Dr. Don Carter, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatMaleAge 61

Dr. Don Carter, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Merced, CA and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Washington University St Louis medical school in 1986. He is affiliated with medical facilities Memorial Hospital Los Banos and Mercy Medical Center Merced. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Carter to book an appointment.

Dr. Carter

Donald P. Carter MD

3351 M St Ste 205 Merced, CA 95348
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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Dr. Carter's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Earwax Buildup
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Dr. Carter treats Earwax Buildup more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Carter treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Laryngitis
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Dr. Carter treats Laryngitis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Carter treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Acute Laryngitis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Carter treats Acute Laryngitis more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Carter treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Carter's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Adenoidectomy
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anosmia
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Broken Nose
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Facial Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lip Cancer
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Malignant Otitis Externa
  • Maxillary and Malar Fractures
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngitis
  • Rhinoseptoplasty
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cyst
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Wound Repair

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Dr. Carter's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Carter

4.1

Based on 31 ratings

5 Stars
67.74193548387096%
(21)
4 Stars
9.67741935483871%
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3 Stars
3.225806451612903%
(1)
2 Stars
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1 Star
19.35483870967742%
(6)
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What went well
  • Office environment (25)
  • Staff friendliness (24)
  • Appointment scheduling (23)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (5)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
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Dr. Carter did not see the excess mucus on my vocal cords and growths causing my voice to be raspy. I left his office in disgust after he again wanted me to fill out new patient forms simply because their system upgrade failed to migrate existing patient records. My primary care physician referred me to another ENT specialist at Stanford Hospital. Surgery performed on March 15, 2018 and 2 months later my voice changed but is near radio quality. Transformed my life.
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Karma in Merced, CA – Jun 09, 2018
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I used Dr. Carter when my children were little and was happy, but things have changed. My husband is on a CPAP machine and we struggle every time he needs supplies. We have paid out of pocket because we can't get the necessary info sent for insurance approval. My husband has never actually seen Dr. Carter...just his PA. We are going on 6 months trying to get what we need. We will once again pay out of pocket because he has been without his medically necessary machine for 6 months. -10 score
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I think Dr. Carter is an awesome physician. My elderly mother was quite hard-of-hearing and very stubborn about insisting NO HEARING AIDS. Dr. Carter was very firm and honest with her; never unkind, just firm. He convinced her to wear the hearing aids. He's quite knowledgeable (I too, am now his patient.) I'm appreciate that as he types his notes into my electronic chart during our appointment, he reads aloud what he's typing to make sure we're both "on the same page." Great doc!
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Patrice Stribling Nelson in Merced CA – Mar 06, 2018
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Amazing doctor. I was really sick for the longest time and no other doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. Dr Carter diagnosed me Addisons Disease and referred me to an endocrinologist. He also treats my thyroid. I feel great now. I could never thank him enough!
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Priscila Olivares in Merced, CA – Aug 15, 2017
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I lost my hearing in my left ear. I was referred to Dr. Carter. After a hearing test was performed in his office and he reviewed my situation he decided to do cortisone injections. My hearing has been restored and after his follow up I have now been released. I can say that the staff and Dr Carter was very professional and I am very pleased to have my hearing back.
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D. Price in Chowchilla, CA – Mar 07, 2017
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I was have continuous sinus infections. I had surgery with Dr. Carter and I will so much better. So glad I found an answer with Dr. Carter. Thank you
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charlotte eggleston in Dos Palos, CA – Jan 30, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Don Carter, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Merced, CA and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated...Read more

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Education

1991
University Kans School Med
Residency Hospital
1986
University of Kansas Hospital
Internship Hospital
1986
Washington University St Louis
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese

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What are Dr. Don Carter, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Carter frequently treats Earwax Buildup, Laryngitis, and Acute Laryngitis. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Carter treats.

Where is Dr. Don Carter, MD's office located?

Dr. Carter's office is located at 3351 M St Ste 205, Merced, CA 95348. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Don Carter, MD speak?

Dr. Carter speaks Chinese, Cantonese and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Donald P. Carter MD

Gateway Ent & Hearing Services3351 M St Ste 205 Merced, CA 95348
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Practice

801 W L St Los Banos, CA 93635
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Carter is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Los Banos, CA

58% Patient Experience Rating, 11% lower than the national average

Mercy Medical Center Merced

Merced, CA

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average