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 board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery, giving him a skill-set that allows him to treat cancer and reconstruct the damage it can cause, most frequently with breast cancer and head and neck cancer patients. His studies have afforded significant improvement in the outcome of breast reconstruction for patients with breast cancer, particularly his refinement of skin sparing mastectomy in the early years of the procedure. He was one of only a handful of surgeons nationwide performing the technique, and the improvements he made to its methods as well as his outcomes research contributed to making the procedure as common as it is today.


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

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

  • Top Doctors in Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, 2001

  • Top Breast Doctors in America, Redbook Magazine, 2001

  • Best Panel-Breast Category, 70th ASPA/PSEF/ASMS Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2001

  • Best Paper, Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 2000

  • Teacher of the Year, Division of Plastic Surgery, 1999-2000

  • Clinical Research Award, Society of Head and Neck Surgery, 1994

Current Editorial Boards

  • Annals of Surgical Oncology

  • Breast Diseases

  • The Breast Journal

  • (Associate Editor) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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/tumors

  • Breast reconstruction

  • Head and neck cancer

  • Mammography

  • Melanoma

  • Microvascular surgery

  • Sentinel node bx-breast

  • Sentinel node bx-melanoma

  • Skin cancer

Research Interests

  • Oncoplastic surgery of the breast

  • Three-dimensional laser surface imaging in the evaluation of breast surgery

  • Prognostic factors in malignant melanoma

  • Outcome analysis in breast reconstruction