Alan Carlson, M.D.
March 12, 2015
An accomplished eye surgeon and Ophthalmology professor, dedicated to solving great challenges
Dr. Alan Carlson is a full-time faculty member of the Duke Eye Center, serving as a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service. He received his M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. Dr. Carlson completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, TX.
Why Dr. Carlson was nominated:
- Dr. Carlson is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading eye surgeon. He is widely published and has lectured and taught all over the country.
- He has been named as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1996.
- He is a great teacher and mentor, both personally and professionally, to Fellows at the Duke Eye Center. He also trains and certifies many of the eye surgeons in the community.
- For the past 16 years, he has helped to coordinate eye screenings in downtown Durham twice a year – identifying several cases of glaucoma that would not have been detected otherwise.
- He has a combination of superior clinical talent and leadership ability.
Dr. Carlson is willing to take on extremely difficult medical challenges. He gave me hope to be able to see well again after other doctors had shut the door on the possibility. He is an upbeat, caring professional. Every visit with him is a joy and a wonderful experience.”
In Dr. Carlson’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
When I was younger, I thought: ‘science.’ When I came to Duke, my interest in medicine grew and was fed by great teachers and mentors. Medicine is the best application of my talents and passion and the most effective way to bring about better health and longer life. I have been blessed in so many ways and want to share it.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
Since 2001, I’ve been involved in downtown Durham with an urban ministry led by Andy Davis and Matthew Hodges. We do a range of things, including health screenings twice a year. I see people with glaucoma and people losing their eyesight and work to link them to the right community resources. We’re also looking at adding eye care to a dental van that travels throughout the state. I also work with Pregnancy Support Services (PSS), a group that supports young pregnant women.”
How would you use the award money?
I’d challenge several colleagues and patients to match the award amount! That way, I could grow it and spread the funds among all the community organizations I support.”