Dr. John Parker, MD

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Dr. John Parker, MD
John S. Parker, M.D., has been practicing medicine for over 25 years, and in that time has become a nationally recognized ophthalmologist, introducing new, cutting-edge procedures to patients across the world. Dr. Parker received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University's College of Engineering in 1976. He worked as an engineer in New Orleans, Louisiana, while pursuing a medical degree at Louisiana State University, which he completed in 1986. He then accepted an internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, followed by a three-year ophthalmology residency at UAB's Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. In 1990, he accepted a corneal fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Parker returned to Birmingham in 1991 as Director of the Cornea Service at the UAB School of Medicine. Dr. Parker is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and has served as Director of the Residency Program for the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB, trustee and advisory board member of the Alabama Eye Bank, President of the Medical Staff of the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Vice President of the International Retinal Research Foundation. Academically, Dr. Parker has written chapters for ophthalmology texts, published articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmic journals and presented scientific papers, posters and courses at numerous national ophthalmic meetings. Further, Dr. Parker is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in the UAB Department of Ophthalmology where he trains ophthalmology residents and fellows. Dr. Parker devotes himself to his private ophthalmology practice, Parker Cornea, located within the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and donates time and expertise to care for needy patients in local clinics and international settings. He and his wife, Bonnie, have five children.

1720 University Blvd

Birmingham, AL 35233

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Dr. John Parker, MD

Dr. John Parker, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Parker believes in not only caring for his patients, but educating them as well. He takes time with each patient to ensure he or she understands the condition and treatment options. 
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Dr. Parker's Experience

Dr. Parker's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Blepharitis
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Scar
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drusen
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Eye Infections
  • Floaters
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Graves' Disease
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Nearsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage


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  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Segment Surgical Procedure
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL)
  • Corneal Tattooing
  • Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Sclera
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Weill Cornell Medical College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Louisiana State Univ School Of Medicine In New Orleans
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • University Ala School Med
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Johns Hopkins
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Parker's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Parker to family and friends
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Dr. Parker's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Anniston, AL |
Dr. John Parker has treated my eye condition in both eyes, Fuch's Dystrophy. I have had two successful corneal transplants using the latest techniques which were known at the time of each surgery. His professionalism, knowledge and concern for me as a patient is very reassuring. I am so thankful for Dr. John Parker, and the excellent care he has given to me. It has felt like a miracle to be able to see again. I have recommended PARKER Cornea in the past and will continue to do so.
in Birmingham, AL |
Dr Parker and staff were friendly. Helpful and on time! They really did a great job with office visits and cataract surgery! Everything was smooth and easy!
in Birmingham, AL |
Compassionate, thorough and caring physician. I have been his patient for many years, and am very grateful for his care.
in Louisville, Ms |
He is one of the very best. I drive a long ways to get there, however it is well worth the trip. I am very glad that I found him and his staff. Great Doctor and Person!!!
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Dr. Parker accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Humana
  • Medicare
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  • Tricare
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Hospitals where Dr. Parker has admitting privileges

UAB Hospital
1802 6th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233
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