Black History Month: Success Stories

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Dr. Michael L. Parks, MD  Orthopedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement

Dr. Michael L. Parks, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Hip and Knee Replacement

Nth Celebrates Black History Month

Dr. Parks led a clinical trial testing how the use of a shared decision-making tool affects the way that minority patients decide on knee pain treatment. While socioeconomic and racial disparities in healthcare are well known, how to address these issues is not well defined.

He is a former president of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He is also on the steering committee of the Movement is Life caucus, which is a multi-stakeholder group devoted to decreasing musculoskeletal health disparities.

Recognized for his expertise in numerous publications throughout his career, Dr. Parks received top doctor rankings in Black Enterprise and Money magazine. He has also been recognized in such publications as The Network JournalThe New York Times Magazine, and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors: New York Metro.  Most recently, Dr. Parks appeared on NBC’s Today Show where he discussed treatment alternatives for knee arthritis in baby boomers.


Dr. Surrenthia Parker & Dr. Bonnie Mason Simpson

Dr. Surrenthia Parker & Dr. Bonnie Mason Simpson

Dr. Parker, MD is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon in Chicago, IL. Dr. Parker graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 1988 and has been in practice for 30 years. Dr. Parker also specializes in Hand Surgery. She currently practices at Jackson Park Hospital and is affiliated with Jackson Park Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Parker accepts multiple insurance plans including Aetna, Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. In addition to English, Dr. Parker's practice supports these languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Arabic.

Dr. Surrenthia Parker, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery
Chicago, IL


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