Cordelia Wheeler Carter, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Departments & Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Ortho Clinical Faculty | Pediatric Orthopaedics | Sports Medicine

Pediatric Orthopaedics

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Biography

Dr. Carter began her academic career at Yale University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1998, graduating magna cum laude with a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience. Athletics have always played an integral role in her life, and during her tenure as an undergraduate at Yale, she was named to the All-Ivy, Academic All-Ivy and Academic All-American Field Hockey teams. Dr. Carter returned to Yale University to pursue her medical training and received her medical degree from that institution in 2004. She then completed her orthopaedic residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University) in 2009, having received the Rosamond Kane award for Excellence in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery as well as being named to the “Circle of Excellence” for Columbia University resident educators. She then completed a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in 2010, followed by a fellowship in pediatric sports medicine at Children's Hospital Boston in 2011. She worked as a clinical assistant professor at Seattle Children's Hospital before returning to Yale in 2012.

Dr. Carter’s interest in pediatric sports medicine has been life-long. In addition to her own interest in athletics, she has coached swimming, track and field, lacrosse and field hockey teams at a wide range of scholastic levels. Her publications have also reflected this interest. As a resident, she coauthored a study entitled “Shoulder Range-of-Motion: Introduction of a Novel Self-Assessment Tool," which was published in the journal Arthroscopy in 2008. Dr. Carter has additionally co-authored chapters for the Instructional Course Lecture series and a medical textbook focusing on the arthroscopic treatment of anterior and multidirectional shoulder instability. As a fellow, Dr. Carter’s focus was on the arthroscopic management of the discoid meniscus, which culminated in the article entitled, "Clinical Outcomes as a Function of Meniscal Stability in the Discoid Meniscus: A Preliminary Report," published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics in 2012. She additionally has coauthored several pediatric sports-related publications including, “Meniscal Repair in Children,” and “Training the child athlete: how much is enough, how much is too much?” published in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Recently, she has co-written a monthly column in Pediatric Annals dedicated to sports-related issues in children and adolescents.

Education & Training

MD Yale University School of Medicine (2004)
Fellowship Children's Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School)
Fellowship Children's Hospital Los Angeles (University of Southern California)
Residency New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center)
Internship New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center)
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2015)

Professional Service

  • AAOS (2016) Reviewer - JAAOS

  • Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRiSM) (2016) Board of Directors- Secretary

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) (2013) AAOS Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (2012) Reviewer - Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal (OKOJ)

  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) (2012) POSNA Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Liaison Ad Hoc Committee Chair

Activities

  • Choe J, Ibarra C, Rodriguez M, Carter CW. “The role of the pediatric attending surgeon on the day of surgery: differences in expectations between parents and surgical providers.” Yale Pediatrics Research Forum. New Haven, CT; May 17, 2017; Poster. New Haven, United States (2017)


  • Cahill SV, Sharkey MS, Carter CW. “Clinical Assessment of Generalized Ligamentous Laxity Using a Single Test: Is Thumb-to-Forearm Apposition Enough?” EPOSNA, Barcelona, Spain May 2017; Podium presentation. Barcelona, Spain (2017 - 2017)


  • Cahill SV, Sharkey MS, Carter CW. “Characterizing Ligamentous Laxity Norms in a US Pediatric Orthopaedic Population: Age- and Sex-based Differences.” EPOSNA Barcelona, Spain, May 2017 (Poster) Barcelona, Spain (2017 - 2017)

  • Carter CW, Nduaguba A, John T, Batter A, Feinn RS, Cahill S, Sharkey MS. "Disproportionate Abstract Submission Rates for Men and Women in Academic Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery: An Analysis of POSNA Annual Meeting Abstract Submissions 2012-2015." EPOSNA 2017, Barcelona, Spain; E-poster. Barcelona, Spain (2017 - 2017)

  • Fishman F, Gardner E, Sharkey MS, Swigart C, Beusser K, Carter CW. “Inclusion of Females and Sex-Specific Data Analysis in Orthopaedic Research: Evaluation of Publications from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery from 2009 to 2013.” 25th Anniversary Congress on Women’s Health (Academy of Women’s Health) Washington DC, March 2017; Poster Washington, United States (2017 - 2017)

  • Carter CW, Nduaguba A, John T, Batter A, Feinn R, Cahill S, Sharkey MS. “Disproportionate Participation of Males and Females in Academic Pediatric Orthopaedics: Quality or Quantity?” 25th Anniversary Congress on Women’s Health (Academy of Women’s Health) 2017; Washington DC. Poster (Award for Best Poster in Education - Runner-up). Washington, United States (2017 - 2017)

  • Carter CW. “Pediatric Sports Injuries of the Hip and Knee.” Fairfield County Pediatric Day; April 27, 2017; Darien, CT (Lecture) Darien, United States (2017 - 2017)


  • Cahill S, Sharkey M, Carter CW. “Carter-Sharkey Lab Update.” Yale School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds. New Haven, CT; April 7, 2017 (Lecture). New Haven, United States (2017 - 2017)


  • Bruse LM, Campbell B, Carter CW, Franklin C, DeMaio M, Matzkin EG, Queen, R. “The Hip: Sex-Based Differences Throughout the Life Span.” AAOS Annual Meeting 2017, San Diego, CA; Scientific Exhibit. San Diego, United States (2017 - 2017)

  • Carter CW. “Acute Osteomyelitis in Children: Diagnosis, Imaging, and Current Concepts of Treatment.” Philippine Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting; November 2016; Manila, Philippines (Lecture). Manila, Philippines (2016 - 2016)

  • Carter CW. “Flexible IM Nailing for Forearm Fractures: Indications and Techniques.” Philippine Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, November 2017; Manila, Philippines (lecture). Manila, Philippines (2016 - 2016)

  • Carter CW. “Intra-articular elbow fractures: dilemmas in diagnosis and management.” Philippine Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting; November 2016; Manila, Philippines (lecture). Manila, Philippines (2016 - 2016)


  • Carter CW, Hu C, Bruse L, Matzkin. “Females, Knee Arthritis, and Joint Replacement Surgery: Do Orthopaedic Surgeons Consider a Patient's Sex as a Factor when Treating Patients?” National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities Caucus (Movement is Life); November 10, 2016; Washington, DC (Poster). Washington, United States (2016 - 2016)


  • Carter CW. "Flexible Nailing for Tibial Fractures." AAOS/POSNA Skills Course: Sports Medicine Techniques and Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma. June 10, 2016; Rosemont, IL (lecture). Rosemont, United States (2016 - 2016)

  • Carter CW. "Diagnostic Knee Arthroscopy + Partial Meniscectomy" AAOS/POSNA Skills Course: Sports Medicine Techniques and Minimally Invasive Approaches to Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma. June 10, 2016; Rosemont, IL (lecture). Rosemont, United States (2016 - 2016)

  • Janicki J..., Carter CW et al. “Evaluation of the necessity of operative irrigation and debridement: pediatric randomized trial of type 1 open fractures (PROOF study).” POSNA Annual Meeting; Indianapolis, IN, April 2016 (e-poster). Indianapolis, United States (2016 - 2016)

  • Kapetanovic E, Fenoglio A, Michalski M, Brown E, Carter CW. "The Use of 3-D Printing in Orthopaedic Resident Education: Enhanced Understanding of Triplane Fractures.” European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) Annual Meeting; Rome, Italy; April 2016 (e-poster.) Rome, Italy (2016 - 2016)


  • Carter CW. “Sex and Sports: Caring for the Female Athlete in 2016." American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL; March 2016; Symposium: Moderator and Invited Faculty). Orlando, United States (2016 - 2016)


  • Gehrig LMB, Baker MM, Carter CW, Hylden C, Ireland ML, Johnson A, Matzkin EG. “Sex-based considerations in caring for common sports injuries.” AAOS Annual Meeting; March 2016; Orlando, FL (Scientific Exhibit). Orlando, United States (2016 - 2016)


  • Carter CW. “Primary Traumatic Anterior Glenohumeral Instability in the Young Athlete: Fix it.” Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) society Annual Meeting; January 2016; San Diego, CA (lecture). San Diego, United States (2016 - 2016)


  • Badrinath R, Giles E, Carter CW. “’Multi-ligamentous’ Injury Patterns of the Skeletally Immature Knee.” Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRiSM) Annual Meeting; San Diego, CA; January 2016 (e-poster). San Diego, United States (2016 - 2016)


  • Kapetanovic K, Fenoglio A, Michalski M, Brown E, Carter CW. "The Use of 3-Dimensional (3D) Printing in Orthopaedic Resident Education: Enhanced Understanding of Triplane Fractures” Yale School of Medicine Medical Education Day, May 21, 2015; New Haven, CT (Poster, Winner, “Excellence in Educational Innovation” Award) New Haven, United States (2015 - 2015)


  • Carter CW. "Training the child athlete." Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) Annual Youth Talent ID and Development Conference; May, 2015; Cape Town, South Africa (Keynote).. Cape Town, South Africa (2015 - 2015)


  • Carter CW. “Gender (Sex) Differences in Adolescent Sports Injuries." Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting, Sports Subspecialty Day, Atlanta, Georgia (Lecture). Atlanta, United States (2015 - 2015)


  • Sharkey MS, Feinn R, Carter CW, Cassese T. “Persistence of the Gender Gap in Academic Pediatric Orthopaedics: An Analysis of Abstract Presentations at POSNA 2009-2013.” POSNA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2015 (poster). Atlanta, United States (2015 - 2015)


  • Giles E, Sharkey MS, Carter CW. “’Starburst” Edema of the Distal Femoral Physis: An atypical explanation for adolescent knee pain.” Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) Annual Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; February 2015 (Podium presentation). Fort Lauderdale, United States (2015 - 2015)

  • Kapetanovic E, Michalski M... Carter C...et al. “Utilizing 3D printing in complex traumatic and neoplastic orthopedic cases.” Mimics Innovation Conference, October 2014, Leuven, Belgium (poster). Leuven, Belgium (2014 - 2014)


  • Carter CW. “Training the child athlete: injury prevention, health promotion, and performance.” University of Alabama – Birmingham Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds; Birmingham, Alabama; May 2014 (Lecture). Birmingham, United States (2014 - 2014)

  • Carter CW. “Shoulder Instability: The case of the atraumatic subluxator/ dislocator. Is surgery ever indicated?” Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting; May 2014; Los Angeles, CA (lecture). Los Angeles, United States (2014 - 2014)


  • Gehrig L, Baker M, Campbell B, Carter C, Healy J, Wozncnicza J. “Orthopaedic strategies to manage sex-based metastatic malignancies.” AAOS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA., March 2014 (scientific exhibit). New Orleans, United States (2014 - 2014)


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