Jay Carlson, DO, MS, gynecologic oncologist, will join Mercy Clinic- Women’s Oncology on May 2, 2011. One of fewer than 1,000 board certified gynecologic oncologists, nationwide, Dr. Carlson comes to Mercy from Mercy Cancer Center - Gynecologic Oncology in Des Moines, Iowa. However, before starting his practice, he will make an appearance at GYN Cancers Alliance’s (GYNCA) 10th Anniversary Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show April 18 at Ramada Oasis Convention Center.
“I heard about this great community event supporting all the women who are battling gynecologic cancers and thought it would be helpful to participate,” Dr. Carlson said.
Dr. Carlson, born in Minnesota, and an Eagle Scout, graduated with honors from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1987. He then completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas; followed by a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Minnesota.
In 1998, he relocated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as the Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology Division and was promoted to Chief of the Department of Ob/Gyn in 2002. While at Walter Reed, he was awarded the Surgeon General’s Physician Award for 2000 bestowed on one exceptional Army Medical Corp. physician, per year. He also served as the Ob/Gyn Consultant to the Army Surgeon General from 2000-2004 where he was actively involved in many women’s health issues. In 2004, Dr. Carlson retired as a Colonel from the Army Medical Corp. and began his “2nd career” as a gynecologic oncologist in the private sector.
Dr. Carlson has been married for 31 years to Robin and has two children, Ben and Mackenzie (twins), who will be graduating from high school this spring. He is an avid fisherman and is looking forward to “life in the beautiful Ozarks.”
Also joining Dr. Carlson in practice in early May, will be Marie Rudolf, MSN, nurse practitioner. Marie also comes to us from Mercy Cancer Center – Gynecologic Oncology in Des Moines. She is a member of Gynecologic Oncology Group, Oncology Nursing Society and is an ONS Research Award Recipient for 2011. Marie is married with three children.
“We are delighted to welcome both Dr. Carlson and Marie to Mercy,” said Fred McQueary, Mercy Clinic President. “With their arrival, we confirm our continued commitment to our patients, our physicians, and the community we serve, to provide high quality gynecologic oncology with compassionate care and exceptional service.”
Dr. Carlson and team will provide patients access to the most advanced treatment options, to include surgery, chemotherapy and coordination of radiation or palliative care as needed. Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) or robotic (da Vinci Surgical System) procedures are also available. The quality of care is optimized through a concurrent peer review process to include a Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board that also allows referring providers and other consultants to remotely participate over a secure internet link. Comprehensive, innovative and investigative therapies are available through cooperative NCI sponsored Gynecologic Oncology Group research trials.
“Together, we are committed to delivering this progressive care with compassion and the emotional support that enables the patient and their family to effectively treat cancer,” Dr. Carlson said.