Ernest Carter, MD, PhD

Health Officer, Prince George’s County Health Department

Started 1st Telehealth module in USVI in 1990s.

Health officer for Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) with 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 7 years in public health. 

At the PGCHD, he provides direct oversight and management of all 535+ employees in the divisions of Family Services and Community Health, Environmental Health, Assessment and Planning, Health & Wellness, Behavioral Health, Administration, Finance, Communications, Emergency Preparedness as well as oversight of all clinical programs and providers with an annual budget exceeding $74,000,000. He has been responsible for over 30 million dollars of grant funding to the PGCHD. He has been responsible for the design, implementation and management of multiple grants and contracts from CDC, SAMHSA, AHRQ and the state of Maryland including 1) the PGC Health Enterprise Zone, population health project, 2) the Consent2Share project, which was the first demonstration of the use of electronic patient privacy consent and data segmentation over a HIE within the privacy constraints of a 42-CFR, Part 2 environment and 3) PreventionLink, the South Maryland Chronic Disuse Prevention Program, a cooperative agreement for innovative strategies to prevent and manage diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

At Westat, he was a senior physician informaticist. At Howard University, Dr. Carter was director of the Telehealth Science and the Advanced Technology Center that created telemedicine applications for both domestic and international use. He was also an assistant professor at of Electrical Engineering and associate director of Howard’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 AB degree in Physics from Harvard College, MD degree from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Carter is married and has raised 2 adult daughters with his wife of 33 years.