Faculty Profile

Grant Carlson, MD

Grant W. Carlson, MD

Wadley R. Glenn Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine (Dr. Carlson has dual appointments in the divisions of plastic surgery and surgical oncology)

Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory

Chief of Surgical Services, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Professor of Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory (secondary appointment)

Telephone: 404.778.5233

Email: gcarlso@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1991


Dr. Carlson is one of the small number of surgeons who is fellowship trained in both plastic surgery and surgical oncology. This unique skill set allows him to treat breast cancer and the damage it can cause. His studies of nipple and skin sparing mastectomy have afforded significant improvements in the outcomes of breast reconstruction for patients with breast cancer. He is also a leading expert in microvascular surgery for head and neck cancer patients.


View Dr. Carlson's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center


  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Class of 1982

  • General Surgery Residency, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 1982-1987

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency, Emory, 1987-1989

  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1989-1991 

Honors and Awards

  • Golden Provider Award, Emory University (Top 10% nation wide for patient satisfaction), 2015-2017

  • Outstanding Patient Satisfaction Award, Emory Healthcare, 2014-2017

  • Teacher of the Year Award, Division of Plastic Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2016

  • Best Breast Paper Award, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2016

  • James Barrett Brown Award, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, 2015

  • Junior Residents' Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2005

Current Editorial Boards

  • Breast Diseases

  • The Breast Journal

Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

  • American Medical Association

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, Senior Examiner

  • Southeastern Surgical Association

  • Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • The Jurkiewicz Society

  • The Society of Surgical Oncology, Fellow

  • The Society of Head and Neck Surgery, Fellow

  • M.D. Anderson Associates

  • Commission on Cancer, Liaison Physician and Member

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • The Georgia Surgical Society

  • Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons

  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

  • Plastic Surgery Research Council

  • Southern Surgeons Club

  • Southern Surgical Association

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons

  • Atlanta Surgical Society

  • Association of Academic Chairman of Plastic Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer

  • Breast reconstruction

  • Mammography

  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy breast

Research Interests

  • Oncoplastic surgery of the breast

  • Nipple malposition after nipple sparing mastectomy

  • Outcome analysis in breast reconstruction