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About John Parker, MD

Dr. Parker has been practicing medicine for more than 25 years, and in that time has become a nationally recognized ophthalmologist, introducing the latest in minimally invasive procedures to cornea, cataract, and glaucoma patients throughout the Americas.

Dr. Parker received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s College of Engineering in 1976. He received his MD from LSU–New Orleans and completed his medicine internship and ophthalmology residency at UAB. Corneal fellowship training was completed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Parker returned to Birmingham in 1991 as Director of the Cornea Service at the UAB School of Medicine.

Dr. Parker is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and has served as Director of the Residency Program for the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB, trustee and advisory board member of the Alabama Eye Bank, President of the Medical Staff of the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Vice President of the International Retinal Research Foundation.

Academically, Dr. Parker has written chapters for ophthalmology texts, published articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals and presented scientific papers, posters and courses at numerous national ophthalmic meetings. Further, Dr. Parker is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology where he trains ophthalmology residents and fellows.

Dr. Parker devotes himself to his private ophthalmology practice, Parker Cornea, located within the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and donates time and expertise to care for needy patients in local clinics and international settings. He and his wife, Bonnie, have five children.

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About Parker Cornea

John Parker established Parker Cornea in 1997, within the UAB Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. Parker Cornea performs procedures and treatments that are meant to provide patients with the best possible vision as quickly, comfortably and cost effectively as possible.

Parker Cornea specializes in the treatment of keratoconus, Fuchs dystrophy, cataracts, glaucoma, corneal scars and opacities, corneal stem-cell deficiency, failed corneal transplants, intraocular lens complications, corneal and conjunctival infection and inflammation, benign and malignant corneal and conjunctival tumors, ocular burns and hereditary corneal dystrophies.

Parker Cornea procedures include DMEK and DSAEK for the treatment of Fuchs dystrophy, corneal cross-linking, Intacs implantation, and Bowman layer transplantation for keratoconus, no-stitch corneal transplants, no-stitch cataract surgery, intraocular lens exchange, ocular surface reconstruction, amniotic membrane transplants, removal of conjunctival and corneal tumors, laser surgery, micro-invasive and traditional glaucoma surgery, and anterior, posterior, full thickness, and artificial corneal transplants.


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About Jack Parker, MD, PhD

Jack Parker is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the treatment of keratoconus and Fuchs dystrophy. He is currently the only U.S. eye surgeon fellowship trained at NIIOS–the Dutch institution that developed modern corneal lamellar surgery (DMEK, DSEK, and Bowman layer transplantation).

During medical school and residency at UAB, Jack collaborated with world renowned corneal surgeon Gerrit Melles of Rotterdam. Following completion of a UAB ophthalmology residency, Jack completed a joint fellowship with NIIOS in Rotterdam and his father at Parker Cornea in Birmingham. Jack’s PhD thesis Recent Innovations in Minimally Invasive Anterior and Posterior Lamellar Keratoplasty was co-promoted by Dr. Melles and Dr. Martine Jager and was accepted by Leiden University on July 4, 2017.