Jacksonville, Florida




The collaborative research interests of Rickey E. Carter, Ph.D., are in the areas of cardiology, diabetes, radiology, health care delivery and translational science. He actively researches new approaches to the design and analysis of research studies from a statistical perspective. Recently, his interests are extending into digital health through the development and testing of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

Focus areas

  • Convalescent plasma
  • Diagnostic accuracy of imaging devices
  • Computerized tomography dose reduction
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Statistical methodology research
  • AI

Significance to patient care

Dr. Carter leads a team composed of talented statisticians across Mayo Clinic to study the safety and preliminary efficacy signals of convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19. This work contributed directly to the emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma in August 2020. The work on convalescent plasma was monumental, as the efforts led to the enrollment and follow-up of nearly 100,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across all 50 states and outlying U.S. territories.

Through collaboration with Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiology, Dr. Carter is helping to test novel approaches to produce high-quality images while minimizing risks such as radiation exposure. In addition, Dr. Carter works with interventional radiologists to test whether image-guided therapies are safe and effective for the treatment of patients.

Dr. Carter leads the Digital Innovation Laboratory at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. This dry lab is a machine learning shared resource that engages in activities ranging from using electrocardiogram for the detection of cardiovascular diseases to performing work-design and unsupervised-image segmentation for high-resolution digital representations of tissue samples. The goal of Dr. Carter's lab is to help accelerate discovery and improve care by providing new tools to aid front-line health care providers.

Professional highlights

  • Statistics editor, European Heart Journal, 2013-present.
  • Team Science Award, Artificial Intelligence Electrocardiogram team, Mayo Clinic, 2023.
  • President, Association for Clinical and Translational Statisticians, 2018-2019.
  • Recipient, Team Science Award, Mayo Clinic, 2018.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Clinical Trials and Biostatistics, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Informatics

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Biostatistics


  1. Ph.D. - Biostatistics Medical University of South Carolina
  2. BS - Mathematics Winthrop University

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