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James M. Parker, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Title: Interventional Cardiologist
Company: North Oaks Medical Center
Location: Covington, Louisiana, United States

James Parker, Interventional Cardiologist at North Oaks Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in heart health.

Following obtaining a Bachelor of Science in zoology in 1995 from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Dr. Parker followed with a Master of Science in neuroelectrophysiology in 1999 and a medical doctorate in 2004 from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  He thereupon served a residency in internal medicine from 2004 to 2007 and a fellowship in cardiology from 2007 to 2010 with LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Parker is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, board certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Level 2 certified in CT angiography. Since 2010 he has excelled as an interventional cardiologist and cardiac arrhythmia specialist with North Oaks Health System in Hammond, one of Louisiana’s largest and most progressive community hospital organizations. Since 2018, he has served with the Medical Executive Board of North Oaks Health System, where was recognized as the Physician of the Year in 2019 and has been chief of staff since 2000.

Dr. Parker attributes his career success to hard work and perseverance as the road to his medical degree took unexpected turns that made the journey a bit longer than he expected. Thankfully, the same drive and passion that drew him to pursue an education in medicine stayed with and kept him advancing toward his goal. Two events steered him into a medical career. One event was his involvement in a serious accident that affected many other people, which first roused strong desire in him to help people and acquire education in order to do so. That initial spark was reinforced 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.

Dr. Parker sees himself continuing to serve cardiology patients in the coming years and hopes to keep abreast with improvements in the field, as well as continue to utilize new ideas and programs that would further enhance the quality of his patients’ lives.

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