Reginald D. Carter, PhD, PA

Reginald D. Carter

Director, PA History Office

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Class of 1978
Induction: 2002


Reginald Carter is a graduate of Wake Forest University (BS and PhD), Winston-Salem, NC. He has served on the Duke University Medical Center faculty for over 30 years, holding joint appointments in the departments of Community and Family Medicine and Cell Biology. He has been with the Duke PA Program since 1972, first as a teacher, then Associate Director and eventually Division Chief and Program Director. Dr. Carter is director of the PA History Office and the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History.

Dr. Carter's contributions include service on the Research and Development Committee of the AAPA and APAP, which laid a foundation for documentation of the profession that is unparalleled in any other profession. As president APAP, he wrote grants to fund the first major workforce studies on PAs and as a member of the Education and Research Foundation (predecessor to the PA Foundation), he helped establish small research awards focused on PA workforce issues. As NCCPA commissioner, Dr. Carter helped usher in a new age of computer-based testing. He chaired and served on various other PA professional committees; authored many articles, chapters and reports on PAs; and served as reviewer of federal training grants and small research grants awarded by the PA Foundation. He is co-editor of a landmark book on PAs entitled Alternatives in Health Care Delivery: Emerging Roles for Physician Assistants and co-wrote and produced a 35 min. videotape entitled,Physician Assistant: History of a Health Manpower Innovation, used to introduce PA students to the PA concept. He has served four 3-year terms as a trustee of the North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC and recently ended a 4-year appointment on the National Advisory Board for Partnership for Quality Education focused on educating primary care residents, PAs and nurse practitioners in managed care environments. He has been a staunch advocate for preserving the history of the PA profession and is currently developing an on-line, searchable archival database and virtual illustrated history web site for the profession.

Among many awards and certificates of appreciation, Dr. Carter has received the Twentieth Anniversary Appreciation Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (1988), the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program (1996), and the Presidential Award, from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (2001).