In his role, Dr. Parker will oversee the overall effectiveness, leadership, strategic direction, structure and management of the medical components of hospice and palliative care at Nathan Adelson Hospice. He will provide medical direction and support to the members of the hospice interdisciplinary team to assure that patients and families receive the highest quality end-of-life care. Additionally, he will provide education to community physicians and others engaged in the care of terminally ill patients on the principles of palliative medicine and on the health care services provided by the hospice program.
Prior to his position with the Las Vegas-based hospice, Dr. Parker was the Medical Director of Hospice, Palliative Care & Home Health at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Most recently, he was the Medical Director at Hospice of Yuma in Arizona.
Dr. Parker completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. He earned his M.D. from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA, where he served as co-chief resident his third year of residency. He later earned a master’s degree in Health Administration, with a specialization in Health Care Ethics, at St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 2014.
Dr. Parker holds memberships in several organizations, including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and previously served on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Education Committee. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.
The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.