We would like to welcome Walter T. Parker, M.D. to Minnesota Eye Consultants as our 2017-2018 Ophthalmic Fellow! Dr. Parker specializes in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery. He practices out of our Bloomington, Minnetonka and Minneapolis locations.
Originally from Montgomery, AL, Dr. Parker received his undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. During his time there, he received numerous awards and honors. Most notably, he received the W. James Samford Memorial Award, an award for excellence in academics, leadership and community service. Upon graduation, he received the College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, awarded to students graduating with a 4.00 GPA.
He obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. While there, he was awarded the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course Dean's Letter, which is given to the top 10 percent of the class who demonstrate superior skills in physical examination, patient interviewing, case presentations and professionalism. He also received the W. Hudson Turner Scholarship, the Eloise and Charles Johnston Scholarship, the Claude E. Dorsey Scholarship and the Paul W. Burleson Full Academic Scholarship. At the end of his fourth year, he traveled to Kenya for 6 weeks where he helped perform vision-saving eye surgeries in a small farming community.
Following medical school, Dr. Parker completed an internship at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, AL. He then went on to complete his residency at the Baylor College of Medicine/Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, TX. While at Baylor, he served as Chief Resident for his final year. As Chief Resident, he was able to teach a lecture series for Internal Medicine residents about “Ophthalmology for the Primary Care Physician”. He also received the ASCRS Foundation Resident Excellence Award that year.
Dr. Parker has participated in several research and educational projects. Recently, he completed a project where he compared toric IOL outcomes using an image guided technique, in place of the conventional marking technique. He also has been working on a microbial keratitis project that he hopes will have an impact on treatment methods and risk factor awareness for patients who are inflicted with this disease. In addition to his involvement in research, Dr. Parker has presented at several national conferences and co-authored numerous book chapters and journal publications.
Through his extensive medical and surgical experience and research projects, Dr. Parker recognizes the importance of listening to each patient’s specific situation and post-operative goals. Throughout his career, he hopes to participate in local and international medical missions and to be able to teach in some capacity, as he enjoys helping others learn. Dr. Parker is currently a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
In his spare time, Dr. Parker enjoys tennis, jogging, Frisbee golf, water sports such as wakeboarding and water skiing, playing pickup basketball when he can and trying new restaurants. Being an Auburn University alumnus, he is a big SEC College football fan. He has been married to his wife, Caroline, for 7 years and their first baby, Tyson, is almost 6 months old. He says he and his wife are looking forward to the food scene in Minneapolis and, being snow rookies, are excited to experience a Minnesota winter.