People of the Injury Prevention Center

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Patrick Carter, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, U-M Medical School

Youth Violence Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

Co-Director, Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan




Dr. Carter is the Principal Investigator and Director of the U-M Injury Prevention Center, Associate Professor and a board-certified emergency physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan, and Youth Violence Content Lead at the U-M Injury Prevention Center.

As Co-Director of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, Dr. Carter is responsible for establishing and overseeing the short-term progress and long-term strategic mission of the Center. Dr. Carter’s research career goal is to develop and implement innovative emergency department-based interventions that will not only prevent firearm injuries but also decrease substance use and high-risk firearm behaviors among youth and young adults. Through the well as the potential injury-related impact and cost savings new technology can create. Dr. Carter contributed to the U-M IPC Massive Open Online Course, “Injury Prevention for Children and Teens” in the Firearm Safety section.

Research Interests

Dr. Carter’s research aims to understand the epidemiology and characteristics of firearm violence among urban youth and minority populations. Specifically, Dr. Carter has published an analysis characterizing the high rates of firearm possession and illegal methods of firearm acquisition among assault-injured youth seeking emergency department care. He is also the Principal Investigator of a daily survey study looking at the contextual aspects of firearm violence events among youth in inner-city settings.