Doug Carlson, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Medical Director, St. John's Children's Hospital

    About me

    Douglas Carlson, MD, earned an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981. He then completed his medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL in 1984, and residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO in 1987. Prior to coming to SIU and HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital in 2014, Dr. Carlson was with Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis for more than 25 years. There he was the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Patient Safety and Clinical Quality as well as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Carlson’s research focuses on improving processes of care. Much of that work has focused on improving access and outcomes in pediatric sedation. Dr. Carlson is recognized internationally for his work in pediatric sedation. Dr. Carlson continues to provide care to children and adolescents in the emergency department and inpatient pediatric unit of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Dr. Carlson is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-Board on Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Carlson is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.


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    Education & training

    Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
    Medical Director of St. John's Children's Hospital
    Board Certifications
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Medical School
    SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
    Undergraduate Degree
    Illinois Wesleyan University
    St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO


    • Srinivasan M, Bhaskar S, Carlson DW (2015). Variation in Procedural Sedation Practices Among Children’s Hospitals.  Hosp Pediatr. March 2015, 5(3):148-153.
    • Jaskiewicz, J. A., McCarthy, C. A., Richardson, A. C., White, K. C., Fisher, D. J., Dagan, R., Powell, K. R. (1994). Febrile infants at low risk for serious bacterial infection--an appraisal of the Rochester criteria and implications for management. Febrile Infant Collaborative Study Group. Pediatrics, 94 (3), 390-6 PubMed: 8065869.
    • Green, S. M., Clark, R., Hostetler, M. A., Cohen, M., Carlson, D., Rothrock, S. G. (1999). Inadvertent ketamine overdose in children: clinical manifestations and outcome. Ann Emerg Med, 34 (4 Pt 1), 492-7 PubMed: 10499950.
    • Carlson, D. W., Fentzke, K. M., Dawson, J. G. (2003). Pediatric hospitalists fill varied roles in the care of newborns. Pediatr Ann, 32 (12), 802-10 PubMed: 14696285.
    • Patterson, M. D., Boenning, D. A., Klein, B. L., Fuchs, S., Smith, K. M., Hegenbarth, M. A., Carlson, D. W., Krug, S. E., Harris, E. M. (2005). The use of high-dose epinephrine for patients with out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest refractory to prehospital interventions. Pediatr Emerg Care, 21 (4), 227-37 PubMed: 15824681.
    • Whitcomb W, Carlson D, Genato J (2006). A Challenge for a New Specialty: A White Paper on Hospitalist Career Satisfaction, Workload/Schedule (Chapter 5). The SHM Career Satisfaction Task Force
    • Lynne Strauser Sterni, MD, Author Vitae, Staci Beck, BSNAuthor Vitae, Jennifer Cole, MDAuthor Vitae, Doug Carlson, MDAuthor Vitae, Mike Turmelle, MD (2008). A Model for Pediatric Sedation Centers Using Pharmacologic Sedation for Successful Completion of Radiologic and Procedural Studies. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 27 (2), 46-60.
    • Stucky, E. R., Maniscalco, J., Ottolini, M. C., Agrawal, R., Alverson, B., Ballantine, A., Beauchamp-Walters, J., Billman, G. F., Buchanan, A. O., Carlson, D. W., Chiang, V. W., Clemmens, M. R., Clute, J. L., Phillips, S. C., Dansky, T., Daru, J., Daud, Y. N., DeWolfe, C., Geskey, J. M., Hain, P. D., Herzog, K., Hood, M., Johnson, K. B., Johnson, R., Kelly, B., Kimmons, H. C., Li, S. T., Lye, P. S., Maniscalco, J., Marcello DE, 3rd, Melzer, S. M., Mikula, M. I., Mirkinson, L. J., Miller, C. D., O'Hara, C., Ottolini, M. C., Pate, B. M., Patrick, D., Percelay, J. M., Pressel, D., Rehm, K. P., Rhee, K. E., Riederer, M. F., Ruhlen, M., Seidel, H. M., Sekaran, A., Shadman, K. A., Singla, V., Smith, K., Sperring, J. L., Stryjewski, G., Stucky, E. R., Thompson ED, J. r., Turmelle, M., Tynan, M. G., Williams, R. J., Wolf, H., Wu, S., Zaoutis, L. B., Zempsky, W. T. (2010). The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies Supplement: a Framework for Curriculum Development by the Society of Hospital Medicine with acknowledgement to pediatric hospitalists from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academic Pediatric Association. J Hosp Med, 5 Suppl 2, i-xv, 1-114 PubMed: 20440783.
    • Mason, K. P., Green, S. M., Piacevoli, Q., International Sedation Force, Task (2012). Adverse event reporting tool to standardize the reporting and tracking of adverse events during procedural sedation: a consensus document from the World SIVA International Sedation Task Force. Br J Anaesth, 108 (1), 13-20 PubMed: 22157446.
    • Turmelle, M., Moscoso, L. M., Hamlin, K. P., Daud, Y. N., Carlson, D. W. (2012). Development of a pediatric hospitalist sedation service: training and implementation. J Hosp Med, 7 (4), 335-9 PubMed: 22042550.
    • Rauch, D. A., Lye, P. S., Carlson, D., Daru, J. A., Narang, S., Srivastava, R., Melzer, S., Conway, P. H. (2012). Pediatric hospital medicine: a strategic planning roundtable to chart the future. J Hosp Med, 7 (4), 329-34 PubMed: 21994159.
    • Srinivasan, M., Turmelle, M., Depalma, L. M., Mao, J., Carlson, D. W. (2012). Procedural sedation for diagnostic imaging in children by pediatric hospitalists using propofol: analysis of the nature, frequency, and predictors of adverse events and interventions. J Pediatr, 160 (5), 801-806.e1 PubMed: 22177990.
    • Hrach, C. M., Smith, C. A., Shah, P. P., Guth, R. M., Lashly, D., Carlson, D. W. (2013). Successful implementation of a referral-based academic pediatric hospitalist service. Hosp Pediatr, 3 (1), 52-8 PubMed: 24319836.
    • Gosdin, C., Simmons, J., Yau, C., Sucharew, H., Carlson, D., Paciorkowski, N. (2013). Survey of academic pediatric hospitalist programs in the US: Organizational, administrative, and financial factors. J Hosp Med PubMed: 23447445.
    • Schor, N. F., Carlson, D. W. (2013). Pediatric neurohospitalists: an idea that has come of age?. Neurology, 80 (10), 880-1 PubMed: 23325901.
    • Paciorkowski, N., Pruitt, C., Lashly, D., Hrach, C., Harrison, E., Srinivasan, M., Turmelle, M., Carlson, D. (2013). Development of performance tracking for a pediatric hospitalist division. Hosp Pediatr, 3 (2), 118-28 PubMed: 24340412.
    • Srinivasan, M., Carlson, D. W. (2013). A proposed mechanism to assess knowledge of pediatric hospitalists to identify and manage rare events during procedural sedation. Hosp Pediatr, 3 (4), 381-5 PubMed: 24435198.
    • Srinivasan, M., Carlson, D. W. (2013). Procedural sedation by pediatric hospitalists: analysis of the nature and incidence of complications during ketamine and nitrous
    • xide sedation. Hosp Pediatr, 3 (4), 342-7 PubMed: 24435192.
    • Bucklen K, Shah N, Carlson D, Pruitt C.  Development of a Pediatric Hospitalist Curriculum to Promote Faculty Development and Evidence-Based Care.  Hospital Pediatrics.  2014:4(6):387-392.
    • Srinivasan, M, Bhaskar, S, Carlson, D.W. (2015). Variation in Procedural Sedation Practices Among Children’s Hospitals.  Hosp Pediatr. March 2015, 5 (3):148-153.
    • Mark G. Roback, Douglas W. Carlson, Franz E. Babl, and Robert M. Kennedy.  Update on pharmacological management of procedural sedation for children.  Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. February 2016 29(sup.1): s20-s35.
    • Williams MR, Ward DS, Carlson D, Cravero J, Dexter F, Lightdale JR, Mason KP, Miner J, Vargo JJ, Berkenbosch JW, Clark RM, Constant I, Dionne R, Dworkin RH, Gozal D, Grayzel D, Irwin MG, Lerman J, O’Connor RE, Pandharipande P, Rappaport BA, Riker RR, Tobin JR, Turk DC, Twersky RS, Sessler DI.  Evaluating Patient-Centered Outcomes in Clinical Trials of Procedural Sedation, Part 1 Efficacy: Sedation Consortium on Endpoints and Procedures for Treatment, Education, and Research Recommendations.  Anesth Analg, 2016 Sep 12, PMID: 27622720, DOI: 10.1213/ANE.000000000001566.