Director of Undergraduate Programs-College of Nursing, Course Coordinator NUR 3010: Medical-Surgical Nursing, Assistant Professor-Clinical

146 Cohn

Office hours

Wednesday 1130 to 1230 or by appointment


Bio Sketch

Dr. Carter's clinical experiences shaped the foundation for his platform of research. Prior clinical positions were in acute and critical care cardiovascular nursing. Dr. Carter has provided nursing care to patients from a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups with cardiovascular disease and its sequelae. Cardiovascular and chronic genetic conditions have a strong heritable component, but the environment and individual factors also influence the disease course. This knowledge provided Dr. Carter with understanding into the compound nature of cardiac ion channel conditions, including the importance of environmental and individual factors on the progress and development of distinct disease entities as well as how social determinates of health are affected by the above factors. Dr. Carter has recently expanded his research interest to include how social determinates of health influence everyday lived experiences, e.g. genetics data use. In particular, he is interested in the advent of how genetic testing and personalized medicine affects those with limited access to this type of screening, e.g. medically marginalized patients. Coupled with barriers like the high cost of genetic testing impact on the marginalized individuals, raises questions as to how these patients will have fair and adequate access to these technologies. Understanding the dissemination of genetic testing to these vulnerable patients and families is essential as personalized medicine continues to prosper.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, 2015 (University of California, San Francisco)
    • Dissertation Title: “Electrocardiographic and Genetic Idiosyncrasies and their Implications for Heart Transplantation”
  • Master of Science (Cardiogenomics), 2008 (University of California, San Francisco)
    • Major in Nursing Cardiogenetics
    • Minor in Nursing Education
  • Board of Registered Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, APRN, current since 2008 (CA, MI)
  • Board of Registered Nursing, Registered Nurse, RN current since 1990 (CA, MI)
  • Public Health Certification, current since 1990 (CA)
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification, current since 1992 (AACN)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (Cardiogenomics), current since 2008 (CA, AACN)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification, 2014 (CA, MI, AACN)
  • Basic Cardiovascular Life Support (BCLS), certification current since 1990
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, certification 1992
  • Emergency Neurological Life support certification, 2016


Research Interests

Cardiac ion channelopathies, genetics, epigenetics electrocardiography, heart transplantation, gene-environment interactions, electrocardiography, cardiac surgery, cardiac transplant, genomics, cardiac genotypes, cardiac phenotypes, cardiac rhythms, sudden cardiac death, health compliance, health adherence, cardiac epidemiology, cardiac research, cardiac ion channelopathy, social determinates of health, social justice and diversity.

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

electrocardiography, channelopathies, genomics, genetics, critical care, heart failure, heart transplantation

Selected Publications

Hickey, K.T., Sciacca, R.R., Chen, B., Drew, B., Castillo, C., Pickham, D., Carter, E.V., Castillo, C., & Doering, L.V. (2018). Electrocardiographic correlates of acute allograft rejection among heart transplant recipients. American Journal of Critical Care, 27:145-150). doi: 10.4037/ajcc2018862

Hickey, K.T., Doering, L.V., Chen, B., Carter, E.V., Sciacca, R.R., Pickham, D., Castillo, C., Hauser, N.R., & Drew, B. (2017). Clinical and gender differences in heart transplant recipients in the NEW HEART study. Eur J Cardiovasc Nursing, Mar; 16(3):222-229. PMID: 27189203.

Hickey, K.T., Sciacca, R.R., Carter, E.V., Castillo, C., Chen, B., Doering, L.V., Pickham, D., & Drew, B.J. (2016). QTc Prolongation May Be a Late Biomarker of Orthotopic Heart Transplantation (OHT) Rejection. J Electrocardiol, Nov - Dec; 49(6):928-929. PMID: 27968785. 

Carter, E.V., Hickey, K.T., Pickham, D.M., Doering, L.V., Chen, B., Harris, P.R., & Drew, B.J. (2012). Feasibility and compliance with daily home electrocardiogram monitoring of the QT interval in heart transplant recipients. Heart Lung, Jul-Aug; 41(4):368-73. PMID: 22459508; PMCID: PMC3387335.

Honors and Awards

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Educational Advancement Scholarship, 2006- 2007, 2007-2008
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing/ California Endowment (AACN/CE) Minority Faculty Scholarship, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • UCSF School of Nursing (SON) Dean’s Fellowship, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • SON Travel Award, 2009-2010
  • CTSI NIH Fellow-TL1, 2010-2011
  • Hubert Bell Alan Scholarship, 2012-2013

Courses Taught

  • NUR 3010 Restorative Care of Adults and Elders with Acute Illness
  • NUR 4040 Leadership and Management in Nursing
  • NUR 5993 Writing Intensive

Destination Statement

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to my fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Etienne de Grellet

Populations of interests

underserved, heart failure

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