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Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology
Kathleen (Katie) Parks, MD provides neurology care at PeaceHealth Medical Group. She earned her medical degree at USC, then completed a neurology residency at UCLA and a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Prior to her medical training, Dr. Parks earned a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and Biomedical engineering at Duke University.
Caring for others is a family trait, and Dr. Parks had excellent role models. “My father is a pediatrician and my mother is an internist. I have childhood memories of attending medical conferences and sitting at nursing stations while my mother rounded in the hospital. I went into medicine because of the relationships you can have with people. It allows us a unique opportunity to experience both the highs and lows of humanity while dedicating our career to service.”
Dr. Parks is excited by the rapid advances in the field of neurology that allow her to help patients overcome chronic health issues. “I've always been drawn to the complexity of the nervous system as well as the neurologic patient population. Although there is quite a bit we do not yet understand, there is rapid growth in the field, and more effective therapies are being developed.”
Away from her work, Dr. Parks loves to be active outdoors. “I enjoy hiking, snowboarding and running, and competed in track and field at Duke University. The discipline and sacrifice required to succeed as a college athlete helped me adjust to the demands of medical school and medical training. I still love running, but I'm nowhere near as fast as I was back then!”