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New orthopedic surgeon ready to serve Kosciusko County

WARSAW, IND. – April 15, 2024 – Local residents in need of orthopedic care now have the option of visiting an Ortho NorthEast specialist close to home. Orthopedic surgeon Kyle Carlson, DO, Ortho NorthEast, is now welcoming patients at Parkview Kosciusko Hospital (PKH) in Warsaw.

“We are fortunate that Dr. Carlson has chosen to practice at Parkview Kosciusko Hospital,” said Scott Gabriel, market president, Parkview Health Northwest. “His arrival helps us expand the orthopedic resources available close to home for Kosciusko County residents. When injuries or orthopedic issues arise, it’s so important to have access to excellent orthopedic physicians like Dr. Carlson and his colleagues at Ortho NorthEast.”

Dr. Carlson previously served patients at a practice in the Goshen area.

As a member of the PKH medical staff, Dr. Carlson performs surgical procedures at the hospital and sees patients in the clinic on site. He treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues in adult patients, specializing in total hip and total knee replacement.

“This includes treating primary hip or knee arthritis to complex joint replacements and revisions,” he said. “It isn’t common, but sometimes after joint replacements, people continue to have pain or instability and are not happy with their outcome. My advanced training has allowed me to help these patients and, hopefully, get them back to activities that they enjoy and improve their quality of life.”

Carlson completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the Detroit Medical Center following his orthopedic surgery residency through Michigan State University (MSU) at McLaren Oakland Orthopedic Surgery in Pontiac, Michigan. He also served as an MSU clinical instructor.

He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. Carlson completed his undergraduate studies at Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry.

He holds memberships in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Osteopathic Association.

“I think it is important to know that often, there are a lot of options in orthopedics to help patients,” said Carlson. “Surgery is the last option after trying non-surgical treatments (such as medications, therapy and activity modifications). My goal as a surgeon is to listen to each patient and see what aspects of their life their pain or injury is interfering with and discuss with them all the possible options to help them get back to where they want to be. I think it is vital to a successful result for a patient to be informed and an active participant in deciding their treatment plan.” 

Healthcare runs in Carlson’s family. With a mother who was a nurse and a grandfather who was a radiologist – and more recently, a brother who is a cardiology nurse practitioner – Carlson grew up being interested in medicine. And since all three of his family members have worked for Parkview, Carlson will be upholding a family tradition by caring for patients at a Parkview hospital, too.

“It wasn’t until medical school, though, and doing rotations that I became very interested in orthopedic surgery,” he said. “I was able to see how much orthopedic surgeons can help patients improve their quality of life and knew that I wanted to provide the same opportunity to my patients. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, so orthopedic surgery is a great combination of using my hands and my medical knowledge.” 

A former high school and collegiate wrestler and Boy Scout, Carlson has volunteered in each of the communities where he has lived. From coaching youth wrestling to giving health screenings for underserved elementary students to providing sports physicals for high school athletes, he has combined his love of sport with healthcare and service to others. For several years, he volunteered with an adaptive sports organization in Michigan that provides winter sports, recreation and physical fitness opportunities for persons with disabilities. He also participated for 10 years in the Fort Wayne Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Most recently, he has served as team physician for football teams at high schools in Waterford, Michigan, and Goshen.

Outside of work, Carlson and his wife, Katy, a social worker, stay busy with their two very young sons. When time allows, Carlson enjoys running, woodwork, fishing and travel.

Dr. Carlson’s office is located on the second floor of Parkview Kosciusko Hospital at 1355 Mariners Drive. Call 260-266-4005 for appointment scheduling.