Francis Charlton, MD

"To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there." Barbara Bush 

Whether he is putting his arms around his grateful patients or one of this three beloved daughters, Dr. Francis (Frank) Charlton, Jr., is always there for his family. Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. Charlton just hasn't been able to get away from his home becauseof all of his "family."

Charlton, who grew up only a half mile from his current private practice on Ocean Avenue, was groomed to be a physician by his late father, Dr. Francis Charlton, Sr., who was well respected at St. Mary's.

Charlton says, "My dad was a role model and an instrumental figure in my life. The affect he had on the community was invaluable."

As a boy, he attended St. Ignatius High School and continued his education at the prestigious Stanford University for his bachelor's degree and Georgetown University for medical school. While he enjoyed his time in Washington, DC, he had left his heart in San Francisco; thus he returned for his residency work, which is when he met his supportive wife, Kate.

As former Chief of Staff of St. Mary's, Dr. Charlton was thrilled to be leading the St. Mary's team and honored and privileged to have held this prestigious role. It is a position he has worked hard to earn and seems only fitting that a family man would help lead St. Mary's through many upcoming changes.

When asked about retiring, Dr. Charlton says he doesn't think about it much. As long as he is capable to serve his patients, he plans to keep caring for them. He has no plans to retire in the near future.

When he does finally retire, he will always be remembered for his superb care for his patients; after all, he is one of the top physicians consistently honored annually by patients for Doctor's Day.

"He is very caring. Thank you for keeping me healthy year after year," says an anonymous Dr. Charlton grateful patient.

And not many people know it, but his eldest daughter is on the verge of graduating from medical school herself. There may just be another Charlton to carry on the family tradition.