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Debra L. Carter, MD

Executive Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Clinical Affairs

Primary Care, General Pediatrics

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Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Primary Care
General Pediatrics
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LVHN Affiliates
Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital
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Dr. Carter's Locations

less than  km

Conditions Dr. Carter Treats

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Asthma in Children
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Constipation
  • Croup
  • Fifth Disease
  • Growth Problems
  • Infant Reflux
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Nightmares and Night Terrors
  • Obesity
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection)
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Pediatric Diseases
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pneumonia
  • Puberty Problems
  • Rash
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Ringworm
  • Sever's Disease
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Warts
  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Services Dr. Carter Offers

About Dr. Carter

Philosophy of care

I view parents as my primary resource for information about their child. I look to parents to provide as much information as possible so that I can treat their child in the most appropriate and effective manner. I like to get to know parents on a more personal basis so I can help them with a wider variety of issues - from behavior problems to social difficulties to medical issues. One of my favorite little poems (unknown author) summarizes my philosophy on children: When a child speaks, listen. When a child laughs, smile. When a child dreams, believe. When a child hurts, heal. I help with the last part.

Why I entered medicine

I've always enjoyed children and have been fascinated by the stages of development. In sixth grade, we were assigned to interview someone in a profession that interested us. I did my “career report” on a pediatrician and ever since then, I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician.

Community involvement

I volunteer as the health care consultant for the Children's Early Care and Education Center, the daycare center for the children of Lehigh Valley Health Network's employees. I also participate in community fundraising events such as the Women's 5K Classic.

Personal interests

My passion is spending time being a mom. I have three sons, and vacations at the beach rank as #1 on our "favorite family activities" list. We also like to play baseball and basketball, hike, cook together, and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy lap swimming, biking, and running to help keep me in shape!


University of Maryland, BS- Bachelor of Science, 1990

Medical Training
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD - Doctor of Medicine, 1994


Residency 1995
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Residency 1996
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Residency 1997
Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD


American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics

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