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Dr. Greg Carter honored with Distinguished Researcher Award

June 25, 2012

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) will this fall recognize Greg Carter, MD, MS as the winner of the 2012 Distinguished Researcher Award.

AANEM President John Kincaid, MD, said Dr. Carter’s 20 years of research led to the award.

“The breadth of study … on basic medications and neurophysiology of animals, to intermediate outcome studies in humans, to advanced work on pain relief, quality of life, psychology, and function in patients with terminal neuromuscular diseases … is outstanding,” Kincaid said.

Dr. Carter is a Providence Medical Group physiatrist in Centralia who specializes in neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine. He is the medical director of the MDA Regional Neuromuscular Center in Olympia and is medical director for Providence Hospice in Lewis County.

“Research tells patients someone is trying to do something about their disease. It lets them know we care enough about them to try and find a cure or a better treatment,” said Dr. Carter. “Without that, it would be easy to lose hope, particularly in diseases like ALS or muscular dystrophy.”

Dr. Carter’s research accomplishments include:

  • Among the first investigators to document the severity of pain associated with disorders, most of which had previously been described in medical texts as “painless.”
  • The first investigator to report the effectiveness of cannabis in treating ALS
  • Co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, along with 10 book chapters, and dozens of editorials, commentaries and reviews.

“This award means a huge amount to me as it is a validation of the ideas I have studied in an effort to push medicine forward,” he said. “Yet awards mean nothing if you don't use them as motivation to push yourself even farther. Research forces me to stay current and stay on top of my game. It also keeps me continuously challenged intellectually.”

He currently serves as teaching faculty for the UW MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. He has previously served as a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, where he helped found the MDA/ALS Center.

“Research has changed the face of modern medicine,” Dr. Carter said. “Other things such as stereotactic brain surgery, gamma knife operations, advanced chemotherapies … all are possible because of research.”

He has also published numerous chapters, letters to the editor and taught at hundreds of venues. He is currently senior associate editor for Muscle & Nerve, a consulting editor for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, and an associate editor for the textbook, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Principles and Practice.

Dr. Carter’s other awards include:

  • 2011 Best Doctors in America; elected every year consecutively since 2001; www.bestdoctors.com
  • 2002 Excellence in Clinical Care Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
  • 1998 Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • 1994 Best Research Paper Published by a Physiatrist Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The award will officially be presented to Dr. Carter at the annual AANEM meeting Oct. 5 in Orlando.

June 25, 2012


Media Contact: Chris Thomas, public relations manager
360.330.8535 or chris.thomas@providence.org