Dr. Richard Parker, MD

Dr. Richard Parker, MD

Cardiac Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 75
Dr. Richard Parker, MD is a cardiac surgery specialist in Denver, CO and has been practicing for 50 years. He graduated from University of Nebraska / College of Medicine in 1968 and specializes in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and more.Read his story

4567 E 9th Ave Ste 5000

Denver, CO 80220

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  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
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Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
very high
more than 31% of peers
Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
more than 88% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
more than 76% of peers

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Dr. Parker's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Parker "Dr. Richard Parker is board-certified in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He completed his fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Colorado and his postgraduate fellowship in cardiovascular surgery from Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. He served as a physician at Colorado Cardiovascular Surgical Associates. He has co-authored several papers and presented research at well-known seminars and conferences.Dr. Richard Parker is experienced in all aspects of thoracic (heart, lung, esophageal and chest wall) surgery, coronary artery surgery and has been a pioneer in minimal access VATS surgery of the chest. He also has extensive experience in aortic and mitral valve surgery, including the minimal access approach.For the past 20 years, he has been named one of 5280 Magazine's Best Doctors."
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5  Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

69  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Syncope
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
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54  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Colorado.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

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  • University of Nebraska / College of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1968
  • Denver Health
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Colorado
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Mayo Clinic (Rochester)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Richard Parker, MD
Actually zero stars. Not ever would I recommend . After finding out my diaphragm was partially paralyzed as a result of surgery and Parker saying everything was just fine, I suggest getting another opinion before choosing him. Multiple attempts to contact him after for an explanation went...Read More
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Denver, CO – Feb 07, 2018
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Dr. Parker performed a quadruple bypass on my father and saved his life. I remember him being very positive, nice, and comforting, but it was kind of a blur. It's been 5 years and my dad is still alive. My uncle had already been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and Dr. Parker gave him a second...Read More
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Brad Spears in Denver – Jan 22, 2018
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You hope never to need this type of care but if you do Dr. Parker has been great in that he thoroughly explains things and even adds little sketches to help give you the picture of the wondrous inner workings of our hearts and thereabouts. And he's a patient, attentive listener. As an...Read More
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Sandy in Denver – Jan 02, 2018
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I love Dr. Parker. He is so skilled at analyzing your particular condition and explaining options in a way that you totally understand. His pleasant personality was very comforting for me while discussing my serious condition. As a surgeon, he is considered the best by his peers. If you are...Read More
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Jerry Lorenz in Canon City, CO – Nov 11, 2017
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My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting with the doctor for the first time last week. Dr Parker is the best thing that my wife and I could have found for the heart issues I am dealing with. He was to the point but very concerned about my nervousness. He explained everything in a manner that both...Read More
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Roger in Golden, Co – Aug 29, 2017
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