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Dr. Bob Carter
Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery, UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Bob Carter is Professor of Neurosurgery and Chief of Neurosurgery at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego.  He was recruited to UCSD in 2010 from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he served on faculty since 1992.  Dr. Carter obtained his M.D., with AOA distinction, and Ph.D. degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Public Health respectively. His post-doctoral training included residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and post-doctoral fellowships at the Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA and Children's Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Carter is a founding co-director of UC San Diego Neurological Institute, where he specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and complex intracranial surgery including cerebral bypass and aneurysm surgery.  Dr. Carter co-leads, with Dr. Santosh Kesari (Neuro-oncology) and Dr. Scott Vandenberg (Neuropathology), the clinical brain tumor program at UCSD.  The Brain Tumor program brings together the efforts of over 50 faculty and staff who are focused on brain tumor clinical care, research, and education. Dr .Carter lectures nationally and internationally on neurosurgery topics and was past editor of the General Neurosurgery section of Neurosurgery and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery.

The NIH has continuously funded Dr. Carter's research since 2000. His doctoral work focused on cancer genetics, and he has published over 100 papers on diverse topics including improving outcomes for intracranial surgery and the development of gene transfer delivery techniques for the central nervous system.  In recent years, his work on exosomes has led to new insights regarding the use of extracellular RNA for biomonitoring of brain tumors and other neurological disorders.

Dr. Carter has been actively engaged in organized neurosurgery as a member of Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has also served on the executive boards of the Joint Cerebrovascular section, the New England Neurosurgical Society and the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.



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