Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Department of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology
Parker’s clinical focuses stem from his background and personal interests. He trained with a number of prominent laryngologists, sleep surgeons, and endocrine surgeons during residency, then with several renowned laryngeal and airway surgeons during fellowship at Harvard. Dr. Parker is at the forefront of care for voice and swallowing, breathing and sleep, and thyroid and parathyroid disorders. He has close relationships with many other specialists, including otolaryngologists, speech pathologists, endocrinologists, allergists, pulmonologists, sleep specialists, gastroenterologists, general surgeons, and primary care providers throughout the state and region due to his clinical work, research, and leadership. Dr. Parker joined and helped to grow the first laryngology center in Indiana, has brought a number of novel techniques to Indiana, and is one of the founders of the IU Upper Airway Stimulation program, the first multi-disciplinary program in Indiana offering the Inspire implant.
Dr. Parkers research endeavors began during his undergraduate training, including translational and clinical research projects presented at national meetings and published in various medical journals. Some of his projects have included optimizing voice surgery, oncologic outcomes in laryngeal cancer and dysplasia, management of upper airway stenosis, functional outcomes for patients with Zenker's diverticuli, et al. He is also part of an international multi-site study looking at outcomes following upper airway stimulation surgery for sleep apnea. Dr. Parker is a reviewer for several of the most prominent journals in the otolaryngology field, providing critical evaluation and helping to determine academic merit. He has served in a variety of leadership roles through committee work in professional societies. He is the current president of the Indiana Society of Otorhinolaryngology. He gives regular lectures and is an associate professor at Indiana University.
Dr. Parker is originally from Long Beach, CA, but has spent time in much of the country during his life. He and his wife met during college in Chapel Hill, NC. They are glad that their love of the 'Tar Heels' has been reasonably well received in Indiana! They first ventured out together when his wife began her graduate work in physical therapy in Chicago. As a couple, they have been fortunate to be able to not only pursue their own professional goals, but also to truly enjoy the places their careers have taken them, including stents in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Boston. They came to Indiana to purse a wonderful work opportunity and to be close to family. The Parker’s live on the Northside of Indianapolis with their 3 daughters and labrador retriever. They are fortunate to have a wonderful large family in the Indy area and love being a part of the the Central Indiana community. Dr. Parker loves music, sports, and enjoying time with friends and family.