Aaron Carlson, MD

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Dr. Carlson is a Florida native who began his training at the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. He then traveled to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota for medical school. After obtaining his MD, he headed west to complete his internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, followed by neurology residency at University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Carlson completed a subspecialty fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology at Stanford University and then returned home to his alma mater to take a faculty position in the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida.

Dr. Carlson’s clinical interests include caring for patients with multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, neurosarcoidosis and other autoimmune illnesses of the central nervous system. He is trained in the use of cutting-edge immunotherapies and has assisted with a number of clinical trials in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Carlson works with a multidisciplinary team to provide the highest level of care to his patients.

His research efforts were initially based in neurodegeneration, and during his career he has worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Dr. Carlson’s focus now is on biomarker discovery, clinical outcomes and emerging therapies in multiple sclerosis and related disorders.

Awards and Recognition

2018 Teaching Scholar, UF College of Medicine
2018 Travel Award, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
2017 Augustus S. Rose Award, UCLA
2017 Travel Award, America’s Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
2017 Collin’s Day Award for best resident presentation
2013 American Association of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence

Professional Societies Affiliations

ALD Connect
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis & Autoimmune Neurology Sections
American Medical Association
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)
Mayo Clinic Alumni Association

Medical Education

Doctor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School – 2009-13
Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, Biochemistry – 2004-07


Medical Internship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Internal Medicine – 2013-14


Residency, UCLA, Neurology – 2014-17


Fellowship, Stanford University, Neuroimmunology – 2017-18


Invited Articles

Steinman L., Carlson A. M. (in press). Monoclonal antibody treatments in multiple sclerosis. BMC Practical Neurology.

Selected Publications

Carlson A. M., Huffnagel IC, Van Der Knaap MS, Engelen M, Van Haren K. (2018). A relapsing-remitting course for three men with cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy. Manuscript in preparation.

Carlson, A. M., Young, J., & Avidan, A. (2016). Frightening spells at night. Journal of clinical sleep medicine: JCSM: official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 12(6), 925.

Carlson, A. M., McPhail, E. D., Rodriguez, V., Schroeder, G., & Wolanskyj, A. P. (2014). A prospective, randomized crossover study comparing direct inspection by light microscopy versus projected images for teaching of hematopathology to medical students. Anatomical sciences education, 7(2), 130-134.

Rising, A. C., Xu, J., Carlson, A., Napoli, V. V., Denovan-Wright, E. M., & Mandel, R. J. (2011). Longitudinal behavioral, cross-sectional transcriptional and histopathological characterization of a knock-in mouse model of Huntington’s disease with 140 CAG repeats. Experimental neurology, 228(2), 173-182.

Berger, Z., Roder, H., Hanna, A., Carlson, A., Rangachari, V., Yue, M., … & Andorfer, C. (2007). Accumulation of pathological tau species and memory loss in a conditional model of tauopathy. Journal of Neuroscience, 27(14), 3650-3662.

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Contact Information


Department of Neurology
Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610
(352) 273-5550 (phone)
(352) 273-5575 (fax)