Dr. Thomas Carter, MD

Dr. Thomas Carter, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 60
Dr. Thomas Carter, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Phoenix, AZ and has been practicing for 29 years. He graduated from Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med in 1983 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.Read his story

2222 E Highland Ave Ste 300

Phoenix, AZ 85016

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 94% of peers
Knee Dislocation
more than 83% of peers
Joint Pain
more than 80% of peers

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Dr. Carter's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Carter "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Carter "RECOVERY. RESULTS. RELIEF. "

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

46  Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • 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
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • 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 Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


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14  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Ohio State University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Ohio State University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Jackson Hole Orthopaedics/Sports Injuries
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • U Western Ontario
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Carter has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Carter's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Carter to family and friends
217 total reviews (32 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (217)

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Dr. Carter's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (32)

Very pleased w his staff and Dr Carter. Very inforamtive.
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Dr Carter is great with both surgery and follow up. Would recommend Dr Carter.
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Very down to earth, no ego, makes you feel comfortable. Knows what he is doing.
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Very personable and thorough. Answered all of my questions and was sensitive and receptive to my needs.
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Dr Carter is excellent! Answered all my questions and is taking care of my case.
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