Dr. Carlson is a radiation oncologist, certified by the American Board of Radiology. He received a medical doctorate degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson after earning a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. From 1999 to 2000, Dr. Carlson received advanced training in a medical/surgical rotating internship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, followed by a four-year radiation oncology residency also at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
His main interest and goal as a physician at the Confluence Health Cancer Center is to bring very high quality medicine to the more rural areas of Washington State. As a member of the Board of Directors at Confluence Health and the chairman of the Cancer Committee, he has been a staunch advocate for the relationship between Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Confluence Health. He has also worked hard to obtain a status of accreditation from the American College of Surgeons for the cancer treatment center as an approved cancer program.
“In my opinion, people in rural Washington should be able to get the finest cancer treatment available," says Carlson. "In the majority of cases this can be provided right here at home. But when I can’t provide that treatment, the collaboration with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance allows me the ability to have my patient seen within seven days by one of the top cancer physicians in the country.”