Dr. Carlson joined OSC in 1999, and serves as the President and Managing Partner. He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine specialist who focuses on the treatment of injuries and disorders of the spine. Dr. Carlson also sees patients for a wide variety of general orthopaedic issues and problems and favors conservative treatment for his patients. He is a thought-leader and pioneer in the development and implementation of minimally-invasive spinal surgery procedures and techniques. He actively seeks new and advanced technologies as treatment options and carefully selects those that will offer the best outcome for his patients.
After receiving his B.S. from University of Maryland, Dr. Carlson promptly began medical school at George Washington University. Upon completion of medical school, he did an internship in General Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Post-graduate training included his residency at Harvard University, and two fellowships; one in Orthopaedic Trauma surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the other a combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Fellowship in Spine Surgery at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was an instructor of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at Harvard University before joining OSC. Dr. Carlson is the first Fellowship-trained spine surgeon on the Peninsula.
Dr. Carlson stays actively involved in continuing medical education by teaching spine surgery techniques around the world. He is the Chief of Surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, VA, and has received many awards including being named one of America’s Top Orthopaedic Spine Reconstructive Surgeons, the Arthritis Foundation’s Medical Excellence Award, and Becker’s Specialty Review Spine Surgeons to Know.