Cordelia Wheeler Carter MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Biographical Info

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

Yale University School of Medicine (2004)
New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center), Orthopaedic Surgery (2004 - 2005)
New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical Center), Orthopaedic Surgery (2005 - 2009)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (University of Southern California), Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery (2009 - 2010)
Children's Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School), Pediatric Sports Medicine (2010 - 2011)
Board Certification
Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Eligible 
Board Certification
Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Eligible 

Professional Service

  • Reviewer, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (12/1/2012)
  • Member, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) (08/01/2012)
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) (03/01/2013)

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