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Peter W. Carmel, MD

Peter W. Carmel, MD

Dr. Peter Carmel obtained his medical training at the New York University School of Medicine, and, following an internship, was a research associate at the National Institutes of Health. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University. He obtained a Doctor of Medical Science degree in Neuroanatomy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A faculty member in the department of neurosurgery at Columbia University for 25 years, Dr. Carmel was the founding Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and was a Professor of Neurological Surgery.

In 1994, Dr. Carmel moved to the New Jersey Medical School, where he is currently the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Co-medical Director of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. He operates at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.

A committed researcher and advocate for neurological research, Dr. Carmel served as vice chair and Chairman of the National Coalition for Research in Neurological Disease and Strokes, and subsequently as Chair of the National Foundation for Brain Research. In this capacity he helped the Honorable Silvio Conte launch the Decade of the Brain initiative in U.S. Congress. This initiative raised millions of dollars in new research money for neurological diseases and stroke.

Dr. Carmel has been a productive researcher. He founded the Neuro-Endocrine Laboratory in the Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1969. This laboratory has been continuously funded for 33 years. Dr. Carmel has authored or co-authored almost 100 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous chapters and monographs.

Dr. Carmel has served in numerous positions in organized neurosurgery, and has held a number of significant offices in both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He had been the delegate to the AMA from the CNS.

Dr. Carmel was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees in June 2002 and appointed as President-elect of the AMA in 2010. A member of the AMA House of delegates for 18 years, Dr. Carmel served on the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development from 1994 to 2002, and was its chair from 2000 to 2001. During his tenure, the council originated the Section for International Medical Graduates and established proportional representation for specialty society members. Under his chairmanship the Specialty and Service Society (SSS) was transformed from an informal caucus to an official element of the AMA. He served SSS as chair-elect, chair and past-chair from 1991 to 1994.

Since joining the AMA Board of Trustees Dr. Carmel has been active in its patient safety efforts. He has worked with Don Berwick’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and has been central to the AMA’s support of the “100,000 Lives” initiative. He serves on the AMA’s Task Force on Quality and Patient Safety, and has been active in the Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement. He has served on the Board of the AMA Foundation since 2004.