neurosurgeon, then he was my boss as a trainee, then I stayed on at WVU and he was my boss in my first job. I've known him as a...

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Testimonial: Richard Douglas, MD

Several years ago, I became critically ill, where I was hospitalized at the university hospital for two months. He visited me every day of the week for two months to check on my well-being. As a fellow department member, he felt that was part of his...

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