Dr. Parker is a Missouri native who obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated with a B.A. from the honors program in Biology. He remained in Columbia where he attended medical school at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Upon finishing medical school, Dr. Parker completed a one year internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia/Harry S. Truman Veterans Administration Hospital. He then moved to Springfield, Illinois where he performed a one year fellowship in spine surgery and rehabilitation at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Dr. Parker returned to Columbia, Missouri in 1995 and entered into private practice specializing in treating patients with diseases and other problems of the neck or spinal column. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery with the University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Parker joined Columbia Orthopaedic Group in 2005 remaining specialized in providing spine care. He understands that having a spinal problem can be distressing and he works hard with patients to alleviate fear and stress by providing education and a variety of treatment options. He has a conservative approach to spinal care and strives to avoid surgery. When surgery is necessary, his practice is oriented toward a minimally invasive approach which allows for shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery from surgery.
Dr. Parker is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, North American Spine Society, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is active in research with multiple studies currently in progress and was the principle investigator of Duragen Plus Adhesion Study and was also an investigator in cervical disc replacement multi-center study.
Other individuals working directly on Dr. Parker’s team are orthopaedic assistant, Julie Walker, and administrative assistant, Brenda Sells.
Dr. Parker and his wife have three children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children (Molly, Jack, and Lewis) as well as fishing, playing golf and biking.