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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

Contact Information

Tobias Carling, MD, PhD

Patient Care Location

  • Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center at Yale New Haven
    35 Park Street, Ste 4th floor Multispecialty Care Center
    New Haven, CT, 06511

Mailing Address

  • Endocrine Surgery

    P.O. Box 208062

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8062

    United States

Tobias Carling
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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
  • Board Certification
    AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (2008, recertified: 2017)


  • 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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award - RenewalDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation2013
Doris Duke-Damon Runyon Clinical InvestigatorDamon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation2010
Quest Diagnostic Young Investigator AwardThe American Endocrine2001
Best scientific presentationAnnual Swedish Medical Society Meeting1999
Postdoctoral Scholarship AwardWenner-Gren stiftelserna1999
Travel AwardWenner-Gren stiftelserna1999
Göransson-Sandvikens research scholarshipGästrike-Hälsinge Nation, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden1999
Postdoctoral Scholarship AwardSwedish Society for Medical Research1998
Travel AwardThe American Endocrine Society1997
Travel Award Swedish Medical Research Council for Visiting Scientist at University of Connecticut, CT1997
Göransson-Sandvikens Research Scholarship AwardGästrike-Hälsinge Nation, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden1997
The Lennanders Scholarship AwardUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden1997
The Ciba-Geigy Scholarship AwardThe Swedish Endocrine Society1996
Travel AwardSwedish Medical Society1996
The Signe och Seda Hermanssons Scholarship AwardUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden1996
The Lindau Scholarship AwardThe Nobel Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden1996
H och G Ankarstrands Scholarship AwardUppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden1995
The Lennanders Scholarship AwardUppsala University1995

Professional Service

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) NIH/NCIThyroid Disease Working Group2010 - Present

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