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Joined Virginia Mason - January 2002
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Dr. Carlin is a kind, knowledgeable man who really cares about what is going on with my condition. He is helpful and really listens to what I am saying and how I am feeling. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities.
Dr. Carlin is not a warm fuzzy personality. I have been a patient for over 10 years. I understand him and have learned to make my opinions known to him. That has helped our relationship. I do respect his knowledge of my disease and the treatment that I have received for it.
The way that Dr. Carlin treats me is how all Dr´s should treat their patients.
We discussed new pain, current condition and medications. I did not feel rushed. I was understood, and I understood the doctor´s explanation and advice.
Dr. Carlin is a perfect match for me. He is a throwback to the caring doctors of old. Hi outstanding characteristic is that he goes beyond the ordinary and is anxious to make sure I am completely satisfied with everything we have discussed. This was a 6-month checkup on my RA, and he opened some new doors as far as treatment is concerned. Great provider.
Dr. Carlin is an excellent physician. He is very intelligent, has excellent judgment, is knowledgeable and keeps up with current advances in rheumatology and other immune disorders, and is very personable.
Dr. Carlin one of a kind. He is a very caring Doctor.
This is an excellent provider!!! I can´t begin to express the confidence I have in him!!! He is so knowledgable and skillful in his specialty/field that I totally trust him to care for and successfully treat me. I´m moving back to California next month and I wish I could take him with me. My anxiety is that I hope to find a personal physician of this quality after I relocate.
I always recommend Dr. Carlin to friends in need of a rheumatologist. His no nonsense style and underlying caring and trust of me, makes me feel like he cares for me as a person, and works with me as a partner in maintaining my health. He is probably the best doctor I have ever had in any practice area.
Poor attitude and very condescending and I plan to find a new rheumatologist
Unfortunately we were very disappointed with our care, we felt the provider didn´t have a full picture of my medical history, nor did it seem he cared to take time to learn about it. We weren´t really given a chance to talk without being rudely interrupted by the Dr. We didn´t feel he really gave us an idea of what may be causing my symptoms, and he didn´t recommend further testing.
My first meeting w Dr Carlin years and years and years ago felt a bit dicey, but from the second through the one in January, he´s been fantastic. I write off the first visit to him inheriting me (and many others) from Dr Stage, so he had to get up to speed on me on paper and then in the typical 15-min appointment window. Prior care, plus "Dr Google" info, probably didn´t make me the best first meeting, either.
I love Dr. Carlin!!! :D
Dr. Carlin´s "bedside manner" starts off a little cool and distant. At first I thought it wouldn´t be an informative appointment; however, he warmed up and eventually became more friendly and talkative. In the end I appreciated his thoroughness and complete physical examination.
Dr. Carlin is able to speak at my level and responds well when questions are asked.
My husband and I have talked to our family and friends about the type of care we received from Virginia Mason. We have referred people to our primary care and Dr. Carlin.
Dr. Carlin was both knowledgeable and helpful with good suggestions for future strategies. I appreciated his thoughtful, sensible care.
On a Friday afternoon, Dr. Carlin gave me more of himself than I ever could have imagined. He showed genuine concern not just for my health, but also, for my well-being. He made me feel like his daughter, and at Virginia Mason, I feel most safe laying down in the booth closest to his office. The five minuets I spoke with him while living in Omaha, gave me the power to drive across the country with braces and an injured back. When I arrived, he was absolutely perfect even down to his initial handshake. He provided me with the quick assessment I needed and kept all his promises. If life is measured by the moments that take our breath away, he gave me a few more years in one visit. He even made me laugh. I think patients expect him to be a wizard who can solve all their physical complaints and are disappointed when he does not live up to their expectations. Dr. Carlin is not God, but being in charge of the registry at the Benaroya Institute is the next best thing. Dr. Carlin tries to provide the best care he can in the time he is allotted. We do disagree at times and that is unfortunate.
Dr. Carlin has been a life saver. I have enthusiastically recommended him to several individuals who also suffer from RA.
I have recommended Dr Carlin to many of my friends suffering from RA.
I have total confidence that I am in good hands with Dr. Carlin monitoring my condition. His cheerful, upbeat manner is helpful in keeping my spirits up.
Have been treated at Mason Clinic for almost 32 years. All very good experience.
Dr. Carlin is very professional but friendly. Good sense of humor, very knowledgeable.
#4. I felt that I was given opportunity to decide about my care, but I wanted the doctor to decide -
Always friendly & fast & informative. Great job!!
BAD: appointment time is too far away. Too busy?
#10. I have.
inflammatory arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and vasculitis
New York University School of Medicine, New York, 1975
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1976
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1978
Senior Fellow, Division of Rheumatology University of Washington, Seattle, 1980
“Quality medical care arises from the partnership of a caring, dedicated physician and motivated, educated patient.”
“This is an exciting time to be a rheumatologist. Advances in immunology and molecular therapy have led to the development of new agents that have produced dramatic improvement in the health and quality of life for patients with rheumatic diseases. On the horizon are promising new therapies that should continue to contribute to the well being of our patients.”
On Virginia Mason
“It is a privilege to be associated with an institution with a reputation for excellence in patient care, teaching and research.”
Professional Activities and Awards
Fellow, American College of Rheumatology, 1980 Virginia Mason Rheumatology Section Head Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Washington Voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by Seattle Met magazine in 2009 and by Seattle magazine in 2009 and 2010.