Dr. Thomas Carter, MD
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Orthopedic Surgery | Male

The Orthopedic Clinic Association 2222 E Highland Ave Ste 300 Phoenix, AZ 85016 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

RECOVERY. RESULTS. RELIEF. 

Biography

Dr. Carter is an expert in the field of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Since 2000, he has been the head team physician for the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and has served as the head of orthopedic surgery at Arizona State University for 14 years. Dr. Carter has also served as a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Sports Medicine Subcommittee, and a member of several committees for the Arthroscopic Association of North America. He has served as the state representative for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Carter has published numerous articles pertaining to orthopedic and sports medicine topics and has given presentations world wide. He was also awarded a patent for arthroscopic surgical instruments. Dr. Carter is considered a national authority on the topics of meniscal allografts and articular cartilage. He is also a member of the Herodicus Society which is considered the premier organization for Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeons with just over 100 members world wide.

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based on 182 total surveys (6 with reviews)
Dr. Carter's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (6)
Tempe, AZ |
Dr. Carter has taken care of my orthopedic needs for over 20 years. His manner is a bit quirky, but I have always found him to be kind, listen well and be very responsive to my concerns. He is an outstanding surgeon. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Misdiagnosed my son and dismissed MRI results, which caused him to have to have a serious surgery from a different surgeon.
in Phoenix, AZ |
I took my mom for a visit to Dr. Carter since I had previously used TOCA (not this doctor) and I was happy with their service in the past. He spent very little time with her to understand the issue and also to recommend options. His staff made a mistake and took X-Ray of the wrong knee which I highlighted on my way out and they didn't charge me for it. I just received a bill in the mail to pay for their mistake and after the follow up they mentioned they took the X-Ray for comparison purposes !!
in Phoenix, AZ |
Dr Carter expand my knee issue and his treatment plan. He is very professional.
Phoenix, AZ |
At 25 years old all orthopedists I have seen, all told me I would need a full knee replacement after an accident I had. Dr. Carter is the only doctor who said not yet and replaced all my ligaments. I'm very thankful to have such a great doctor and he also did a wonderful job after my surgery!
in Scottsdale, AZ |
He was very short with me during my meeting. He examined my right knee only for a very short brief period. He never asked me where the pain was coming from or did any investigating. My first doctor after reviewing MRI said I will need surgery. I have never had so much pain in my life. My concern comes in that I want to play rec sports 100% again. He basically said wear this brace I give you and come back in 3 weeks. The appointment was today. I'll update after my next visit. Treated poorly.
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Dr. Carter is an expert in the field of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Since 2000, he has been the head team physician for the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and has served as the head of orthopedic surgery at Arizona State University for 14 years. Dr. Carter has also served as a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Sports Medicine Subcommittee, and a member of several committees for the Arthroscopic Association of North America. He has served as the state representative for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Carter has published numerous articles pertaining to orthopedic and sports medicine topics and has given presentations world wide. He was also awarded a patent for arthroscopic surgical instruments. Dr. Carter is considered a national authority on the topics of meniscal allografts and articular cartilage. He is also a member of the Herodicus Society which is considered the premier organization for Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeons with just over 100 members world wide.

Dr. Carter's Care Philosophy

RECOVERY. RESULTS. RELIEF. 

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Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine

Dr. Carter's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Arizona not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

Education

  • Medical School
    Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    Ohio State University
  • Residency Hospital
    Ohio State University

    Completed in 1988

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Jackson Hole Orthopaedics/Sports Injuries

    Completed in 1989

    U Western Ontario

    Completed in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate