Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgeon
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Certification & Training
Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology
Fellowship: Laryngology, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Residency: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota
Medical Degree: Rush Medical College
Undergraduate Degrees: English & Spanish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Parker’s clinical focus is fostered by his training with world-renowned specialists and the patients he has helped in his own practice. His fellowship training with a pioneer of laryngeal surgery, Dr. Steven Zeitels, has led to an extensive experience with nuanced technologies, such as the photoangiolytic (KTP) laser, and intricate technical procedures, such as voice preserving surgery for cancer, phonomicrosurgery, voice restoration surgery, and office-based laryngeal surgery for professional and non-professional voice users. Many of the patient’s treated by Dr. Parker have benign laryngeal growths, laryngeal papilloma, pre-cancer and cancer of the larynx, and swallowing problems such as Zenker’s diverticuli. Meanwhile, a significant number of Dr. Parker’s patients with voice problems are professional voice users, including singers, lecturers, teachers, etc. Dr. Parker has benefitted from training with the father of botulinum toxin (Botox) use in the head and neck, Dr. Andrew Blitzer, allowing for expert care of his patients with spasmodic dysphonia, oromandibular dystonia, vocal tremor, and voice disorders related to other neurological conditions. Finally, Dr. Parker’s training in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital allows for unsurpassed surgical management for his patients with airway stenosis and breathing problems of the larynx.
Another area of focus for Dr. Parker is in the surgical management of snoring and sleep apnea. Through his clinical training and own experience, Dr. Parker has developed a passion for giving patients with sleep apnea options when CPAP and/or oral appliances are poorly tolerated. He also offers a number of solutions to patients with snoring, a problem that often goes untreated altogether. He has teamed with many of the sleep medicine specialists ( doctors who treat many sleep disorders, not just sleep apnea and snoring, but are not surgeons) in Central Indiana and beyond and is the sleep surgeon for Indiana University. Dr. Parker is involved nationally in groups aiming at optimizing the surgical management of sleep apnea and is the first surgeon to perform the hypoglossal nerve stimulator at Indiana University. He offers a complete spectrum of options to patients, including nasal surgery, throat surgery, and the Inspire implant device.
Due to Dr. Parker’s focus on throat and neck disorders, he is also uniquely suited to surgically manage thyroid and parathyroid problems. Dr. Parker has teamed with many endocrinologists in the area to offer surgical solutions for problems such has primary hyperparathyroidism, thyroid cancer, and other disorders of the parathyroid and thyroid glands. Because of his particular expertise in laryngeal disorders, Dr. Parker can offer certain approaches that can optimize voice and swallowing outcomes, as well as endocrine ones, in ways that other surgeons cannot.
In addition to the focuses of laryngology, sleep surgery, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery, Dr. Parker has exceptional experience in all disorders within the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (also known as ENT, or Ear, Nose, and Throat), allowing for superlative care of:
- Sinus disorders, including chronic/recurrent sinus infections and nasal polyps
- Nasal obstruction, including septal deviation and turbinate hypertrophy
- Ear disorders, including hearing loss, ear drum perforations, and ear drainage
- Facial plastic surgery, including functional rhinoplasty, scar revision, Moh’s reconstruction, and cosmetic Botox
- Salivary gland disorders, including blocked salivary glands, salivary stones (sialolithiasis), and salivary gland tumor
Dr. Parker has been involved in research endeavors since his undergraduate training. His translational and clinical research projects have been presented at national meetings and published in various academic medical journals. Recent contributions include the optimizing outcomes in the treatment of laryngeal papilloma, outcomes for the hypoglossal nerve stimulator implant for obstruction sleep apnea, endoscopic management of Zenker’s diverticula, voice outcomes in patients treated for vocal cord paralysis, and endoscopic management of laryngotracheal stenosis. A number of clinical projects are currently underway at The Voice Clinic of Indiana in collaboration with both Purdue University and Indiana University.
Dr. Parker is a reviewer for 3 of the more prominent journals in the otolaryngology field, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and The Laryngoscope, which means that he provides critical evaluation of research articles to help determine their academic merit and candidacy for publication.
Dr. Parker has in several committees, including the Laryngology & Bronchoesophagology Education Committee, Sleep Disorders Committee, and Airway and Swallowing Committee, through the the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has been involved in a number of educational initiatives through The Academy through his committee work in an effort to improve the knowledge base of both physicians and patients. Additionally, Dr. Parker enjoys his teaching and research affiliations through Indiana University, where he educates speech pathology students and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residents who will be the future of their respective specialties.
Awards & Honors
- Cochrane Scholar Award Grantee-American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, 2015
- Annual Guest Lecturer-99th Annual Anatomy & Histopathology of the Head, Neck and Temporal Bone Course, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Resident Leadership Grant, 2012
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Resident Leadership Grant, 2011
- Triological Society Resident Travel Award-2010
- 5M Lions Club Research Grant-Effects of GHK-Cu on the healing of irradiated tissue, 2010
- Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation Grant-Temporalis tendon transfer: anatomic considerations, 2010
- The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
- Melvin E. Sigel Resident Teaching Award, 2010
- Triological Society Resident Travel Award, 2008
- G. Howard Gottschalk MD Scholarship for Research and Clinical Excellence in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008
- Dean’s Fellowship for Research-Effects of epicatechin gallate on tracheal wound healing, 2005
- American Academy of Otolaryngology
- Triological Society
- American Bronchoesophagology Association
- International Surgical Sleep Society
More About Dr. Parker
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 undergraduate training in Chapel Hill, NC and first ventured out together as 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 and their wonderful family. The Parker’s live just north of Indianapolis with their 3 daughters and golden retriever. They are excited to spend more time with their extended family in the area and to join the central Indiana community.