Joseph Carlson

Joseph Carlson

Affiliated to Research | Docent
Visiting address: Radiumhemmet;P:02, Klinisk Patologi KS, 17176 Solna
Postal address: K7 Onkologi-Patologi, K7 Forskning Carlson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a surgical pathologist and clinical scientist with a specific interest
    in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female genital tract. I
    currently work at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.
    I am a research team leader in the Department of Oncology-Pathology
    Link to Carlson Research Team [1]
    I received a PhD in Biophysics and Computational Biology from the University
    of Illinois - Urbana in 1999. I subsequently received my MD from the Harvard
    Medical School / Massachusetts Institute of Technology combined Health
    Science and Technology program.
    I completed my postgraduate training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a
    Harvard Medical School hospital. I first completed my residency in Anatomic
    Pathology, followed by a fellowship in Women's and Perinatal Pathology.
    I became an Associate Professor (docent) in Clinical Pathology in 2013.


  • Gynecologic cancers affect women of all ages. These tumors as a group present
    unique challenges for diagnosis and treatment. Our research is focused on
    identifying precursor lesions to these malignancies, especially the deadliest
    form of ovarian cancer, as well as on developing new methods of molecular
    Our group has a number of ongoing lines of research within the Cancer Center
    Karolinska and the Department of Pathology and Cytology at the Karolinska
    University Hospital.
    Tools and techniques used in our group include modern pathology techniques
    such as microscopy, immunohistochemistry, quantitative PCR and FISH. Our
    focus is the role of pathology in diagnosis and “personalized medicine”,
    where tumor characteristics can be used to develop individual treatment


  • I currently arrange two course at the Karolinska Insitutet. The first, The KI
    Workshop in Gynecologic Pathology, is an annual two-day course for
    experienced pathologists featuring three internationally renowned guest
    lecturers. This course is currently (since 2016) organized via the KI
    Department of Executive Education.
    The second course is an annual three day resident course in gynecologic
    pathology, currently with two parts. Part one (ovary, fallopian tube and
    trophoblastic tumors) is offered on odd years and part two (vulva, vagina,
    cervix and soft tissue tumors) is offered on even years. This course is
    currently (since 2017) organized via Socialstyrelsen and application is made


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2013

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