Dr. James Parker was influenced to go into the medical field by two life events. One of these included being involved in an accident that affected many people, which first roused his strong desire it help others. That initial spark was reinforced when he reached high school when his friend’s father suffered a heart attack at a football game and collapsed next to him in the stands. Feeling helpless at not being able to do something for him and seeing the paramedics provide the medical attention he needed served as the impetus for his decision to become a doctor. Additionally, it sparked his interest in the heart. While studying in medical school and conducting research work, his fascination for cardiology only continued to increase until he resolved to specialize in the field.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science in zoology form Louisiana State University in 1995, Dr. Parker continued at the institution to receive a Master of Science in neuroelectrophysiology in 1999 and an MD in 2004. In addition, he completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the LSU Health Sciences Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Furthermore, Dr. Parker is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention.
In 2010, he joined North Oaks Health System as an interventional cardiologist and cardiac arrhythmia specialist and has continued to provide his skills, expertise and compassion for others. In 2019, he was recognized as the Physician of the Year at his institution. Dr. Parker believes that his success is based on his perseverance. In his own journey to practice medicine, he was faced with an obstacle that delayed the journey, but he was still able to use his drive and passion to overcome the hurdle. Looking toward the future, Dr. Parker endeavors to continue helping patients in cardiology.