A/Prof Pilgrim commenced his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 2009 through the University of Melbourne, which he completed in 2012 to advance the field of research into liver damage caused by chemotherapy. He then went on to the USA to complete a second fellowship as the Surgical Oncology fellow in HPB (Hepatopancreaticobiliary) Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Centre.
A/Prof Charles Pilgrim is a serving military surgeon with the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and was deployed to Afghanistan to serve in 2010 and to Iraq in 2016. He is a member of the Academy of Surgical Educators with the College of Surgeons and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Central Clinical School (Monash University) at The Alfred. He is Senior Trauma instructor for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the International Association for Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC).