About Dr. Carlson
Alan N. Carlson, M.D., loves caring for patients. That is only one of the reasons why he is recognized by his colleagues, peers in his field, and the vast medical community as a leading eye surgeon specializing in surgical procedures related to cataracts, corneal transplantation, and laser vision correction. Coming to Duke in 1974, he earned both his medical and undergraduate degrees from Duke University, with Summa Cum Laude graduation honors.
After completing his residency at the Cullen Eye Institute, he successfully completed two separate fellowships in Corneal and Refractive surgery. Serving as residency program director and Chief of the Corneal Service at the Medical University of South Carolina for 8 years, he was recruited back to Duke in 1996 where he continues to serve as a full-time faculty member of the Duke Eye Center as Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service. He was selected among the top 6 refractive surgeons in university environments and is an active member in over a dozen professional societies and one of the most experienced anterior segment surgeons in the country having performed over 52,500 successful surgical procedures in his ophthalmic career.
Dr. Carlson has delivered over 350 invited lectures and courses across four continents, including several visiting professorships and named lectureships. He has published over 135 articles, book chapters and surgical teaching videos distributed internationally. Dr. Carlson was twice honored with the APPI Crystal Award in Japan for his clinical research and innovation in ophthalmic surgery. In 1998 he received the academic honor award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and in 2012, he was again recognized with the senior honor award for academic contributions. He is the 2010 recipient of the Golden Apple “Teacher of the Year” award at Duke and received “Teacher of the Year” recognition in 2011 and 2012 by the ophthalmic technicians in training.
Dr. Carlson has conducted over 55 television and radio interviews and performed the first televised LASIK procedure in this region. Along with being featured in publications such as Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and RedBook, Dr. Carlson serves as a reviewer for submissions to the top publications in his field. He is also on the medical advisory board for Review of Ophthalmology and served previously as editor of the surgical complications section for Review of Refractive Surgery.
Dr. Carlson’s dedication to delivering the highest quality of eye care contributes to the “Duke Difference” and a quality visit for every patient. Dr. Carlson’s passion for both the art and science of patient care is readily apparent to patients and family members from the first visit as he aims to provide the latest in technological advances and innovation delivered in the safest manner possible.
As the delivery of health care responds to significant and rapid change, Dr. Carlson remains meticulously circumspect with regard to his relationships with Industry and Corporations. His judgment, product selection, patient counseling, and treatment recommendations are never clouded by outside pressures or these relationships.