Ernest L. Carter, MD, PhD

Title: Health Officer
Phone: 301-883-7834
Dr. Earnest Carter

Ernest L. Carter, MD, PhD became Health Officer of the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) in December 2019, after serving as Acting Health Officer for the year prior. Dr. Carter has been with PGCHD since 2012 when he became Deputy Health Officer. He brings more than 38 years of experience in direct patient care, more than 25 years of experience in the fields of telemedicine and health IT as well as more than 8 years in public health.

As Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Carter assisted the Health Officer in managing the PGCHD and provided direct oversight of the Family Health Services and Health & Wellness divisions, the Office of Assessment and Planning, as well as oversight of all clinical providers. He has been responsible for the design, implementation and management of multiple grants and contracts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the state of Maryland including the Prince George’s County Health Enterprise Zone population health project, the Consent2Share project, which was the first demonstration of the use of electronic patient privacy consent and data segmentation over a Health Information Exchange within the privacy constraints of a 42 CFR Part 2 environment, and PreventionLink, a cooperative agreement for innovative strategies to prevent and manage diabetes, heart disease, and stroke in underserved areas of the county.

Before coming to the PGCHD, Dr. Carter held positions as senior physician informaticist at Westat and director of the Telehealth Science and the Advanced Technology Center at Howard University that created telemedicine applications for both domestic and international use. He was also an assistant professor of electrical engineering and associate director of Howard University’s Material Science Research Center of Excellence, where he conducted research in bioengineering.

In private business ventures, he was the owner of retail-based clinics in four states. In addition, Dr. Carter was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington Adventist Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

Dr. Carter has an A.B. degree in physics from Harvard College, an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and a doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Carter and his wife have been married for more than 30 years and they have two daughters.


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