Surrenthia Parker, MD, MHA, FAAOS, FACS

Surrenthia Parker, MD, MHA, FAAOS, FACS
Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Jackson Park Hospital
Chicago, IL

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
The AAOS has been my source of educational content over the years. The OKU’S and the Self-Assessment exams have assisted me with meeting the requirements to maintain my board certification. The Annual Meetings are invaluable to one who practices at a community hospital. The symposiums, instructional courses, and video labs have helped to keep me current in my practice. In addition, the JRGOS (a unit of AAOS) has been a place for constant support and has given me the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships. I also serve on the JRGOS Board.

As an Active Fellow Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
The Academy Annual Meeting and publications (OKU, Self-assessments, etc.) to enhance my continued education.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate hard work, as long as you continue that, you will succeed”.

“Work hard to get and maintain your board certification”. 

Both pieces of advice were from Dr. Richard E. Grant, who was my chairman while in training.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I’m most productive when I feel healthy, so I exercise regularly very early in the morning. I take care of myself for one hour and then I’m able to take care of everyone else.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Thinking before I speak so I don’t lash out at anyone. I recognize the power of the tongue. There have been times, in the past, where I wasn’t so aware of this. I remind myself of this daily.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
Travel, weight training, biking, dancing, and shopping.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?

  • In December 2023 I completed my Executive Master of Health Administration with honors, from Cornell University. I was the oldest one in my class. I was selected by my classmates for the Service Impact Award.
  • I was a basketball cheerleader at Brown University for four years.
  • As a child and into high school, I took tap dancing classes with Michelle Obama. I’m still a pretty good tap dancer.