Biography


Biography for Joye M. Carter, MD

Joye M. Carter, MD is a triple board certified physician who has specialized in the field of Forensic Pathology. She is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and Wittenberg University, respectively. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Dr. Carter is a native of Wellsville- East Liverpool, Ohio and attended high school in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the daughter of Marjorie Carter and the late Russell Carter. She is the youngest of four girls.

sedonaDr. Carter first made history when she became the first graduate of Howard University to achieve board certification in Forensic Pathology and then when she became the first African-American to be appointed a Chief Medical Examiner in the United States in 1992. Dr. Carter made history again when she became the first female to be appointed Chief Medical Examiner in the history of the state of Texas where she served as Chief Medical Examiner of Harris County [Houston], Texas from 1996 until 2002.
Dr. Joye Carter has been featured in such noted magazines as Black Enterprise, Ebony, Healthquest and Der Spiegel, as well as the American Medical Association magazine and newspapers such as The Washington Post, Washington Times, Houston Chronicle, and The Richmond Times Dispatch. She was featured in the book Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 41 in 2005 and has been a regular in periodicals such as Who’s Who.
Dr. Carter recently relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana to become the Chief Forensic Pathologist to the coroner.
Dr. Carter formed the first and only black owned forensic consulting firm in the United States in 2002. Dr. Carter describes herself as a Christian physician and is fulfilling what she feels is her calling, to help others find their way through the maze of the criminal justice system and level the unequal field where she feels many become victims because of limited resources.

Dr. Carter has worked with people all over the world with need of ethical and neutral consulting in forensic pathology and death investigation. She has had a chapter published in the Forensic Laboratory Handbook of Procedures and Practice (Humana Press, 2006), and is a reviewer for the journal of the National Medical Association.

Dr. Carter has written three books, titled My Strength Comes from Within, I Speak for the Dead, and “Let Me Give You A Peace of My Mind: Don’t Rent Space in Your Head, Evict Negativity” respectively, and is working on a fourth book which is currently untitled. Dr. Carter commutes between Indianapolis, IN and Petersburg, VA, her ancestral home.  Dr. Joye, as she is often called by friends, is a dog lover and has a rescued labradoodle named Bentley Bear. She has an online column through which she shares information of health and well being and plans to syndicate her column sometime in the near future.  She is a Godmother, proud Grammy, and maintains interests in gardening, interior design, loves antiques, equality in criminal justice, education of our youth and daily exercise.
Dr. Carter delights in lecturing on forensics and participates in national mentoring programs. If you would like to schedule an appearance for Dr. Carter, please contact her office at 866-353-8764Call: 866-353-8764