Dr. Carpenter earned her Ph.D. in Physiology from Penn State University in 1981 and her medical degree from George Washington University in 1989. She is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. She was a member of the US Air Force and was the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center until joining UT Health San Antonio faculty in 2002. Dr. Carpenter is predominantly an adult cardiac surgeon and her interests include aortic root and arch reconstruction, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), and advances in technology for the future of thoracic surgery.
Dr. Carpenter is currently the program director for the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program and is a national leader in curriculum development for the 6-year Integrated Thoracic Surgery Residency. Dr. Carpenter serves on the ACGME Thoracic Surgery Milestones committee and is committed to the development of competency based medical education.