Daniel Carter


Daniel Carter brings 20+ years of expert knowledge to the healthcare consulting industry, and has served in a key leadership role at Ascendient for the past decade. At Ascendient, his primary responsibilities include strategic planning, medical staff development planning, public health planning, community health needs assessments, and business planning. Daniel has extensive experience and expertise in regulatory compliance, especially Certificate of Need (CON) application development and analysis, and serves as an expert legal witness in this area. His expertise is regularly tapped as an advisor on critical regulation and policy change proposals and petitions, and as a speaker on pressing healthcare delivery issues, related strategies and best practices.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, Daniel earned his Master of Business Administration with a Certificate in Finance from East Carolina University. He serves as adjunct assistant professor in healthcare strategic planning and marketing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is a frequent guest lecturer at institutions such as the University of Alabama, Furman University, and East Carolina University.

  • The Maryland Fixed Payment Model
  • Physician/Provider Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Healthcare Industry Trends
  • Community Health Needs Assessments
  • Merger, Acquisition and Affiliation: Trends, Benefits and Consequences

Ascendient’s experts regularly speak to audiences of executive and Board leadership of health systems, hospitals, post-acute providers, medical groups, and health departments, as well as associations and national conferences.

  • “Observations on Women in Healthcare Leadership.” Invited Speaker. 2018 HPM Women in Healthcare Leadership Symposium, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, January 26, 2018.
  • “The Maryland Model – Strategic Considerations for a Fixed Payment System.” Webinar. North Carolina Hospital Association, October 8, 2015.
  • “Consolidation in Healthcare.” Guest Lecture. The University of Alabama, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, “Survey of Issues in Health Care Management,” Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 29, 2012.
  • “Community Health Needs Assessment: Why Just Checking the Box Isn’t Enough.” Invited Speaker. Carolinas Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 2012.
  • “A View from the Health Planner’s Perspective.” Invited Speaker. Third Southeastern Health Planning Symposium, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 2010.