Dr. Grant Carlson Appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery

January 2010

Dr. Grant Carlson, who has been with the Department of Surgery at Emory since 1991, is the new Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. No stranger to high level administrative positions, Dr. Carlson served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1991-2003 and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology from 2000-2002. He will continue to be Chief of Surgical Services at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, a position he has held since 2000.

Board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery, Dr. Carlson is known for a skill-set that allows him to directly 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. His current research focuses on three-dimensional laser surface imaging in the evaluation of breast surgery, prognostic factors in malignant melanoma, outcome analysis in breast reconstruction, and refining oncoplastic breast surgery.

Dr. Calson has published and lectured extensively; has been a senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery; and is on the editorial boards of Annals of Surgical Oncology, Breast Diseases, The Breast Journal, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. T. Roderick Hester, the prior chief since 2001, will remain on the faculty, and the department thanks him for his years of impressive service.