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Morrell Carter a Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year

Desiree Morrell Carter, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, was recognized at the annual CityBusiness Women of the Year luncheon on November 3, as a member of the 2016 class of honorees.

According to New Orleans CityBusiness, Women of the Year recognizes 50 women from the area whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region. Honorees are innovative leaders who are making waves with their energy, ideas, achievements and commitment to excellence in the area. Honorees are selected based on business and community involvement and achievement that have set the pace for the overall community.

Morrell Carter is a board-certified LSU Health psychiatrist who treats patients with emergent mental health needs in the Emergency Department at University Medical Center, as well as patients in rural areas of Terrebonne, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes through LSU Health New Orleans’ Telemedicine Program. She also educates LSU Health New Orleans medical students and helps train residents – the next generations of psychiatrists.

The need for mental health services has never been greater in our community and across the state, compounded by the numerous disasters over the last decade. “Serving the most vulnerable in our community is a challenge, but a pleasure,” says Morrell Carter.

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Dr. Desiree Morrell Carter with residents
Her service to the community extends to her time off. Morrell Carter is an active volunteer and a member Crescent City Links and the LSU Health New Orleans Women’s Affairs Committee, which provides health education outreach to the public.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by CityBusiness for doing what I love to do,” notes Morrell Carter.

A native New Orleanian who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, and a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, Morrell Carter is a Charity-Hospital trained graduate of LSU Health New Orleans-Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Program. She was named Mental Health Emergency Room Extension Resident of the Year and was a nominee for Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans resident of the year in 2008.
Louisiana State Representative Gary M. Carter, Jr., D--District 102 joined other family members, as well as LSU Health New Orleans Professor and Chair of Psychiatry Dr. Howard Osofsky and psychiatry residents at the luncheon to celebrate Carter Morrell’s latest honor.

To Carter Morrell, it is a shared honor. "Thank you to all of my Psychiatry and Emergency Department colleagues for all their support and guidance."

Rep. Carter, Dr. Morrell Carter, Dr. Howard Osofsky