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Bob S. Carter, MD, PhD

Chair, Neurosurgery

Professor of Surgery


Bob S. Carter, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeron who specializes in brain tumors, vascular lesions and complex intracranial surgery, including cerebral bypass and aneurysm surgery. He is one of the nation’s top clinical neurosurgeons and a prolific academic teacher and researcher.

 Dr. Carter co-leads UC San Diego Health’s brain tumor program, which brings together the efforts of over 50 faculty and staff who are focused on brain tumor clinical care, research and education. He is the chair elect of UC San Diego’s Health Sciences Faculty Council and a professor of surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

 A leader in immunotherapy, Dr. Carter researches how the body’s own biologic system can be used to reject cancerous growths. He is also interested in improving outcomes for intracranial surgery, the development of serum RNA-based biomarkers for brain tumors and other neurological disorders, and the development of gene transfer delivery techniques for the central nervous system.

 Dr. Carter is extensively published and his work has been cited more than 13,000 times. He lectures both nationally and internationally on neurosurgery topics and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Neurosurgery and Asian Journal of Neurosurgery

 Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Carter was at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

 He completed his neurosurgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and his post-doctoral fellowship at Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Carter earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his PhD in genetic epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is board-certified in neurological surgery.

 Dr. Carter is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a member of numerous medical organizations, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He serves on the program committee for the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference and has served on the executive boards of the Joint Cerebrovascular Section, the New England Neurosurgical Society and the California Association of Neurological Surgeons.

 He is consistently elected to Castle Connolly, America's Top Doctors® and as one of San Diego’s Top Docs in the San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey.

 Dr. Carter and his wife, Jennifer, have five children. The Carters enjoy hiking in Acadia National Park and the Sierra Nevada. The couple is also active in their faith community and serve in teaching and youth leadership roles.



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