Eric R. Carlson DMD, MD, FACS

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Cancer Institute

Contact Info

Eric R. Carlson, MD PC
1930 Alcoa Highway, Suite A-335
Knoxville, TN 37920
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Phone: 865-305-9022
Fax: 865-305-9026
Website: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Certification: American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Schools: University of Miami School of Medicine; University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Internships: Allegheny General Hospital
Residencies: Allegheny General Hospital
Fellowships: Jackson Memorial Hospital
Languages: English

Special Interests:
  • Oral/head and neck tumor surgery
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Osteonecrosis of the jaws
Academic Appointments:
  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Carlson ER, Ord RA (eds): Salivary gland pathology, diagnosis and management. Wiley Blackwell, 2008.
  • Carlson ER: Differential diagnosis and management of neck masses. In: Laskin DM (ed): Clinician’s Manual of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 4th edition, Quintessence, chapter 25, 370-378, 2010.
  • Carlson ER: Diagnosis and management of salivary gland infections. In: Turner M, Glickman R (eds): Salivary Gland Infections. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America 21: 293-312, 2009.
  • Carlson ER, Campbell J: Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. In: Fonseca R, Turvey T, Marciani R (eds). Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, St. Louis, Elsevier, 2008.
  • Carlson ER, Basile JD: The role of surgical resection in the management of bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaws. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 67:85-95, 2009.
  • The William F. Harrigan Award 2003
  • Spirit of the Graduate School of Medicine Award – University of Tennessee Medical Center 2006
  • Community Service Award – American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 2001
  • AAOMS Presidential Achievement Award - 2014
  • William F. Harrigan Society
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association
  • Chalmers J. Lyons Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Research Interests:
  • The molecular aspects of oral/head and neck cancer: identification of HPV in oral cancer
  • PET/CT scanning for the workup and staging of oral/head and neck cancer
  • Gene up-regulation and down-regulation in oral/head and neck cancer
Academic Appointments

Professor and Chair
Residency Program Director

Health Videos
Medical Moment: Oral Cancer
Dr. Eric Carlson, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, talks about the causes, diagnosis and treatment options for oral cancer. In this video Dr. Carlson will answer the following questions: • How does tobacco cause oral cancer? • What signs or symptoms would a patient experience with oral cancer? • How does a patient get screened for oral cancer? • What treatment options are available for oral cancer? For more information about oral cancer or any of the cancer services available at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit our website at or call the Healthcare Coordination office at 865-305-6970. In-depth report on Oral Cancer, visit