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William Dean (Bill) Carlson, MD, PhD

Associate Physician

Chair of the Cardiology Fellowship Selection Committee

  • Phone: 617-643-2565
Department of Medicine


  • Critical Care Center
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Heart Center
  • Heart Valve Program
  • Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant Program
  • Transplant Center
  • Heart Transplant
Clinical Interests
Advanced Heart Failure
Hypertension management
Cardiorenal syndrome
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
PhD, Yale University
MD, Yale University School of Medicine
Residency, Cornell University Medical Center
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Carlson recieved his BA from Harvard College and then completed his MD and PhD at Yale University.  After finishing his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, he came back to Boston for a fellowship in Cardiology at Mass General/Harvard Medical School.  He has been on the staff at Mass General Hospital, Brigham and Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School since then. His clincal focus has been on Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant.  He serves on a variety of hospital committees and chairs the Cardiology Fellowship Selection Committee.

ResearchDr. Carlson has focused his clinical practice on Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant.  He is internatioanlly know for his work on the design and development of drugs using the three dimensional structure of proteins.  His work has focused on renin inhibitors, carvedilol and growth factor mimetics, but includes biomarkers and immunosuppressants to prevent organ rejection post transplant

"Heart in a box" gives new life

For two years, Amy DeStefano struggled with increasing heart complications, leaving her needing a heart transplantation. Through one of Mass General’s clinical trials, Amy became the first person in New England to receive a "heart in a box" transplant. The device circulates blood through the donated heart, keeping it beating and giving doctors more time to perform a transplant.

Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-643-2565
Fax: 617-726-4105