Tobias Carling, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Endocrine Surgery); Section Chief, Endocrine Surgery; Director, Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Laboratory; Director, Endocrine Surgery Fellowship; Clinical Program and Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Endocrine Cancers Program

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Endocrine Surgery | Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Laboratory (YENL)

Genetics Consultation Service

GI Cancer Genetics & Prevention Program

Yale Cancer Center: Endocrine Cancers Program | Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics

Yale Institute for Global Health

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Carling is the Section Chief of Endocrine Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. He serves as Clinical Program and Disease Aligned Research Team Leader for the Endocrine Cancers Program at Smilow and is Director of the Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Laboratory, and Endocrine Surgery Fellowship. He is a highest-volume surgeon and his clinical interests are surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands, including minimally invasive laparoscopic and retroperitoneoscopic surgical techniques. Dr. Carling and the Yale team performed the first "scarless" transoral endoscopic thyroidectomies and parathyroidectomies (vestibular approach; TOETVA, TOEPVA) in the world, outside of Asia. His research interests involve molecular and tumor genetics of endocrine tumors, including inherited endocrine tumor susceptibility syndromes. Dr. Carling has published in the most prestigious medical/scientific journals, including Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, New England Journal of Medicine, PNAS, and Human Molecular Genetics. According to Google Scholar calculations of scientific impact, Dr. Carling ranks within the highest-quality elite of the world. As a physician-leader, he has implemented improved endocrine medical and surgical care, as well as enhanced cancer prevention and genetics programs across the Yale New Haven Health Systems, a 1,541 bed system, one of the largest in the country.

For international patients, who wish to obtain a consultation with Dr. Carling, please call +1-203-737-2036.

He obtained his MD and PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Cancer Genetics at The Burnham Institute, La Jolla, CA. He completed his training in both General Surgery and Endocrine Surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Education & Training

MD Uppsala University (2000)
PhD Uppsala University (1997)
PhD Uppsala University (1997)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident Yale University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow The Burnham Institute for Medical Research

Honors & Recognition

  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award - RenewalDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (2013)

  • Doris Duke-Damon Runyon Clinical InvestigatorDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2010)

  • Quest Diagnostic Young Investigator AwardThe American Endocrine (2001)

  • Best scientific presentationAnnual Swedish Medical Society Meeting (1999)

  • Postdoctoral Scholarship AwardWenner-Gren stiftelserna (1999)

  • Travel AwardWenner-Gren stiftelserna (1999)

  • Göransson-Sandvikens research scholarshipGästrike-Hälsinge Nation, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1999)

  • Postdoctoral Scholarship AwardSwedish Society for Medical Research (1998)

  • Travel AwardThe American Endocrine Society (1997)

  • Travel Award Swedish Medical Research Council for Visiting Scientist at University of Connecticut, CT (1997)

  • Göransson-Sandvikens Research Scholarship AwardGästrike-Hälsinge Nation, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1997)

  • The Lennanders Scholarship AwardUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1997)

  • The Ciba-Geigy Scholarship AwardThe Swedish Endocrine Society (1996)

  • Travel AwardSwedish Medical Society (1996)

  • The Signe och Seda Hermanssons Scholarship AwardUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1996)

  • The Lindau Scholarship AwardThe Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden (1996)

  • H och G Ankarstrands Scholarship AwardUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (1995)

  • The Lennanders Scholarship AwardUppsala University (1995)

Professional Service

  • The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) NIH/NCI (2010 - Present) Thyroid Disease Working Group


  • External scientific reviewer Canada (2012)

    External scientific reviewer. Clinician-Scientist Award. Physicians’ Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation, Ontario, Canada.

  • External scientific reviewer. France (2012)

    External scientific reviewer. The European Science Foundation (ESF), Strasbourg, France; “Strategic Research Grants” issued by the University of Torino, Italy with support from the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation

  • External scientific reviewer United Kingdom (2011)

    External scientific reviewer. Clinician-Scientist Award. Medical Research Council (MRC), UK.

  • Scientific collaboration Sweden (2008)

    Significant scientific collaborations with major international institutions. Main collaborators at Uppsala University and Karolinska Institute, Sweden

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Contact Info

Tobias Carling, MD, PhD
Patient Care Location
Yale Endocrine SurgerySmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste 4th floor Multispecialty Care Center

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
Endocrine SurgeryP.O. Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Laboratory (YENL)