Desiree Morrell Carter, M.D. is on the front lines of the mental health crisis in New Orleans. She treats mental health patients in the Emergency Room of University Medical Center.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Desiree graduated from McMain High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. She graduated from LSU Medical School and completed her Residency in Psychiatric Medicine at Charity Hospital of New Orleans.

“Psychiatry is the core of a lot of what goes on in our community, so I see those who are psychotic, suicidal, want to hurt someone, hurt themselves and for substance abuse,” said Desiree, who is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the LSU Health Science Center.

Desiree has maintained a clinical practice since 2011, seeing patients for  mental health disorders and managing their medications.

Desiree also specializes in psychiatric telemedicine, treating patients remotely with the use of developing technology and in coordination with LSU and local medical staff in Livingston, Tangipahoa and Terrebonne Parishes.

“The demand for Psychiatric Telemedicine is huge and I’m happy to provide service to people that otherwise couldn’t get it,” she said. “At one point, my schedule was filled for the entire year. These outlying parishes have state-run facilities, but maybe only one for three parishes, and that’s not enough. Mental health services are in great need in this State, so technology is a benefit.”

Desiree Morrell Carter is married to Louisiana State Representative Gary Carter, Jr and the mother of Theresa, Gary III and Daniel. She is also a co-founder of the Carter Morrell Foundation and a Member of the Links Incorporated.

Louisiana State Representative Gary Carter, Jr 

Louisiana State Representative Gary Carter, Jr 

About Desiree Morrell Carter, MD

Desiree Morrell Carter, MD