Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VAResearch Interests:
EducationCatholic University of America, Bachelors of Nursing - 1998
Uniformed Services University, MD - 2002
NMCP, Internal Medicine Internship - 2003
Naval Undersea Medical Institute, UMO - 2004
NMCP, Internal Medicine Residency - 2010
WRNMMC, Nephrology Fellowship - 2012
BiographyCommander Austin L. Parker
Medical Corps, United States Navy
Commissioned in May 1998, Commander Austin Parker earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Catholic University of America before attending medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed Internal Medicine Internship in 2003 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) and proceeded to Naval Undersea Medical Institute, earning the Diving Medical Officer qualification.
CDR Parker then served as an Undersea Medical Officer for Naval Submarine Support Center Kings Bay, GA, including 2 years as Department Head. While there, he earned the Submarine Medical Officer warfare qualification and the SSBN Deterrent Patrol insignia aboard the USS WYOMING (SSBN 742 BLUE).
CDR Parker then returned to NMCP in 2008 where he completed Internal Medicine Residency. He subsequently continued training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for Nephrology Fellowship, graduating in 2012.
After completing fellowship, CDR Parker returned to NMCP as a staff nephrologist, serving as Division Head from July 2013 until January 2015. From 2013 through 2016, CDR Parker served as the Director for Medical Services for USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) in preparation for and deployment during CONTINUING PROMISE 2015. While there, he led over 90 healthcare providers from all branches of the US military, seven international partner militaries, and four non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in delivering healthcare to over 125,000 patients in eleven countries. Beyond the complexities of direct medical care in austere environments, his directorate also created extensive education programs for local providers, created and delivered a grand rounds lecture series, trained a cadre of 20 junior-/mid-grade officers as future Medical Engagement site leaders, and provided educational courses that led to over 40 officers earning the Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response AQD.
Beginning late in 2015, CDR Parker helped create and launch a new Professional Development program for Medical Corps officers. This quickly grew to become a command-wide program with average monthly attendance rising to over 100 officers. CDR Parker serves on several command committees and is the DMS representative to MEC since 2016.
CDR Parker is dual board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, as well as a life-member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Eastern Virginia Medical School. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (four) and various unit awards.