James H. Carter, Jr., MHS, PA-C

Assistant Professor
Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Class of 1986
MHS Class of 1994
Induction: 2011


James H. Carter, Jr.James H. Carter, Jr., MHS, PA-C was a 1981 graduate of Morehouse College.  He first pursued his love of health care as an EMT in Atlanta.  When he learned of the PA profession, he found his calling, and graduated from the Duke PA Program in 1986.  He returned to Duke to earn the MHS in 1994 after the program converted to a master’s degree.

Mr. Carter’s career in the civilian world has been spent at Duke in Neurosurgery, where he has practiced for many years with renowned neurosurgeon Allan Friedman, MD.  Working closely with Dr. Friedman, he has been an integral team member in their patient-centered neurosurgical practice, and the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.  He is a co-contributor to several publications and research projects.  Mr. Carter is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.

Mr. Carter entered military service in 1988 as a Direct Commission Officer in the United States Navy, and has attained the current rank of Commander.  He has held many positions with the Navy Reserve and served on active duty at Camp Lejeune during Operation Desert Storm 1990 to 1991 and in Kuwait in 2003.  In 2007 he became the Officer in Charge of two separate units at Navy Operational Support Center in Raleigh, and was elected president of the NOSC Raleigh Wardroom in October 2006.  In 2009 he was transferred to Naval Reserve Operational Hospital Support Unit where he served as Medical Officer.   Commander Carter’s military decorations include Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Navy Fleet Force Marine Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze star, Numeral 2 and Hourglass, and Expert Rifle Medal and Sharpshooter Pistol Medal.

His community service includes the Health Care Advisory Board of the Center for Employment Training, Southern High School Vocational Advisory Board, and Finance Committee for Compassionate Tabernacle of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh.

In service to the PA profession, Mr. Carter’s leadership roles include service to the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants in many capacities, including the conference planning committee, board of directors, endowment trustee, and chairing the minority affairs committee.  He was president and chair of the community service committee of Triangle Area Physician Assistants.

Mr. Carter teaches and serves on the admission committee of the Duke PA Program.  He has served on the Alumni Steering Committee since 2001, and as president from 2006 to present.