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In Focus with Dr. Marty Carr


Day to day: He’s served on the Methodist Healthcare Foundation board for about five years. He currently serves as Medical Director for the emergency departments (EDs) at all Methodist hospital locations. 

Delta wisdom: He was born at Methodist Healthcare and grew up in Greenville, Miss., where his family moved when he was five. “I haven’t travelled far.”  While his youth was spent south of here, Memphis always held a special place for him. “There’s a saying in the Delta—when you die, you go to heaven, and if you were really good, you get to come through Memphis on the way.” 

Curriculum vitae:  He studied biology at Christian Brothers College and attended Medical School at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, completing a residency in Internal Medicine. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, he practiced for three years in Tupelo before moving to Memphis, where he practiced at both Methodist Healthcare and Baptist Memorial Healthcare. 

Need for speed: When he became less interested in Internal Medicine, he re-trained and became board certified in Emergency Medicine. “I was an adrenaline junkie back then. I got to do a lot more procedures than I did as an internist.” He worked in the EDs at Methodist South Hospital, at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and at Baptist and has been at Methodist full-time since 1986. He became Medical Director for the EDs at Methodist North and Methodist South hospitals in 1992 and took over as Medical Director over all Methodist Healthcare emergency departments in 2005. 

The ED challenge: In addition to the adrenaline, he’s drawn to the challenge of putting together an emergency department team. “It’s kind of like putting together a Boy Scout troop. You state your vision, give everybody a chance to discuss it and hopefully buy in. And then you say, ‘You guys lead the way.’” 

Points of pride: “Methodist EDs led the way in converting to electronic records and orders. When I go to national meetings and see that we’re so far ahead of almost everyone else, it’s very gratifying. I’m also very proud of our chest pain program. A patient comes in with chest pain symptoms and they’re having their coronary artery opened in 70 minutes or less. We’re doing the same thing with acute strokes.” 

Foundation fan:  He serves on the Methodist Healthcare Foundation board because “it supports Methodist. I am very pleased with the things that they do—especially The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center of Memphis and the Methodist Hospice Residence. They both are providing and will provide something for people that has been lacking in Memphis.” 

The bottom line: “Methodist is THE hospital for Memphis. They’re not discerning about whether a patient can pay or not. They take care of the patient first. And Gary Shorb is great to work for. He’s a visionary and he’s why I’m still here.” 

The other bottom line: “Methodist is a great place to work. I’ve been able to give back to Methodist some of what they’ve given me. And the Methodist Foundation continues to give back to Memphis.”