East Carolina University professor Patrick Carter was named interim chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the university’s College of Allied Health Sciences.
Carter teaches emergency medicine and clinical medicine as a clinical assistant professor in the department. He also participates in medical mission trips through Central America and is a member of the North Caroline State Medical Assistance Team, which responds to state and national disasters.
A Kansas native, Carter graduated from the physician assistant studies program at Wichita State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Kansas.
Carter was a National Health Scholar and, following graduation, practiced family medicine in rural Kansas. In 1999, he attended a surgical post-graduate residency at Norwalk Hospital at Yale University, then joined the trauma surgery and critical care programs for University Health Systems in Greenville. He has practiced emergency medicine in rural eastern North Carolina for 10 years, while serving as clinical preceptor and lecturer for ECU’s physician assistant program.
Carter replaces Carolyn Pugh, who has served as interim chair for a year.