Research Symposium - Gary Parker

Location:  13-041 CHS

Date & Time:  Fri, May 15, 2015, 12:00 pm - Fri, May 15, 2015, 1:00 pm

Event Host:  Dean No-Hee Park

Event Presenter:  Dr. Gary Parker

About the Symposium

Join Dean No-Hee Park and the UCLA School of Dentistry for a Research Syposium on the topic of “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Africa: The Right to Look Human".

A brief look at overall healthcare needs in low income nations followed by a more detailed look at the need for dental and oral and maxillofacial surgical care.  This will include a presentation of a series of patients who represent the major areas of oral and maxillofacial surgical need and close with a challenge to dental professionals to become involved.

About the Speaker

Dr. Gary Parker is the Chief Medical Officer aboard the Africa Mercy, one of the four hospital ships operated by Mercy Ships. He was part of the UCLA DDS Class of 1977, and then went onto complete residency programs in Hospital Dentistry in 1979 and Oral Surgery in 1982, both from UCLA. He was also named the 2012 UCLA School of Dentistry Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Parker began his tenure with Mercy Ships in 1986 and is credited with starting the organization’s first Maxillofacial Surgery program. For the past several decades, Dr. Parker’s selfless work has consisted of performing life-changing surgery on children and adults in more than 15 countries. His patients suffer from congenital deformities in the head and neck region such as cleft lip and/or palate. Other medical conditions he sees are patients needing excision of tumors, reconstruction after destructive infections, repair of burn damage and other similar problems in the facial, head and neck region.

Photo courtesy of Mercy Ships.