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Brandon B. Carlson, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Professional Background

Dr. Brandon B Carlson is a spine surgeon who specializes in comprehensive spine care. As an academic spine surgeon, he treats patients with a multitude of problems including degenerative conditions, spinal deformity, scoliosis, cervical spine disorders, traumatic injuries, spinal tumors and metastatic tumors, infections, revision spinal surgery, back pain, neck pain, radiculopathy, and sciatica.

Dr. Carlson completed his undergraduate degree at University of Kansas in Lawrence KS. he then completed a degree in Master of Public Health at University of Kansas - School of Medicine as well as his medical school training at University of Kansas - School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at University of Kansas - School of Medicine in Kansas City, KS. He then completed a fellowship in Complex Spine and Scoliosis surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY before starting as a staff surgeon at University of Kansas Health System.

He has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery. He was integral in the process of acquiring advanced robotic technology at the University of Kansas Health System for spinal surgery. He is one of the leading surgeons utilizing robotic-assisted surgery to perform minimally invasive procedures and offer patients faster recovery, less pain, and optimal outcomes. He also has a passion for spinal deformity procedures including scoliosis in both adults and pediatric patients.

Dr Carlson's treatment philosophies involve treating all patients as if they were family. His objectives are to relieve painful conditions with the least amount of surgical impact to the patient. This allows patients can recover faster and get back to living their lives. His practice, his nursing staff in clinic staff, and the staff and his operating room are all extremely patient focused. They take pride in providing the highest level of care when performing these complex procedures and for pre-operative and post-operative care.

In his free time, Dr. Carlson enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog. He enjoys traveling, cooking, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and golf.

Education and Training
  • BS, Business Administration, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Kansas-School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • MD, Medicine, University of Kansas - School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Kansas - School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Clinical Fellowship, Spinal Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Kansas Medical License, Kansas Board of Healing Arts
Professional Affiliations
  • American Medical Association, Member, 2018 - Present
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spinal Surgery, Member, 2018 - Present
  • AOSpine North America, Member, 2017 - Present
  • North American Spine Society, Member, 2015 - Present



From an academic standpoint, Dr. Carlson is actively involved in research. He is focused on research involving spinal deformity, minimally invasive surgery, robotic assisted spinal surgery, intraoperative safety measures, metabolic bone disease and how it impacts the spine, radiographic diagnostic methods in degenerative spinal conditions, the biomechanics of spinal deformity procedures, and patient reported outcomes.

  • Okano, I, Carlson, B., B, Chiapparelli, E, Salzmann, S., N, Winter, F, Shirahata, T, Miller, C., O, Rentenberge, C, Shue, J, Carrino, J., A, Sama, A., A, Cammisa, F., P, Girardi, F., P, Hughes, A., P. 2020. Local Mechanical Environment and Spinal Trabecular Volumetric Bone Mineral Density Measured by Quantitative Computed Tomography: A Study on Lumbar Lordosis.. World neurosurgery, 135, e286-e292
  • Ang, B, Lafage, R, ElysĂ©e, J., C, Pannu, T., S, Bannwarth, M, Carlson, B., B, Schwab, F., J, Kim, H., J, Lafage, V. 2020. In the Relationship Between Change in Kyphosis and Change in Lordosis: Which Drives Which?. Global spine journal, 2192568220914882
  • Erwin, J, Carlson, B., B, Bunch, J, Jackson, R., S, Burton, D. 2020. Impact of unoperated adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in adulthood: a 10-year analysis.. Spine deformity, 8 (5), 1009-1016
  • Carlson, B., B, Salzmann, S., N, Shirahata, T, Ortiz Miller, C, Carrino, J., A, Yang, J, Reisener, M., J, Sama, A., A, Cammisa, F., P, Girardi, F., P, Hughes, A., P. 2020. Prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia diagnosed using quantitative CT in 296 consecutive lumbar fusion patients.. Neurosurgical focus, 49 (2), E5
  • Carlson, B., B, Albert, T., J. 2019. Lumbar disc herniation: what has the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial taught us?. International orthopaedics, 43 (4), 853-859
  • Carlson, B., B, Burton, D., C, Jackson, R., S, Robinson, S. 2016. Recidivism Rates After Smoking Cessation Before Spinal Fusion.. Orthopedics, 39 (2), e318-22
  • Carlson, B., B, Burton, D., C, Jackson, R., S, Robinson, S. 2016. Recidivism Rates After Smoking Cessation Before Spinal Fusion.. Orthopedics, 39 (2), e318-22