Lisa M. Carlson, MPH, MCHES

Lisa Carlson

Director of Management and Operations, CHAMPS

Lisa M. Carlson  is the Director of Management and Operations for the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network, led by the Emory Global Health Institute. Through innovative surveillance and diagnostic techniques implemented among a network of field sites in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, CHAMPS increases understanding of how, where and why children are getting sick and dying. This understanding helps scientists and public health officials around the world take action. Carlson provides administrative and budgetary leadership for the program.

Carlson has served at Emory since 2002, including 11 years as the first principal director of the academic programs of the Emory Transplant Center (ETC). During her tenure, Carlson facilitated academic program growth of the ETC by >350%. Her role grew to encompass administration of the basic science, translational and clinical research programs of the ETC (up to $27M annually) and the departments of Surgery (up to $29M annually), Urology and Otolaryngology. During her tenure, Emory consistently ranked among NIH’s top 10 highest-funded departments of Surgery.

Prior to joining the ETC, Carlson served as director of operations for the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium at the Rollins School of Public Health, vice president for population health with the Arthritis Foundation National Office, and a team leader with the Georgia Medical Care Foundation.

Carlson has been an active leader in public health. She is a past president and honorary lifetime member of the Georgia Public Health Association, and served as chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. At Emory, Carlson was a Fellow in the 2013 class of the Emory Woodruff Leadership Academy, served three terms on the Emory Alumni Board, and is a past president of the Rollins School of Public Health Alumni Board.

Carlson is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and a graduate of Yale University and the Rollins School of Public Health, where she is on the adjunct faculty. She teaches public health ethics and qualitative methods in the distance-based Executive MPH program, for which she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Adjunct Faculty Award in 2015.