Dr. Jeffrey Carter, of Des Peres, Appointed to the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
Dr. Jeffrey Carter was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1965. At a young age, Carter's father embarked on a 30 year career with IBM. His mom soon became a school teacher for St. Louis Public Schools specializing in Behavior and Learning Disabled Children, prompting a move to University City where Carter was raised. Carter recalls, "I was blessed with parents who instilled a strong work ethic and belief I can achieve my dreams through pursuit of education and through dedication and perseverance".
Carter attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate studies, then earned his MD degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1991. After beginning surgical residency training at St. Louis University, he transitioned to specializing in anesthesiology, where he completed his residency at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1997.
"The work of medical regulation, which is really about public protection through ensuring quality in health care practice, has become a profoundly satisfying responsibility - it is the highlight of my career."
Since 2000, Carter has been a member of Ballas Anesthesia, Inc., providing anesthesia care at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and several outpatient surgery centers throughout the St. Louis Area. In 2009, Carter was honored to be appointed to Missouri's medical licensing board, the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. "The work of medical regulation, which is really about public protection through ensuring quality in health care practice, has become a profoundly satisfying responsibility - it is the highlight of my career!" Carter remarks. While serving on the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, Carter and his colleagues investigated thousands of complaints involving questions of providers misconduct, quality of care, impairment, and otherwise. During these investigations, Carter learned a learned a great deal about the practice of medicine, its regulatory framework in our state, and the American health care system. He served on the Board until 2016, serving as Board President for two terms, from 2012-13 and 2015-16. During his term on the Board, Carter was instrumental in leading the Board through the promulgating rules for the assistant physician law that was enacting by the Missouri General Assembly. Missouri was the first state at the time to license this type of physician, making it the highest priority to write rules that maintained patient safety while expanding and enabling access to care.
During his tenure on the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, Carter become increasingly involved with the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the nonprofit organization that supports the mission of the 70 state and territorial medial and osteopathic boards of the United States through education, policy development, and advocacy. He was elected to serve on FSMB's Nominating Committee (2014-16), and FSMB's Workgroup on Physician Wellness and Burnout (2016-17). He has served on FSMB's Board of Directors as Chair of the Governance committee since 2017, as well as the Executive Committee. During his tenure with the FSMB board, Carter has worked to develop best practice policies at the national level, including but not limited to: prevention of physician burnout, use of prescription drug monitoring programs, use of social media in practice, and recommendations on regenerative and stem cell therapy practices.
The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists is humbled and honored to call Jeffrey Carter, M.D., a member of our organization. Congratulations on your appointment to the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts!
Read the official press release from the Governor's Office here.