John T. Carpenter, MD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company:  University of Alabama
Location:  Birmingham, Alabama, United States

John T. Carpenter, MD, Professor Emeritus for the University of Alabama, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine.

Regarded as a diplomate of the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Dr. Carpenter shares his advice with emerging professionals in his field: listen well, treat people as individuals and provide customized care. By taking this approach for more than four decades, Dr. Carpenter has met with tremendous success in his career. A great point of pride for him is the work that he has done leading the development of new and better treatments to allow patients to better metabolize drugs. He performed this research in 1988 and called it pharmacogenetics. Today, it is internationally recognized as its own field of medicine. Dr. Carpenter has published 62 articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topic and he has been the recipient of much praise and recognition from prominent organizations. That said, when asked of the most gratifying part of his profession, Dr. Carpenter notes that while his achievements in research have been highlights of his career, it is the personal patient care that is the greatest overarching joy that his career has brought to him.

Now retired, Dr. Carpenter was a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, for nearly three decades. He came to this role after progressing through the ranks within the university from assistant professor of medicine to associate professor of medicine throughout the 1970s and 1980s. At the same time, he has held additional roles within his industry. He was a professor of clinical oncology for the American Cancer Society, a member of the American Cancer Society’s clinical fellowship committee, chair of the breast cancer committee for the Southeastern Cancer Study Group, member of the oncologic drugs advisory committee for the FDA, and member of the UAB Institutional Review Board for Human Use. In recognition of his professional excellence, Dr. Carpenter was the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UAB and an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award. In addition, he was selected as a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Carpenter has had a passion for medicine since he was a teenager. In short, he wanted to help others and felt the best way to directly improve someone’s life was through working as a physician. To prepare for his career, he pursued his education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 followed by an MD from Tulane University in 1968. Through his medical education, Dr. Carpenter chose the subspecialty of oncology and succeeded in this area for many years. A member of the American Society for Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology, Dr. Carpenter intends to enjoy his retirement in the years to come while taking on passion projects inside and outside of the medical field.

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