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Minimally Invasive Surgery, including daVinci Robotic Surgery

Susan Carter,  MD, FACOG, FACS

Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) have become the mainstream in operating rooms across the United States. The field of gynecologic surgery has embraced advancements in technology, such as daVinci Robotic Surgery, as minimally invasive gynecology (MIG) is considered preferable within the specialty. Dr. Carter utilizes 3D, HD technology that allows for precision and accuracy. Also, this small-incision surgery results in far quicker healing and a great reduction in discomfort to the patient. 

Dr. Carter pioneered minimally invasive surgery with the laparoscope in the 1980's. She performed the first excision of Fallopian tube, ovary, and appendix in the region. Since that time she has developed and taught numerous advanced techniques to many other surgeons. In 2013 Dr. Carter began performing single-site Robotic surgery and is enthusiastic about the benefits of this procedure. She has been active in organizations such as AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) , AIMIS (American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery), AIMIS Women's Surgical Leadership Initiative, and Women Surgeons Community of the American College of Surgeons.

She is a 2-time recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award and has received Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University of Colorado Denver Medical School.

Dr. Carter is on Active Staff at the following hospitals:

  • UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital- Fort Collins, CO
  • UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies - Loveland, CO
  • North Colorado Medical Center - Greeley, CO


Integrative Medicine/ Exercise is Medicine

The "Exercise is Medicine" initiative has a distinct goal: To make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm in the United States. Dr. Carter is very proud to be a certified provider for this "whole body" approach. Besides ABOG board certification, she is also boarded in Integrative Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has been a consultant for the International Olympic Committee regarding numerous women athlete issues.

Physical activity should be considered by all health care providers as a vital sign in every patient visit.  In addition, patients should be effectively counseled as to their physical activity and health needs, thus leading to overall improvement in the public's health and long-term reduction in health care cost. Click here to read more.


Integrative Oncology/Cancer Rehabilitation

Also Board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, Dr. Carter is a member of the Society of Integrative Oncology, and helps cancer patients feel better during and after their treatments. She founded Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute at her office in NCMC in 1996, and has continually seen and treated patients since that time. This first-of-its-kind clinical program has earned international acclaim; she appeared on a segment about cancer, exercise and fatigue on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw in 2000. She co-authored the textbook "Exercise and Cancer Recovery" in 2002. Dr. Carter has lectured extensively on aspects of cancer and exercise worldwide, during 2008-2013 she traveled to speak in Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, South Africa and Switzerland. ACSM has included cancer as one of the diseases under the Exercise is Medicine initiative, the topic of many of Dr. Carter's speaking engagements.  Click here for more information.