Dr. Carlson to direct Center for Advanced Surgical Technology

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | June 10, 2020

Image with caption: Mark Carlson, M.D.

Mark Carlson, M.D.

Mark Carlson, M.D., professor of surgery, is now director of UNMC's Center for Advanced Surgical Technology (CAST). Dr. Carlson is a surgeon-scientist who has a dual appointment at UNMC and the VA Nebraska Western-Iowa Health Care System.

CAST is a collaborative, multidisciplinary group of surgeons, engineers, and computer scientists from UNMC, University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Carlson became the director earlier this spring.

"I am honored and privileged to be the director of CAST," Dr. Carlson said. "We are very excited about the future of CAST, and foresee growth in this center which will benefit science at our university, along with the state of Nebraska and its residents."

The center was created by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2005. Since its inception, CAST has evolved as a significant contributor to the national effort in advancing surgical technology. CAST builds on current expertise in the University of Nebraska System and has assembled a critical mass of researchers needed to build a nationally prominent biomedical research center for surgical technology in Nebraska.

David W. Mercer, M.D., chair of surgery, praised Dr. Carlson's appointment: "Dr. Carlson's research productivity over the last couple of years has been nothing short of phenomenal, and he has built strong collaborative relationships both on and off our campus. Assuming directorship of CAST will strengthen UNMC and this program and will increase innovative research opportunities for faculty, house officers and students at all levels of training."

Rod Markin, M.D., Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for business development at UNMC and director of UNeTech, was equally effusive: "I have known and worked with Mark for 20 years or so and he has done a great job of directing CAST. We are excited to see what the future will bring under his leadership."


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Joseph Siu
June 10, 2020 at 3:37 PM

Looking forward to working with excellent team at CAST leading by Dr Carlson!

Laura Bilek
June 10, 2020 at 10:04 AM

Congratulations! Excited to see the development of CAST under your direction, Dr. Carlson.

Nathan Bills
June 10, 2020 at 9:41 AM

Looking forward to new directions especially in new large animal models of disease. Congratulations!

Tom O’Connor
June 10, 2020 at 9:35 AM

Congrats, Mark! Great choice. Know you will do an awesome job!

Babu Guda
June 10, 2020 at 9:33 AM

Congratulations Mark! Well deserved.

Marsha Morien
June 10, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Congratulations! CAST is poised for a great future under your leadership!

Paula Turpen
June 10, 2020 at 8:50 AM

Great news! Congratulations!

Sarah Gloden Carlson
June 10, 2020 at 8:32 AM

The boys and I are very proud of you for all of your hard work and dedication to advancing science at UNMC.

Guangshun (Gus) Wang
June 10, 2020 at 8:20 AM


John S Davis
June 10, 2020 at 7:59 AM

Congratulations Mark on your appointment as director of CAST!

Jen Bredehoft
June 10, 2020 at 7:48 AM

Congratulations! Great job!

Ruth Scott
June 10, 2020 at 7:47 AM

Heartiest congratulations!!

Emily McElroy
June 10, 2020 at 7:46 AM

Fantastic news & well deserved, Dr. Carlson.