Dr. Richard Parker, MD

Cardiothoracic SurgeryMaleAge 78

Dr. Parker

Cardiovascular Surgical Professionals

1601 E 19th Ave Ste 5000 Denver, CO 80218

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Dr. Richard Parker, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Denver, CO and has over 53 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Nebraska / College of Medicine medical school in 1968. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Parker to book an appointment.

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My husband needed a very rare heart surgery. Dr. Parker went above and beyond in the surgical technique he did for my husband. He gave my husband many more years of life than he should have had, which in turn gave our daughter a Daddy for many more years. Dr. Parker is a kind, and humble man. Working in health care myself, I heard many awesome stories about Dr. Parker and you will be blessed to have him as your surgeon. Thank you, Dr. Parker, for giving us the gift of Dicks life!
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Maureen C. in Lafayette, CO – Mar 03, 2019
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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 unanswered and disregarded.
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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 opinion for free. My dad's heart was broke and Dr. Parker fixed it. I'd rate him 100 if i could. Thank you so muck Dr. Parker! There is no way i could thank you enough for extra time you gave my dad.
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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 accompanying spouse listening in I have great confidence in his knowledge and experience and have appreciated his excellent explanations and nice sense of humor. I feel like we're in excellent hands.
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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 lucky enough to have the opportunity to be one of his patients consider yourself blessed. I highly recommend Dr. Parker!
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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 my wife and I could understand. He put us at ease and the confidence to move on to the procedure that has to be done.
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Roger in Golden, Co – Aug 29, 2017
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I wish all doctors could be as wonderful as Dr. Parker. Super personality, explains all options of surgery in great detail. Takes as much time with patients as necessary until every question is answered. His staff is as wonderful as he is, especially Jennifer. Had surgery at Rose Medical and the care was fantastic. This doctor deserves 10 stars, not 5.
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Fern Oliner in Denver, CO – May 15, 2017
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For me, Dr. Parker will always be the first one on my list for any future problems I may have. He is honest, kind and caring. Very special in the way he explains what is happening with my health and the possible procedures that might need his attention. Thank You.
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Martha Carter in Burlington, CO. – May 09, 2017
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Dr. Parker is easy to talk to and explains everything clearly. He does not rush you through and makes certain all of your options and questions are answered. I highly recommend him!
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Parker, CO – Feb 26, 2017
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Dr. Parker spent about 45 minutes with my husband and I in the clinic, explaining what my diagnosis is and what he and his associates will be doing in surgery to correct my problem. He made diagrams and wrote it all down so I could have a copy to refer to as the time for surgery draws near. He was very kind and considerate and compassionate. He is a wonderful man and doctor.
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Sheryl Brenn in Colby, KS – Jan 23, 2017
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1) A doctor's rating has nothing to do with my experience in the waiting room or with the receptionist. But the receptionist and nurse are both five stars for many reasons. I was early... They fit me in early. Communication was great. 2) dr Parker is as interested in who you are as he is plainly discussing all elements of surgery and recovery. 3) I've met with no less than ten different MDs Recently. He's a true top doc. Did I say he's infinitely qualified? 4) call him. You'll be very happy.
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Dave M. in Denver, CO – Jan 18, 2017
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Biography

Dr. Richard Parker is board-certified in general, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He completed his fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Vascular Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Education

Mayo Clinic (Rochester)
Fellowship Hospital
University Of Colorado
Residency Hospital
1969
Denver Health Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1968
University of Nebraska / College of Medicine
Medical School
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Awards

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What are Dr. Richard Parker, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Parker frequently treats Heart Disease, Hyperlipidemia, and Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Parker treats.

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Dr. Parker's office is located at 1601 E 19th Ave Ste 5000, Denver, CO 80218. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Parker's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Heart Disease
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Dr. Parker treats Heart Disease more than 27% of his peers

Dr. Parker treats this condition more than 27% of his peers

Hyperlipidemia
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Dr. Parker treats Hyperlipidemia more than 16% of his peers

Dr. Parker treats this condition more than 16% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Familial Combined Hyperlipidemia
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Hypercholesterolemia Due to Arg3500 Mutation of Apo B-100
  • Hypercholesterolemia Due to LDL Receptor Deficiency
  • Hypercholesterolemia, Autosomal Dominant
  • Hypercholesterolemia, Autosomal Recessive
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Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Parker performs Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs) more than 16% of his peers

Dr. Parker performs this procedure more than 16% of his peers

Dr. Parker's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated
  • Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic
  • Cardiovascular Surgical Procedure
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Embolism
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Removal, Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Septal Defect
  • Sinus Bradycardia
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thymomas
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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(303) 861-8158

Dr. Parker accepts the following insurance:

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Choice Plus POS II
Whole Health Colorado Front Range
American Republic
Anthem
Pathway X Bronze Direct CACA IN HIX
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Assurant Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Cigna PPO
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Kaiser Permanente
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UnitedHealthCare
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Cardiovascular Surgical Professionals

Cardiovascular Surgical Professionals1601 E 19th Ave Ste 5000 Denver, CO 80218
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Compare with other Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialists

Compare Dr. Parker with our nearby Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialists at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.

Make an appointment at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center today at (303) 997-0215.

These providers are on the medical staff of Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.