David S. Parsons, MD, FAAP, FACS
David is an active participant in international medical missions. He is driven to do this by his strong faith and desire to share the blessings God has given him with those less fortunate in the Third World.
Dr. Parsons is board certified in both Pediatrics and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and completed an international fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT). He specializes in adults and children with difficult sinus problems, and in Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat care. He wrote and edited one of the largest selling books in the world on sinus care. Dr. Parsons created six internationally distributed CD-ROMs/DVDs describing comprehensive sinus care emphasizing both the Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique, which he helped develop, and complex airway management.
The Vietnamese government honored Dr. Parsons with their highest civilian award. He received two special international honors in 2002. He was selected to receive the Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Efforts by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The Academy recognized him for his missionary work in Vietnam, Cuba, Mexico and Cambodia. He was awarded the Sylvan Stool Award by the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children. This award is presented annually to an international medical professional for outstanding lifetime contributions in teaching and service for the care of children. This same organization recognized Dr. Parsons as the Humanitarian of the Year for 2006, and awarded him the Steven Gray Humanitarian Citation. In 2011, he was recognized by Patient’s Choice as one of America’s “Most Compassionate Doctors.” In 2012, the Academy award him the Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Parsons graduated with honors from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed a pediatric residency in San Antonio and practiced pediatrics in Albuquerque, NM. He became the Chief of Pediatrics, and later the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Kirtland Hospital. Dr. Parsons did his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency at the University of Colorado. He completed fellowships in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and The Children’s Hospital in Denver.
Colonel Parsons completed a 26-year Air Force career as the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Head and Neck Surgery, Director of the residency training program and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. He graduated with honors from the School of Aviation Medicine. During his academic military career he simultaneously served as Clinical Professor of both Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Texas-San Antonio and the University of Colorado. After military retirement in 1993, he was the Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics for the University of Missouri. He is now in private practice with Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates and serves as Clinical Professor at both the Universities of North and South Carolina.
Dr. Parsons has been selected to multiple “Best Doctors in America” including one that named the top 1000 doctors in America. He is in Who’s Who International, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, plus many others. He has designed more than 46 surgical instruments and published over 130 medical articles plus multiple additional non-medical articles. He has lectured internationally in more than 20 countries.
Dr. Parsons serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and editorially reviews for six international journals. He served as President of the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC), and served as the President of the Society of Military Otolaryngologists. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Christian Society of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, SENTAC, the Society of Military Oto/HNS, and ComCare International (a hearing aid ministry).
Dr. Parsons was a USAF fighter pilot in the F-105 Thunderchief, and flew more than 450 combat sorties in the Vietnam War as a forward air controller in the OV-10 Bronco. He won the Top Gun award in 3 different fighter type aircraft. He is actively involved in Christian medical missionary work in Honduras, Mexico, Vietnam, Cuba, Israel, Cambodia, Hungary and Poland. He is an associate staff member with Search Ministries and works extensively with Priority Associates (Campus Crusade for Christ).
He can be contacted via email at email@example.com.