Dr. Michael 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.
He graduated from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for medical school, where he received the President’s Clinical Science Award. After completing 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 in the Hip and Knee Service. Dr. Parks is now an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS and an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Recognized for his expertise in numerous publications throughout his career, Dr. Parks received top doctor rankings in Black Enterprise and Money magazine. He has also been recognized in such publications as The Network Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and Castle Connolly's Top Doctors: New York Metro. Most recently, Dr. Parks appeared on NBC’s Today Show where he discussed treatment alternatives for knee arthritis in baby boomers.
Dr. Parks currently serves as Immediate Past President of the New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and on the Board of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He has served as a member of The Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 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.
Clinical Director of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
Vice Chair for Quality, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Minimally invasive hip and knee replacement surgery
Revision total hip and knee replacement surgery
Arthroscopy of the knee
Treatment of early and advanced arthritis
Total Hip Replacement
Total Hip Revision
Total Knee Replacement
Total Knee Revision
Hip Fracture Repair
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2008-2018
Black Enterprise Magazine, America’s Leading Physicians, August 2001, August 2008
Leadership Fellows Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2003-2004
Money Magazine “The Best HealthCare–Top Docs,” Orthopaedic Surgery (Hip Fracture Repair), Fall 2003
The Network Journal, Top Black Doctors in New York, February 2007
Board of Trustees, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
American Orthopaedic Association
Member-at-Large, Board of Directors, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (elected at the 2009 AAOS Annual Meeting)
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
Past President, New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2010-2011
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One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.
As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies if payments were received during the prior year, or if the HSS physician currently receives payment. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.
Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Parks as of October 05, 2018.
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Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1990-1992
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1999
Editorial Board, Techniques in Knee Surgery, 2002–present
Guest Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2006-present
Parks ML, Total Hip Arthroplasty (Chapter 9) American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Review Manual (in press)
Parks ML, Macaulay WB: Operative Approaches for Total Hip Replacement Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 10: 2 (April), 106 - 114, 2000.
Macaulay WB, Parks ML: Hybrid Total Hip Replacement Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 10: 2 (April), 115 - 119, 2000.
Michael L. Parks, M.D.: Periprosthetic Fractures of the Hip and Knee, Hospital Physician Orthopaedic Surgery Board Review Manual. 5: 4 (February), 22-30, 2000
Michael L. Parks, M.D.; Heather A. Walsh, BSE, Eduardo A. Salvati, M.D., Stephen Li, Ph.D., Effect of Increasing Temperature on the Properties of Four Bone Cements. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 355:238-248, 1998
Schinsky MF, Macaulay WB, Parks ML, Kiernan H, Nercessian OA: Nerve Injury Following Primary. Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. 16: 8 (December), 1048 -1054, 2001.
Kelmanovich D, Parks ML, Sinha R, Macaulay W: Surgical Approaches to Total Hip Arthroplasty. Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association. Summer 2003 12:2, 90-94, 2003
Shah A, Celestin J, Parks ML, Levy RN: Long Term Results of Total Joint Arthroplasty in Frail Elderly Patients. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 425:106-109, 2004.
Auerbach JD, Parks ML, Levy RL.:The Effect of Volume and Pressure on Femoral Cement Grade. Orthopaedics 28:12 (December) 1413:1415, 2005.
For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.
Bird JE, Humphrey A, McLaughin J, Hermann G, Terranova C, Parks M, Hausman M, Jepsen KJ. Subendosteal Resorption and Periosteal Compensation During Age-Related Cortical Bone Loss. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society Vol. 29, San Francisco, California, 2004
Bird JE, Terranova C, Parks M, Hausman M, Jepsen KJ. New Insights into Age Related Cortical Bone Loss: The Preservation of Endosteal Bone Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society Vol. 29, San Francisco, California, 2004
Parks M.L., Walsh H.A., Li S., Salvati E.A. Effect of Temperature on the Polymerization of Four Bone Cements. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Hip Society; 22:1998.
Walsh, H.A., McCabe, J.P., Parks, M.L., Wright, T.M., Salvati, E.A., and Li, S. Effect of Altered Polymerization Rate on the Mechanical Properties of Two Brands of Bone Cement Transactions of the Society of Biomaterials: 398:1997.
Walsh, H.A., Parks, M.L., DiGiovanni, C.W., Wright, T.M., Salvati, E.A., Li, S. Effect of Increasing Polymerization Rate on the Mechanical Properties of Four Commercially Available Bone Cements. Transactions of the Society of Biomaterials 284:1997.
Ethnic disparity in access and utilization of total joint replacement
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