Prince Frederick, MD – Calvert Hospice is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephanie B. Carpenter is our new Director of Medicine & Palliative Care.
Dr. Stephanie B. Carpenter is the Director of Medicine and Palliative Care for Calvert Hospice. She received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University, her Master of Science from the University of Rhode Island, and her Medical Degree from Howard University. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Indiana University and served as an Associate Professor at Indiana University – Methodist Hospital prior to relocating to the East Coast.
Dr. Carpenter worked for Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital where she was quickly promoted to Assistant Director of Hospitalist Medicine. Thereafter, she went on to become the Director of Hospitalist Medicine and Director of Palliative Care Medicine at Calvert Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Carpenter’s interest in Palliative Care and Hospice Medicine was sparked during her Medical School Education when African American reticence toward end of life discussions was explored. Throughout her training, she discovered that Physician education was lacking with regard to the end of life spectrum. Dr. Carpenter made it her mission to seek out opportunities to educate herself to ensure she was able to properly care for her patients throughout their lifetime and not just during manageable illness.
Dr. Carpenter has facilitated and implemented end of life education and training in Eldoret, Kenya, a community who previously had not spoken about death and dying. Today, practitioners are now having these discussions and assisting patients and families in navigating end of life decisions. Dr. Carpenter was recognized by her peers for her work at Southern Maryland Hospital and was sought out to assist other providers with complicated end of life cases. Currently she maintains her position at Calvert Memorial Hospital as the Director of Palliative Care Medicine.
In this position, she has the opportunity to educate Healthcare providers, families and patients on the benefits, appropriateness, and humanity of Palliative and Hospice Care.
Dr. Carpenter resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland with her husband James and their five year old daughter Zaria.