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William (Bill) Dean Carlson, MD, PhD

  • Chair of the Cardiology Fellowship Selection Committee


Accepting New Patients





Centers & Specialties

Heart Center

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Advanced Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
Medical Education
  • PhD, Yale University
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Cornell University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group


Dr. Carlson received 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 Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School since then. His clinical 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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Carlson has focused his clinical practice on Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant.  He is internationally 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

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