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Donna L. Parker, MD, FACP

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Primary Appointment:


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Administrative Title:

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education


685 W. Baltimore Street, Suite 150 Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-7476


(410) 706-8311

Education and Training

1982 - B.Sc. from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1986 - M.D. from University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

1986-1989 - Residency, Department of Medicine, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD 


Dr. Parker graduated from McGill University and received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After a residency in internal medicine, she spent three years on the faculty at the University of North Carolina working at their Area Health Education Center at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. She returned to Baltimore to join the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1992. Since joining the faculty, she has served as the Medical Director of the Internal Medicine Clinic, Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Department of Medicine, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Associate Dean for Student and Faculty Development, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and is currently Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education.

Dr. Parker excels at championing ideas and creating solutions for the betterment of a variety of constituents, and ultimately, society.  She is a motivated and successful mentor who finds value in the success of others.  Dr. Parker is committed to individualizing and personalizing mentoring with integrity, professionalism and compassion and serves as a steady advocate for those without a voice.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Medical Education, Primary Care, Women in Medicine

Highlighted Publications

Book Contributions

  1. Parker, DL. Balancing, Juggling and Other Feats. This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine. Edited by Eliza Lo Chin. Sage Publications 2002.
  2. Parker DL. Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management. Edited by Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, ACPE publication, 2013

Journal Articles - Refereed

  1. Parker, DL. A Workshop on Mentoring Acrosss Gender and Cultural Lines, Academic Medicine (May) 2002; Vol 77, No 5.
  2. Parker, DL. You Can't Judge a Book By its Cover, But We Do! The Pharos, Spring 2003, Page 13
  3. Frayha, N, Raczek, J, Lo, J, Martinez, J, Parker, DL. An Electronic Interview Tracking Tool to Guide Medical Students Through the Match: Improvements in Advising and Match Outcomes, Academic Medicine (March) 2019; Vol 94, No. 3.

Research Interests

Medical Education
Primary Care
Women in Medicine

Clinical Specialty Details

General Internal Medicine

Awards and Affiliations

6/9/82                          Graduated with distinction, McGill University

4/28/98                        Election to AOA Honor Medical Society, University of Maryland School of Medicine

5/21/04                        Mace Bearer at Pre-Commencement exercises, University of Maryland School of Medicine

2006, 2008,

2009, 2012                   Marshal at Pre-Commencement exercises, University of Maryland School of Medicine

5/15/13                        Carolyn J. Pass, MD ’66 and Richard J. Susel, MD ’66 Academy of Educational Excellence,

                                   University of Maryland School of Medicine

5/14/14                        The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the

                                    Arnold P. Gold Foundation, UMSoM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

11/3/17                        AAMC 2017 Careers in Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Advisor Award

11/13/18                      University of Maryland Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award for 2019

3/11/19                        University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring for 2019

Professional Activity

1998 - Present             Fellow, American College of Physicians

08/01 – 08/04              University of Maryland Medical Alumni Association – Member, Board of Trustees

2001 - Present              Reviewer for the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Acknowledged in 2014 and 2016 for exceptional quality of reviews.

2003 - 06

and 2009 - present        MCAT exam Bias Reviewer


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