As interim Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Chris Carson leads Beacon’s medical, utilization management, and quality programming and operations to ensure that our services meaningfully improve the delivery of care for those we serve. He serves as the “voice” of the company on mental health and substance use clinical matters to external parties.

Dr. Carson also serves as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Medical Director for utilization management, and is responsible for medical/clinical leadership for all utilization management activities nationally for Beacon and all risk contracts nationally.

Dr. Carson holds a medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. He completed his residency and fellowship training in adult psychiatry at Baylor University Medical Center and Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Carson completed his M.B.A. at the University of Arizona.