Patrick Carter

  • Assistant Professor
  • UM School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine



Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor and a board-certified emergency physician in University of Michigan (U-M) Emergency Medicine, and part of the leadership team of the U-M Injury Center. He recently completed a two-year NIH/NIAAA postdoctoral research fellowship through a joint initiative with the U-M Injury Center and Substance Abuse Section of University of Michigan Psychiatry focused on the intersection between substance use and firearm violence. His current research focuses on understanding the epidemiology and characteristics of firearm violence among urban youth and minority populations. Dr. Carter was the lead author on a recently published analysis characterizing the high rates of firearm possession and illegal methods of firearm acquisition among assault-injured youth seeking ED care. He is also currently conducting a daily diary study that examines the contextual aspects of firearm violence events among youth in inner-city settings. Dr. Carter has conducted multiple studies examining the prevention of unintentional injuries, including studies examining the impact of policy-related changes (e.g., seatbelt laws, alcohol interlocks), distracted driving among adolescent drivers and those who drive children, and the impact of occupant characteristics on the risk for injury in a motor vehicle crash. Through this work, he has demonstrated the detrimental impact of rescinding primary seat belt laws and the potential injury-related impact and cost savings of installing alcohol interlock devices in all new vehicles manufactured.  Dr. Carter’s early work was focused in examining the epidemiology and characteristics of injury among vulnerable populations in developing countries. As part of a NIH/Fogarty-funded training grant to develop and improve the delivery of emergency care in low-middle income countries (LMICs), he was instrumental in characterizing the patient population to better inform the delivery of emergency care and developing processes to improve clinical operations to streamline and deliver better care using Lean methodology. Dr. Carter also has experience with emergency department care, the delivery of public health interventions in the emergency department, and linkage of youth to available community resources. He assists Dr. Cunningham with the analyses of injury data from Flint, Youngstown, and Camden and participates as a member of the research team.