Dr. Douglas Carlson Named Chair of Pediatrics


October 1, 2014

Dr. Douglas Carlson Named Chair of Pediatrics

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine alumnus Douglas Carlson, M.D., has been named professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.

“Dr. Carlson’s decades of leadership in pediatrics will greatly benefit our medical school, our pediatrics faculty, and most importantly, our young patients,” said Dean and Provost J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D.

A 1984 alumnus of the School of Medicine, Carlson has spent his career at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, most recently as a pediatrics professor, director of the pediatric hospitalist medicine division and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and Safety. He first joined Wash U in 1987 after completing his residency there.

Among his many honors, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received an Award for Clinical Excellence from the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Senior Fellow of Pediatrics Hospital Medicine.

Carlson serves in numerous leadership roles on numerous committees and pediatric organizations. He is the Workforce Taskforce Leader for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Leadership Committee, chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine Pediatric Committee and chair of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine National Conference Planning Committee.

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Carlson serves on the steering committee for Value in Inpatient Pediatrics, Quality Improvement and Innovations Network of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He also serves as the Society of Hospital Medicine representative to the Joint Council of Pediatrics Hospital Medicine. He is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations, including the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and the AAP’s Sections on Emergency Medicine and Hospital Care.

Carlson earned his bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington (1981) and his medical degree at SIU (1984). He completed a pediatrics residency at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis (1987). He is currently board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. His numerous presentations, book chapters and research publications focus on a variety of pediatric conditions, from child abuse and emergency care to procedural sedation and pediatric hospital medicine. A native of Decatur, he and his wife, Kate, have two children Erik, 24 and Emily, 11.

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854

Lauren Murphy,
SIU, 217-545-2819


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