A skilled and extensively trained board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. David J. Parks understands the complexity and delicacy of the eye and the importance of maintaining optimal eye health. He specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, ocular inflammatory diseases, and the ocular complications of AIDs, treating patients from around the country who seek out his medical expertise and friendly, approachable manner.
Dr. Parks' formal education and training are exemplary. A New York native, he earned his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, then graduated with honors from the Washington University School of Medicine (which is consistently ranked among the top 5 med schools in the country) in St. Louis in 1988. Dr. Parks received hands-on experience through an internal medicine internship at University Hospital in Long Island before completing an ophthalmology residency at Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.
Determined to fine-tune his skills, Dr. Parks accepted a two-year fellowship in ocular immunology and uveitis at the National Eye Institute, a branch of the National Institute of Health. There, he received a government grant to study the ocular complications of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in both adults and children. He also served as a scientific investigator in a clinical trial using a new device for intraocular drug delivery for the treatment of cytomegalovirus, a retinal infection seen in many AIDS patients. Dr. Parks then co-authored an important scientific article that deemed the device safe and effective. He has also published other papers in scientific journals on both clinical ophthalmology and laboratory research and has presented the results of his work at national and international meetings.
In 1994, Dr. Parks moved to Los Angeles to accept a fellowship in retinal and vitreous diseases at White Memorial Medical Center. Upon completing this fellowship he was invited to join the full-time staff as director of the ocular immunology and uveitis service at White Memorial Medical Center. Later, he established a relationship with the Guam Seventh Day Adventist Clinic, for which he regularly cares for patients in Guam and Micronesia who would otherwise be unable to see a retinal specialist. Dr. Parks provides experience, medical expertise, and a personality that sets his patients at ease.
Dr. Parks lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Beth. He has twin sons. He is a dedicated runner and has completed ten marathons. He also enjoys skiing and biking.
Great Gratitude to Dr. Parks and his staff for the gift of continued sight! I HIGHLY COMMEND AND RECOMMEND THEM!!!