Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Stephen Parker, MD, MPH

GHP Graduate

Neurosurgery

Duke University, Department of Neurosurgery

Summary

Dr Stephen Parker completed the Global Health-Neurosurgery Residency Pathway in 2011 and is currently practicing in Florida. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Purdue University. He completed his MD at Indiana University and Neurosurgery Residency at Duke University Medical Center. As part of the Global Health Residency, Dr Parker earned a Master’s in Public Health with a Certificate in Global Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr Parker’s earliest exposures to global medicine were during medical school and residency where he served as a student, research assistant and neurosurgeon in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The culmination of his initial experiences led to his involvement in the Duke Medicine in Uganda program which has recently begun the first neurosurgery residency training program in Uganda. Moved by the large burden of both acute and chronic neurosurgical illnesses he encountered in East Africa, he decided to pursue the Global Health Residency Pathway in addition to his neurosurgery training.

Dr Parker seeks to improve the health of the disadvantaged by developing skills as a clinical researcher in the epidemiology and treatment of traumatic brain injury and neurosurgical diseases in the developing world.

Representative publications:

  • Parker SR, Harris P, Cummings TJ, George T, Fuchs H, Grant G. Complications Following Decompression of Chiari Malformation Type I in Children: Dural Graft or Sealant? Clinical Article. J. Neurosurg. Pediatr. 2011;8(2):177-183.
  • Haglund MM, Kiryabwire J, Parker S, Zomorodi A, MacLeod D, Schroeder R, Muhumuza M, Merson M. Surgical capacity building in Uganda through twinning, technology, and training camps. World J Surg. 2011 Jun; 35(6):1175-82.
  • Shamji MF, Parker S, Cook C, Pietrobon R, Brown C, Isaacs RE. Impact of Body Habitus on Perioperative Morbidity Associated with Fusion of the Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Spine. Neurosurgery. 2009;65(3):490-498.
  • Purandare KN, Wagle AC, Parker SR. Psychiatric Morbidity in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. QJM - Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians. 1999;92(5):283-286.