Raymond Carlson, DHSc, MPH, MS, PA-C

Professor and Academic Principal Faculty, Physician Assistant Education

Raymond Carlson is a professor and principal faculty for the MSM Physician Assistant Education program. His Instructional Pedagogy includes a focus on Problem’s-Based and Experiential learning activities. His instructional focus includes Orthopedics, Public Health Education, Physical Exam Skills and Clinical Reasoning. He has worked 17 years as a Physician Assistant, primarily in Orthopedic Surgery. Prior to beginning his clinical career, Ray worked in Public Health Education, taught undergraduate Personal Health, and College Preparatory/Advanced Placement Biology. Ray’s scholarly pursuits have included Peer Reviewer, Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistant, research and evidence-based practice in Orthopedic Surgery, and presentations in Public Health Education vaccination best practices. Ray has also spent 22 years in the United State Navy working as both a Physician Assistant and Public Health Specialist. Ray is excited to assist in the education and development of the next generation of Physician Assistants, especially the evolution of the field into Doctoral programs.


  • BS, Education/Biology
  • MPH, Community Health Education
  • MS, Physician Assistant Practice
  • AQD, Orthopedic Surgery
  • DHSc, Fundamentals of Education

Courses Taught

  • MSM 6107 Fundamentals of Neurology

Experience in Field

  • Physician Assistant- Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine 2005-Present
  • United States Navy, LCDR, Medical Service Corps, Department Head, Independent Duty Corpsmen School
  • University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Faculty, Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies
  • University of North Caorlina at Greensboro, Teaching Assistant, Health 201
  • Basset High School, Biology Educator

Professional and Community Involvement

  • San Elijo Hills, HOA President Luminara Subdivision 2009-2015
  • Ecke YMCA Adventure Clubs Leadership 2017-2020
  • California Disaster Healthcare Volunteer 2010-Present

Awards and Honors

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, ETA SIGMA GAMMA, National Health Education Honorary
  • Ranked Top 5 provider for customer satisfaction in Navy Physical Medicine
  • Rosalind Franklin University Physician Assistant Student Leadership Award

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Carlson, R.J. (2021). MRI predictive model's utility in a recruit training environment for tibia stress fractures. US Army Medical Center of Excellence Medical Journal. In Review.
  • Carlson, R.J. (2016). A subtle cause of morbidity after a wrist injury: A case study. Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants, 4(1). 
  • Carlson, R.J. Shiffer, S.W. (2010). Bursitis. In Buttaro, T.M., Trybulski, J. Bailey, P.P. & Sandberg-Cook, J. (Eds.), Primary Care: A collaborative practice (pp 718-724). St. Louis, MI: Mosby.
  • Carlson, R.J., Young, J., Enriques, J.R., Sessions, N.A.,MacGregor, A.J. (2002). Increasing Influenza Vaccine Compliance Rates in Active-Duty Health Care Personnel. Poster Session. TRICARE Region 9 West Coast Conference.