Title and Department
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Professional bio

Dr. Parker is a native Nashvillian and an alumna of the University of Denver. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Environmental Science, and attended medical school at the University of Colorado, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. After completing an Internal Medicine internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Dr. Parker completed a residency in Dermatology at Northwestern University. She then joined the faculty of Loyola University Medical Center, serving as Associate Director of the Dermatology Residency Training Program and Director of the Inpatient Dermatology Consultation Service. After an additional 11 years in private practice in Chicago and locally as a practice owner in Franklin, Dr. Parker returned to academic medicine, joining Vanderbilt in the fall of 2019.

Dr. Parker is active in the greater dermatology community, previously serving as Scientific Committee Chair for the Chicago Dermatological Society and in her current roles as president of the Nashville Dermatologic Society and as a member of the American Academy of Dermatology’s Expert Resource Group on Climate and Environmental Affairs. She volunteers locally at Siloam Health, serving Nashville’s immigrant and refugee population, and is a member of Health Volunteers Overseas with upcoming assignments in Costa Rica and Uganda. Dr. Parker is an advocate for awareness and mitigation of the harmful effects of climate change on health, and has been invited to speak about the effects of climate change on skin cancer risk during the Skin-Environmental Interface Forum at the upcoming AAD Meeting. She is also a contributing author for an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology that will be entirely dedicated to climate change.

Areas of Expertise
  • Adult Dermatitis / Eczema
  • Allergy / Immunology
  • Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Dermatological Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • General Adult Dermatology
  • Melanoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Psoriasis
Clinical Interest