Dr. Ryan Carter, DPM

Updated 4/24/2019
Dr. Ryan Carter, Foot and Ankle Specialist, University Foot and Ankle Institute

Dr. Ryan Carter was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He was raised in a sports family, spending many hours on the practice fields, running on the track, or at professional sporting events. Despite his love for sports, he excelled in the classroom and always enjoyed anatomy and science. He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology. During his time in Columbia he played on the men’s lacrosse team and was captain during his senior year.


He then moved to Glendale, Arizona where he received his medical degree at Midwestern University Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine. While attending school, he was the President of the Midwestern University student chapter of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.


Dr. Carter then completed a three year surgical residency at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California. He received comprehensive training in all aspects of the foot and ankle, including forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive surgery, limb salvage, and traumatology. He served as chief resident during his final year of residency.


Upon completing residency, Dr. Carter received an additional year of training at the Silicon Valley Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Fellowship with Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View, California. During his time there he continued to train in sports medicine, arthroscopy, foot and ankle trauma, minimally invasive surgery, and total ankle replacement.


When not working he enjoys watching football and basketball as well as professional and international soccer. He also enjoys running and looks forward to spending time relaxing in the sun or with his 10 year old corgi Kobe.


Podiatrist Dr. Ryan Carter is available for consultation at our Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica offices.


63 Total 1st Party Reviews
4.9 out of 5 Stars
  • GatherUp
    every thing was above average.
    Teri K.
  • GatherUp
    Everyone was excellent, they took care of my foot problem and explaind my issue thoroughly.
    Daniel J.
  • GatherUp
    Dr Carter is very kind, he makes sure you are well informed and understand what he’s saying. He’s very companionate. The office...
    Luke D.
  • GatherUp
    Dr. Ryan Carter is great! He previously treated me at the Santa Monica office, so I was thrilled to learn that he also treats p...
    Sergio D.
  • GatherUp
    The staff was very nice and Dr. Carter was great
    Irene K.
  • GatherUp
    Good staff!
    Joakim J.
  • GatherUp
    Dr. Carter was great and so was his assistant Samantha, Thank you guys very much
    Markus H.
  • GatherUp
    all good..Dr Carter is a great doctor...keep up the great work
    Joseph G.
  • GatherUp
    Prompt service, great front office staff, excellent doctor care; felt taken care of.
    Kirstin M.
  • GatherUp
    Doctor Carter and staff are great!
    Alex A.




Karen, Dr. Ryan's patient, discusses her Achilles reconstruction surgery and experience at UFAI.

University Foot and Ankle Institute

Santa Monica, CA
August 2017 – Present


UCLA Santa Monica Hospital

Santa Monica, CA
August 2017 – Present

Provisional privileges


Good Samaritan Hospital

Los Angeles, CA
February 2018 – Present

Provisional privileges


Providence St. John’s Health Center

Santa Monica, CA

March 2018 – Present

Provisional privileges


St. Vincent Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

February 2018 – Present

Provisional privileges




Silicon Valley Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Mountain View, CA

August 2016 – July 2017


  • One year surgical fellowship with exposure to trauma, sports medicine, reconstruction, arthroscopy, and total ankle replacement.
  • Active privileges with ED and hospital call at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA.
  • Fellow driven experience with hospital, clinical, surgical and post-operative patients.


Kaiser South Bay Consortium, PMSR/RRA

Santa Clara, CA
July 2013 – July 2016


  • Three year foot and ankle surgical residency with comprehensive training in the clinical, medical, and surgical evaluation and management of leg, foot and ankle pathologies including traumatology
  • Chief Resident 2015-2016
  • Institutional Graduate Medical Education Committee
  • Podiatric Representative


Midwestern University, Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine

Glendale, AZ

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

August 2009 - June 2013

President, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine


University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Team Captain, Men’s Lacrosse Team




  • Arthrex West Coast Foot and Ankle Summit

    August 2018
  • Wright Total Ankle Surgical Training

    Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2018
  • Stryker STAR Total Ankle Replacement Training,

    Mountain View, CA
    June 2017
  • Arthrex Surgical Podiatry Fellowship Forum

    Naples, FL
    April 2017
  • Fellowship Sonoma Fibulock Course

    Las Vegas, NV
    October 2016ACFAS
  • Arthroscopy Course

    Chicago, IL
    August 2015
  • AAFAO Advanced Techniques in Skeletal Fixation of the Foot and Ankle

    Memphis, TN
    March 2015
  • AAFAO Comprehensive Course of Internal Fixation for Reconstructive Surgery and Trauma of the Foot and Ankle,

    Memphis, TN
    April 2014



  • Surgical Treatment of Lisfranc Injury With Plantar Plate Approach
    The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, 57 (2018), 794-800
  • Titanium Scaffolding: An Innovative Modality for Salvage of Failed First Ray Procedures
    The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery, 57 (2018), 593-599
  • Presentation at Western Foot and Ankle Conference (2017)
    The Kaiser Permanente Research Symposium (2017)
  • Expert Insights On Treatment Options For Cystic Lesions of The Talus
    Podiatry Today, Volume 31, Issue 1, January 2018
  • Association Between Anterior Tibialis Tendon Rupture To Age, Sex, Weight, Medical Comorbidities, and Trends in Management IRB Approved,

    Principal Investigator: Dung Bui, DPM

    Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA
  • ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Poster Exhibit
  • Outcomes of Hindfoot Arthrodesis Supplemented with Bioactive Glass: A Retrospective Radiographic Study

    Principal Investigator: Glenn Weinraub, DPM

    Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, CA
  • ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference Exhibit
  • Closed Rupture of Tibialis Anterior Tendon - A Report of 5 Case
    ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference



  • California Board of Podiatric Medicine: Permanent License Active

  • American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery Board Qualified Active
  • Fluoroscopy License Active
  • DEA License ActiveACLS/BLS Active
  • Stryker STAR Total Ankle Replacement Certificate
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Associate




  • Kaiser Permanente Vietnam Project
    Orthopedic Medical Mission
    Da Nang, Vietnam
    May 2015

  • AAPSM Monthly Foot Screenings at Runners Den
    Coordinator and participant

    Phoenix, AZ

    2010 - 2011

  • Javelina Jundred Medical Tents
    Co-coordinator and participant
    Fountain Valley, AZ
    2010 - 2011




  • Football
  • Running
  • Liverpool Football Club
  • Photography
  • Corgi Dogs!


Yelp Patient Reviews, in their own words...

The following five star Yelp review was posted by University Foot and Ankle patient, Laura:

5 Star Yelp review, University Foot and Ankle Institute

My son had a recent surgery there and I cant say enough about the level of professionalism and client service. The Doctor (Dr. Carter) was incredibly knowledgeable, kind and his response time to questions was faster than any other Doctor we have dealt with. He was extremely kind and patient with my son who has a rare neurological disability which makes it difficult to communicate with him.


Dr. Carter was flawless and worked with my son to make him comfortable. Everyone in the office who I encountered was kind, professional and patient with my many questions. I highly recommend them. Five star service!


Click here to see Laura's review on Yelp.com.