Hans L. Carlson M.D.

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Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (472 Ratings, 184 Comments)


  • Orthopaedics and rehabilitation

Special focus on

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • M.D., Oregon Health & Science University 1992
  • Residency:

    • Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, 1996
  • Fellowship:

    • Sports medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1997
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1997, 2007


Dr. Carlson is an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. His primary clinical interests are in sports medicine, conservative spine care and electrodiagnostics.


  • English

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (472 Ratings, 184 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 29, 2019

    Instead of just authorizing useless tests, prescribing meds -- just because, or doing absolutely nothing helpful (ignoring the issue), he actually listened -- and did what was necessary, to find the answers. He was direct. He made sure I understood what he was doing and why.

  • Dec 23, 2019

    Dr Carlson is very thorough and listens to my concerns well too

  • Dec 21, 2019

    Dr Carlson provided the best experience; I really appreciated that he explained everything, making me feel more at ease

  • Dec 21, 2019

    We (INAUDIBLE) the service that ended by OSU hospital for us to 1990 onward. And they're still getting the same treatment in a good way. Thanks. Have a good night. Bye.

  • Dec 18, 2019

    Dr Carlson explained the procedure, what to expect, and the results in a very friendly manner. The procedure went very smoothly.

  • Dec 13, 2019

    Dr Carlson explained every step of the procedure, not only what he was doing but why.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Dr. Carlson was amazing, he explained everything in detail and had great bedside manners

  • Dec 12, 2019

    everyone was friendly and helpful

  • Dec 07, 2019

    always listens......great bedside personality.......extremely smart

  • Dec 04, 2019

    excellent doctor i am very well pleased

  • Dec 03, 2019

    Everyone was very friendly

  • Dec 01, 2019

    I really appreciate Dr. Carlson for his holistic approach including ordering tests and gathering information to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan. He is compassionate and thoughtful. He clearly explains findings. It was the best review of my MRI that I have ever had. He is helping me be patient in working through what are for me complicated issues.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    The quality of care and attention to detail by both practitioners and staff is above compare relative to any other health care provider in the region.

  • Nov 26, 2019

    The Imaging staff (Steve) were very pleasant and easy to work with...total pros. Dr. Carlson was very knowledgeable and had a great demeanor. He listened well, asked the right questions, and offered good advice and avenues for further communication and consultation. The only negative was the long waiting time between imaging and the availability of the doctor...things were running late.

  • Nov 24, 2019

    He was very much gentleman. Told me what they were doing the he was outstanding so I could say just outstanding and I'm really glad he told me everything what was wrong with me. He was excellent. Alright. Thank you. Bye. Bye.

  • Nov 22, 2019

    Good, but my feedback was horrible.

  • Nov 19, 2019


  • Nov 12, 2019

    Dr. Carlson is very friendly, very informative. I'm very happy with him. I would recommend him to absolutely anyone. He has helped me tremendously.

  • Nov 10, 2019

    Thorough, knowledgable, friendly staff, efficient. No wait time

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Dr. Carlson is very knowledgeable and is interested in listening to me when I tell him about the injury and pain I am having. He also answers questions I ask. I trust him to know and recommend the best course of action for my injury.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Very pleasant manner. He explains everything and really conveys that he cares about your experience.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Hi, this is such a great experience always professional and they go out of their way. Thank.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    All went well, the test & results all explained well.

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Dr. Carlson took the time to desribe my MRI results in a very detailed, informative way which I appreciated!

  • Oct 23, 2019

    I appreciated that Dr. Carlson came up with a care plan to address a chronic issue affecting the mobility of my leg. But also, it was a relief to get to an understanding of the underlying cause.

  • Oct 22, 2019

    Prompt and very pleasant

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Dr. Carlson purchased patients from a total head to toe perspective. He's quite intelligent. He explains his thinking and he is very supportive and thorough. Thank you.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Personable, explained details of what was going to happen clearly. Answered all questions. Very pleased with this interaction. I felt in good hands for my tests.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Waited nearly an hour to see doc

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Dr. Carlson was comprehensive, concise, and courteous.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Pleasant, prompt, efficient

  • Oct 11, 2019

    Dr. Carlson took as much time as was needed to answer any and all questions that I had. He was very friendly, and prompt, and courteous, and I appreciate being able to see him.

  • Oct 08, 2019

    He was very thorough and clearly trying to be helpful.

  • Oct 06, 2019

    The Doctor was Great.??

  • Oct 05, 2019

    I liked Dr. Carlson and his medical student assistant. They understood my scoliosis issues. and had a practical plan for dealing with them.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    I was presently surprised at Dr. Carlson listened, so carefully and was so thorough with my situation which seems relatively simple. but he thought carefully about it and talked to me at length. Aand I really appreciated the attention.

  • Sep 24, 2019

    Provider was great but as with all OHSU providers, the wait time is way out of line. 1.5 hours was ridiculous. No Providence provider has ever kept me or my family waiting for more than 5 minutes, and you never feel as though the visit is rushed. I never suggest OHSU.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    He is very personable and caring. I never feel like I am in s hurry or rushed. always answers my questions

  • Sep 13, 2019

    Appropriate assessment based on exam and review of medical record. Communicated in easy to understand terms. Based on findings made referrals.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Friendly and helpful support team. Provider was fine.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    I have seen Dr. Carlson since 2002. He has always been very reliable, very straightforward and he's always help me and he's always been willing to see me and he always knows what he's talking about and he cares a lot and I trust his opinion explicitly, thank you.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    I feel he is the only provider who has listened to me and taken me seriously and understands my problems. I have been searching for answers to my pain for decades with no results. I finally feel like I have hope.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    I waited in a crowed waiting room from 10:30am to noon to be called by a medical assistant. The first question I asked her is why I didn’t get my annual full spine X-ray for my scoliosis. The person at the check-in desk said I didn’t need to go to radiology because the spine center could do the X-ray in their office. On three previous visits I had to go to radiology on the 3rd floor before my appt on the 12th floor. The MA said there was nothing in my chart about an X-ray. When the doctor come into the exam room he told me I had to get the X-ray first and that he would send the order and then I could get the X-ray. He said he would call or email me and tell me what it showed. Then he left the room. Another MA came in and told me to go right to radiology on the 3rd floor. I did, but radiology said they had no such order and told me to wait in their waiting room until they got the order. I waited another hour and they said they still hadn’t gotten the order even though they had called up for it. I eventually went home (40 miles) without having anything done.

  • Sep 09, 2019

    It was great! Right on time as scheduled. Only complaint too much paperwork, they asked the same questions before Dr. Carlson came in.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    He listened to all my concerns and gave positive feedback.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Expert advice

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Very caring, explained all steps in the procedures prior to actually doing the the procedures.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    The doctor was very professional, he explained each and every procedure before it was ever done, and he put [Name] mind at ease while he was doing the procedure.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Dr. Carlson is a wonderful "explainer" and I appreciated all the detail on my imaging and my back condition. He asked if I had more questions, too. I loved having students in my appointments, by the way, and the student present was interested and helpful, too.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Dr. Hans Carlson is an exceptional physician. He is kind, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. Our favorite physician.