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Chad T. Carlson, MD, FACSM

Dr. Chad Carlson comes to Stadia Sports Medicine from Champaign, Illinois, where he worked for both Carle Clinic Association and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  At Illinois, he functioned as one of the team physicians for the Fighting Illini, taking care of athletes in a wide array of sports, from ice hockey to basketball.  Dr. Carlson has covered multiple NCAA National Championship events, as well as national championship events for U.S. Gymnastics and U.S. Swimming and Diving.  Prior to coming to Champaign, he served as one of the team physicians at Ball State University, and has been involved in high school athletic event coverage for many years. His clinical interests include identifying the biomechanical basis for patient injury, office-based injury care/arthritis care, and clinical exercise testing, including the diagnosis and management of exercise-induce asthma. He has published clinical articles on various sports medicine subjects and has spoken on many subjects at national sports medicine meetings. He and his wife Amanda have three children -- Ava, Ian, and Eli. In his spare time, he enjoys active pursuits with family, reading, golfing, exercising, and church-related activities at Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale, where he serves as an Elder.  He also serves as a cub scout den leader. 
Other biographical information:

  • Undergraduate: University of Nebraska at Lincoln -Dual major, Biology/History, 1986-1990.
  • Medical school: University of Nebraska College of Medicine -1990-1994.
  • Residency: University of Michigan Hospital at Ann Arbor - Family Medicine, 1994-1997.
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Ball Memorial Hospital/Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, 1997-1999.
  • Board certification in Sports Medicine since 1999.
  • Elected as a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2009-2013.
  • Chair, Practice and Policy Committee, AMSSM, 2009-2013.
  • Member, Health Science Policy Committee, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Achieved Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2004.
  • Served as associate Editor for Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine.
  • Currently serves on the Sports Medicine Subcommittee for the Iowa Medical Association.

Office Location(s):

Stadia Sports Medicine
6000 University Ave
Suite 250
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Location Phone: (515) 221-1102
Location Fax: (515) 221-1272
My Phone: (515) 221-1102
Fax: (515) 221-1272

Accepting new patients:
I am accepting new patients.

Primary Specialty:
Sports Medicine

Undergraduate Education:
B.S., History/Biology, University of Nebraska at Lincoln : 1990
University of Nebraska -- Lincoln

Medical Education:
M.D., University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE : 1994
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor -- Department of Family Medicine : 1997

Sports Medicine : 1999
Ball Memorial Hospital/Central Indiana Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Ball State University 1997-1999

Board Certifications:
Sports Medicine : 1999
Family Medicine : 1998, 2005

Iowa Methodist Hospital, Mercy Hospital : 2006

Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine : 2004