One of many research initiatives in the Matthews' lab focuses on the role of extracellular matrix and cell surface glycoproteins in the developing nervous system and in learning, memory, plasticity and diseases. This slide shows extracellular matrix (ECM) staining on a glioma initiating cell.

Neuroscience Program Faculty

David A Carter, MD, PhD

David A Carter, MD, PhD
Appointed 04/15/00
503 Physicians' Office Building
725 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 470-7962

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

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

Web Resources


Link to PubMed External Icon (Opens new window. Close the PubMed window to return to this page.)


Selected Publications

Liu, D, Schelper RL, Carter, DA, Poiesz BJ, Shrimpton, AE, Frankel, BM, & Hutchison, RE: Primary central nervous system cytotoxic/suppressor T-cell lymphoma: report of a unique case and review of the literature. Americal Journal of Surgical Pathology 27(5):682-8, May 2003.

Raibon, E, Sauve, Y, Carter, DA, & Gaillard, F: Microglial changes accompanying the promotion of retinal ganglion cell axonal regeneration into peripheral nerve grafts. Journal of Neurocytology 31(1):57-71, Jan 2002.

Zhu, WH, Carter, DA & Hodge, Jr, CJ: Neurogenesis after cortical injury. Journal of Neurosurgery 96: 444, 2002.

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Additional Collaborators

  • Paul Gold, PhD External Icon
    Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Aging, Cell Signaling and Communication, Learning, Memory, and Plasticity, Neurological and Psychiatric Conditions.
  • James Hewett, PhD External Icon
    Associate Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Neuroscience and Central Nervous System Neurobiology and Pathology: Neuromodulators and Epilepsy: Arachidonic Acid Metabolism and Cyclooxygenase-2: Cytokines and Interleukin-1beta: Signal Transduction and Gene Expression.
  • Sandra Hewett, PhD External Icon
    Professor, Neuroscience, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Mechanisms underlying cell death in the central nervous system: the interplay between excitotoxicity and inflammation.
  • Donna Korol, PhD External Icon
    Associate Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of learning and memory across the lifespan.
  • Katharine (Kate) Lewis, PhD External Icon
    Associate Professor, Biology (Syracuse University)
    Research Interests: Specification and patterning of spinal cord interneurons; Formation of functional neuronal circuitry; Evolution of spinal cord patterning and function; Dorsal-ventral neural tube patterning; zebrafish development.