Gamma Knife Team

Referring Physician Role

The referring physician is a critical partner on the Gamma Knife treatment team. All follow-up studies, treatment plans and progress outcomes are performed in conjunction with the patient's physician. Because the patient often requires long-term follow-up care, it is essential that the referring physician and Gamma Knife team maintain a close working relationship.

The Upstate Gamma Knife Team

Treatment with the Gamma Knife is planned and administered by a multidisciplinary team of specialists including: neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, otolargyngologist, medical physicists, neuroradiologists, and nursing staff.


David A Carter, MD, PhD, 315 470-7962

David A Carter, MD, PhD
Appointed 12/07/17
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 470-7962

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Neurosurgery: Brain Tumors, Functional, General Neurosurgery, Radiosurgery, Spine Disorders
  • Upstate Cancer Center: Neurosurgery
  • Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center: Neurosurgery

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Neuroscience Program
  • Neurosurgery


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1991, Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Residency: University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1984, Neurosurgery
  • MD: University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1979

Clinical Interests

  • Brain Tumors; Functional Neurosurgery (Epilepsy and Movement Disorders)

Research Interests

  • Enhancing Central Nervous System (brain & spinal cord) plasticity & repair; Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy

Specialties & Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Spine Tumors
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Chronic Pain
  • Concussion
  • Congenital and Developmental Malformations of the Nervous System
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy, Severe
  • Essential Tremor
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Stenosis
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Stinger
  • Nervous System Vascular Lesions
  • Neuralgias
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Slipped Disk or Herniated Disk
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic radiculopathy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar neuropathy


  • Adults


  • Arachnoid Cyst Treatment
  • Brain Tumor Treatment
  • Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Electrical Stimulation for Pain
  • Fracture Treatment of Spine
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Hydrocephalus Treatment
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myocardial Biopsy
  • Neurosurgery for Pain
  • Seizure Focus Investigation
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Spinal Decompression Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Injury Evaluation and Emergent Care
  • Spine Pain Treatment
  • Stereotactic Guided Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Surgical Options for Back Pain
  • Surgical Repair of Congenital and Developmental Lesions of the Nervous System
  • Surgical Treatment of Brain and Spine Tumors
  • Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
  • Surgical Treatment of Hydrocephalus
  • Surgical Treatment of Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment of Stroke or Brain Ischemia
  • Surgical Treatment of Vascular Lesions of the Nervous System
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Society
  • American Epilepsy Society (AES)
  • Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
  • VA Medical Center

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