Michael L. Parks, M.D.

Member, Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Weill Medical Center

Michael L. Parks, M.D.
Michael L. Parks, M.D.

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Dr. Michael Parks is Associate Attending at Hospital for Special Surgery and Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell College of Medicine in New York. He earned a degree in Chemistry from Duke University and M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where he received the President’s Clinical Science Award. Dr. Parks completed an internship in General and Thoracic Surgery followed by an orthopedic residency at Duke University Medical Center. He continued his training at Hospital for Special Surgery with a fellowship on the Hip and Knee Service where he continues to practice today.

Dr. Parks specializes in the surgical treatment of adults with arthritis requiring reconstructive procedures of the hip and knee. He is actively involved in clinical research and is the author of multiple publications. His research focus is on joint replacement surgery, biomechanical implant retrievals and on the impact of race, ethnicity and gender on the care of arthritis patients.

Dr. Parks has been recognized for his expertise in numerous publications throughout his career, receiving top doctor rankings in Black Enterprise magazine and Money magazine. He has also been recognized in such publications as The Network Journal, The New York Times magazine, and Castle Connolly’s Best Doctors: New York Metro. Most recently Dr. Parks has appeared on NBC’s Today Show where he discussed treatment alternatives for knee arthritis in baby boomers.

Dr. Parks currently serves is President-Elect of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and Past President of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has served as a member of The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and, The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and is on the steering committee of the Movement is Life Caucus, a multi-stakeholder group devoted to decreasing musculoskeletal healthcare disparities.