Thomas R. Carter, MD is an expert in the field of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Since 2000, he has been the head team physician for the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and has served as the head of orthopedic surgery at Arizona State University for 14 years.

Dr. Carter has also served as a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Sports Medicine Subcommittee, and a member of several committees for the Arthroscopic Association of North America. He has served as the state representative for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Carter has published numerous articles pertaining to orthopedic and sports medicine topics and has given presentations world wide. He was also awarded a patent for arthroscopic surgical instruments. Dr. Carter is considered a national authority on the topics of meniscal allografts and articular cartilage. He is also a member of the Herodicus Society which is considered the premier organization for Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeons with just over 100 members worldwide.

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Our Patients love Dr. Carter!

Amazed at the service I received from you!! I had an appointment with “another” orthopedic practice set for 9 days and they called me the DAY before to tell me they now didn’t take my insurance (info I could have used EIGHT DAYS AGO!!) I endured the pain for 8 days! Then I called your practice and had an appointment in two hours!’s how it went…

I went to TOCA at 2222 E. Highland at 2pm … filled out paperwork and they said they’d get me right in..less than 5 minutes later I’m in the room..less than 3 minutes later Dr. is in..he say X-ray will be right in.. less than 30 seconds later I’m off to X’ray..10 minutes later I’m back in the room…3 minutes later & the Dr. is back in the room and explains no rips or tears just arthritis that I can help heal with anti-inflammatories and excercise…say they will be right in to drain my knee and give me a cortisone shot..less than 1 minute later the tech is there and less than 3 minutes later procedure is done and I have instructions…I ask if it’s OK to see the X-rays and the doctor says “Sure!” and explains everything and give me a quick biology lesson to boot! By MILES the most efficient Doctor visit I have had EVER! Amazing … I’m inviting them to St. Croix! THIS is how to run a practice!!!

Dr. Carter Fixed my bicep tendon better than it was before it was completely shredded. He promised it would be 80 percent as strong as it was before being torn but it’s better than 100 percent and actually stronger than my other arm. Now I want to get the other arm done. The dude rocks!

Dr. Carter is amazing! I have had many knee surgeries with him and have built a wonderful rapport with him over the past eight years. The wait time can be long but for as great of a doctor as he is, it is worth it. He is old-school and gives it to you straight; no babying with him.

Dr. Carter in the News

Dr. Thomas Carter, the Suns team physician since 2000, was named NBA Team Physician of the Year by National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association members.

Congratulations to Dr. Tom Carter! The Central Program Committee has accepted his abstract application as a POSTER presentation for the 2016 AAOS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Carter serves these TOCA locations: