Awareness • Early Detection • Treatment • Research • Survivorship
Lt. Commander Corey A. Carter, Walter Reed National Military Hospital
Born in Chula Vista, California, Lieutenant Commander Corey A. Carter, MD was forced to learn about cancer at an early age. While in high school he had to deal with both his grandmother passing away from liver cancer and his father passing away from lung cancer.
LCDR Carter enlisted in the military after high school and was selected into the nuclear power training pipeline and served as an Engineering Laboratory Technician on the USS Georgia, SSBN 729. After a 5-year tour on submarines he entered the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the University of Washington, in Seattle. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Science in biochemistry and matriculated at the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2003 and began training in Internal Medicine. He has completed his training in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology and holds board certification in each of these specialties.
He currently serves as the Chief on Inpatient Oncology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda Maryland and as a Senior Clinical Investigator at the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health. His medical career has provided him the opportunity to serve as an intensive care physician during Operation Enduring Freedom at the Multinational Medical Unit Role III, at the Kandahar Airfield. His service coincided with increased military push in Afghanistan, treating hundreds of patients during this tour.
Dr. Carter specializes in thoracic malignancies. His interests include the molecular mutations leading to lung cancer and the individualizing lung cancer therapy. He is a lead investigator on multi-institutional clinical trial that evaluates treatment of KRAS mutated lung cancer. He has recently started an initiative to detect lung cancer at its earliest stage for military beneficiaries and veterans.