I grew up in New England and received most of my education and training in the Northeast, earning my medical degree at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. I completed an internal medicine internship at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, TX and an internal medicine residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY. I also completed a research fellowship in preventative cardiology/lipidology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital as well as in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. I moved to Portland in 2005 for a change of pace and love all of the things that make the Pacific Northwest unique.
Primarily, my practice is office-based, with some time spent in the hospital performing procedures such as pacemaker implantation and cardiac catheterizations, and seeing the people under my care who have been admitted to the hospital. I am a scientist at heart, and so I love the physiology of the cardiovascular system, the vast body of research that cardiologists have available, and the high-tech imaging and procedures we can do. I enjoy treating every patient as a person. It is my goal to make all of my patients as healthy and comfortable as possible. That means that I want you to leave feeling like I have addressed your concerns. I believe quality of life is as important as quantity, and I will work to make sure you are not burdened with significant side effects with the management we choose. I focus on prevention of disease and trying to catch problems early. Many things can be dealt with during a few office visits before they turn into a hospital admission, thus communication is key. Outside of medicine, I thoroughly enjoy theatre performance and music and endure any opportunity when my spare time allows. I also discovered, after buying our house in 2006, that I have a penchant for D-I-Y projects inside and outside. With a 40-year-old house that was still stuck in the ‘70s when we bought it, there have been plenty of opportunities to satisfy that part of my life. For exercise, I spend most of my time running and swimming. Time with family is most important of all. My wife, son and I like to spend that time camping and hiking, or just playing in the yard. As my son, Spencer, grows, we’re hoping to include skiing, sailing, and biking on our list of favorite things to do. Dr. Parsons was elected as a top doctor in Portland Monthly’s 2016 “Top Docs and Nurses” feature.