Dr. Greg Carlson is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon at Panorama Summit Orthopedics, specializing in sports medicine, with an additional focus on traumatic musculoskeletal injuries.
Dr. Carlson was born in Apple Valley, Minnesota and graduated from Apple Valley High School, where he played hockey and was captain of the soccer team, helping the soccer team to win the state championship his senior year. During freshman year of high school, Dr. Carlson suffered a knee injury and ultimately underwent surgery, which sparked his interest in orthopedics and set him on a lifelong path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
In 2011, Dr. Carlson completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he played on the soccer team. At the same time, he also was an EMT on campus and completed medical mission trips in Peru and Tanzania. Dr. Carlson was then accepted into medical school at the University of Minnesota, where his interest in orthopedic surgery was confirmed, especially after completing away rotations at the University of Vermont and University of Colorado.
Following medical school, Dr. Carlson completed his orthopedic surgery residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York where he received outstanding all-around orthopedic training, especially in managing high volume and high energy orthopedic trauma.
Given his prior experience with personal sports injuries, Dr. Carlson had a desire to gain additional training in sports medicine in order to treat injured athletes and help them return to sport. Therefore, Dr. Carlson returned to Minnesota for fellowship training in sports medicine at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Minneapolis. This fellowship granted him specialized training in advanced arthroscopy and sports medicine of the knee, hip, shoulder, and foot and ankle with a special focus on complex sports knee surgery, working under the mentorship of renowned complex sports knee surgeon Dr. Robert LaPrade.
During his fellowship, he also worked on research with Dr. LaPrade’s team, publishing several papers regarding sports knee pathology, including on meniscal root tears, multiple ligament knee reconstructions, and complex patellofemoral instability surgery. In addition, throughout his training he has provided sports medicine coverage to athletes of all ages and skill ranges, including providing coverage to Lakeville South High School, the Minnesota State High School League, Hamline and Augsburg Universities, Syracuse University, and the Syracuse Crunch AHL Hockey team. Dr. Carlson is looking forward to taking care of the Summit County community and is excited to get involved with caring for endurance and extreme athletes.
Dr. Carlson prides himself on his ability to communicate, plan, and work with the team to obtain the best outcomes for his patients. “I will strive to develop a relationship with my patient in order to understand their goals,” says Dr. Carlson. “Then, after a thorough work up including examination and imaging, we will discuss all treatment options, both non-operative and operative, in order to determine the best course to achieve the desired goal,” he says.
Dr. Carlson’s surgical interests include single and multiple ligament reconstructions about the knee (ACL, PCL, MCL, PLC, PTFJ), meniscal repair, cartilage surgery, patellofemoral instability surgery, high tibial and distal femoral osteotomies, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, open and arthroscopic shoulder instability surgeries, and ankle arthroscopy and instability surgery. In addition, he also provides both non-operative and operative solutions for upper and lower extremity fractures, as well as arthroplasty of the knee and shoulder.
Dr. Carlson has spent significant time in the Adirondack mountains of New York and is an avid outdoorsman and is ecstatic to be living in Summit County. When not caring for patients, you can find Dr. Carlson enjoying the Summit County outdoors with his wife and young daughter doing activities such as backpacking, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, downhill or cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. He also enjoys spending time with friends, attempting to cook, reading a good book, or traveling somewhere new.