Senior Deputy Director, Cancer Medicine
Medical Director, Oncology Services
Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Dr. Parker is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina. She received her MD from Stanford University Medical School where she pursued additional research training through the National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and received her postgraduate training in both specialties at UC San Diego. Since April 2007, Dr. Parker has served as the Medical Director of Oncology Servces and now serves as Senior Deputy Director of Cancer Medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. In that capacity, she provides leadership in execution of the clinical strategic plan, operational oversight, and quality management of multidisciplinary cancer care.
Dr. Parker is a clinical professor of medicine with a faculty practice focused on breast cancer and a collaborative research program focused on personalized approaches for breast cancer, including screening, prevention, novel therapies, and new approaches for survivorship. She leads the University of California San Diego collaboration with the Athena Breast Health Program across the five University of California comprehensive cancer centers. Since December 2012, she has served as Co-Chair of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Molecular Tumor Board led by Dr. Razelle Kurzrock. Her research has been funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, NCI/NIH, and philanthropic partnerships. She serves on the Board of Directors of National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Alliance Clinical Trials Group.
Her awards include the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in October 2007 for exemplary compassionate clinical care. In March 2009, she was named the UC San Diego “Attending Physician of the Year.” In April 2014, she was selected for the Excellence in Stewardship Award for building strong community ties. Since 2006, Dr. Parker has been named annually a “Top Doc” in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” by the San Diego County Medical Society.