Dr. Parker is Acting Chairman of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. He maintains faculty positions as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In his role as professor, he is responsible for teaching medical students and residents compassionate care and the latest advances in surgery. Recently, Dr. Parker was awarded the prestigious Theodore Kocher Award by the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Chief Residents “given for meticulous surgical technique and outstanding clinical judgment” and the volunteer faculty award for teaching Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson medical students.
Dr. Parker specializes in the most advanced minimally invasive approach to patients with colon and rectal disease. Laparoscopy and open colorectal surgery is used for the treatment of colon and rectal cancer, benign polyps, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease. He uses both medical and surgical techniques in the management of hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence and other anal rectal diseases. Colonoscopy is performed for screening, diagnosis and therapy in the evaluation of the colon and rectum.
Dr. Parker is currently developing the first robotics program in the region for colon and rectal surgery to provide the best possible surgical outcome for patients. He has been recognized for his abilities in minimally invasive-laparoscopic surgery and was selected to teach both nationally and internationally. Consumers’ Research Council of America has named Dr. Parker one of America’s Top Surgeons for the past three years and Top Doctor in New Jersey for the last three years.
His college education was at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey -George H. Cook Honors Program, New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating Cum Laude. This was followed by a medical degree from UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson, Piscataway, New Jersey. General Surgical training as a Resident and Chief Resident was obtained at the State University of New York-Kings County located in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Parker then went on to expand his expertise in Colon and Rectal Surgery as a fellow at Saint Francis Medical Center- University of Connecticut School of Medicine in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Dr. Parker is board certified as a diplomat and fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is on numerous hospital committees helping to define best practices and advisory panels for private industry to develop state of the art medical products. Dr. Parker was instrumental in the development of a stapling device to aid patients with rectal cancer to avoid a colostomy. Current research projects include; sealing gastrointestinal anastomosis, post-operative pain management and intra-peritoneal chemotherapy to improve patient outcome.