Ray Carlsen was born in Denver Colorado. He holds a BA from Yale University and earned his MD from Yale University School of Medicine. He did his internship in Surgical Service at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City and his residency at Stanford Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology. He received numerous fellowships, including a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowship at Yale; a USPHS predoctoral fellowship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, a Gianinni Fellowship to study at the Royal Hospital in Copenhagen, and an NIH special postdoctoral fellowship to study electron microscopy in the labs at the University of Washington’s Department of Biological Structure. He has held positions in Seattle as a research associate and later as Chief Physician in Dermatology at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, and as Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) and as a Consultant in Dermatopathology at UW School of Medicine. For almost 30 years, he has been in private practice of dermatology and Dermatopathology, finally forming Dermatopathology Northwest in 1999 where he is laboratory director.
For more about how Ray Carlsen started the Carlsen Cello Foundation, see History.