Cordelia W. Carter, MD

  • Specialties: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 929-455-2600
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About Me

I don’t come from a family of doctors, but from a very young age I wanted to pursue a career in medicine—I’ve always been drawn to helping people. Before medical school, I was a teacher in Tokyo and coached children’s sports teams, which sparked my initial interest in pediatrics. It wasn’t until medical school that I discovered the field of pediatric orthopedic surgery. I fell in love with the hands-on aspect of the specialty and how it allows me to provide children with concrete solutions to lead healthy and active lives.

As a pediatric orthopedic sports surgeon at NYU Langone’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, I frequently work with children who have bone injuries like fractures. Often my patients are young athletes whose injuries are sports-related, including patellar instability, which is a dislocation of the kneecap; meniscal tears such as torn discoid menisci; and ruptures of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that require surgical reconstruction.

The injuries that children and adolescents get are unique to growing bodies, so the treatments I offer are tailored to their needs. I have specialized training in physeal-sparing surgical techniques that allow me to avoid injury to young athletes’ growth plates so that there is no disruption to their normal growth.

Because I was also a competitive athlete growing up and during college, I can relate to my patients on a personal level. Often, my patients and their families tell me it’s useful that I “speak the lingo.” As a doctor, my goal is to understand each patient’s individual needs and challenges so that I can provide high-quality, personalized care. From my own experience, I understand how injuries and surgeries can affect young athletes not just physically, but socially and emotionally as well. I think my patients appreciate this.

I am a cheerleader for my patients throughout treatment and recovery. I set and manage reasonable expectations, but I also believe in the power of positive thinking—I like to harness this power to ensure that my patients meet their goals for participating in sports and other physical activities.

In addition to my clinical role, I’m excited to be the director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at NYU Langone’s Joan H. and Preston Robert Tisch Center at Essex Crossing. I also stay busy as the chair of the Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and I am a member of the board of directors of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society. On weekends, I enjoy working as a team physician for the National Women’s Hockey League.

In my research, I examine how a person’s sex and gender affect health outcomes in musculoskeletal medicine. I’m also interested in understanding barriers, such as socioeconomic ones, that prevent people from participating in sports—I believe that athletics should be accessible to everyone. Ultimately, I hope to encourage children and adolescents to participate in sports in a fun and safe manner so that they continue to reap the benefits of being physically active throughout their lives.


Credentials

Positions
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Director, Pediatric Sports Medicine Center
  • Director, Women's Sports Medicine Center
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery, 2015
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Boston Childrens Hospital, Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, 2011
  • Fellowship, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, Pediatric Orthopedic, 2010
  • Residency, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery, 2009
  • MD from Yale University, 2004
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NYU Langone Joan H. and Preston Robert Tisch Center at Essex Crossing

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