UAMS Doctor Establishes Endowed Fund for Excellence in Honor of Lee Parker, M.D.

By David Wise

Parker first joined UAMS in 1973 as the Continuing Medical Education director for physicians statewide and served as the Fayetteville Area Health Education (AHEC) director from 1975 until 1996, when he officially retired. After retirement, he continued to mentor and teach residents and medical students in the UAMS Northwest Family Medical Centers until December 2020.

The initial gift of $25,000 establishes the endowment, and others are encouraged to contribute. This permanent endowment is established in the UA Foundation for the purpose of providing funds to support the strategic initiatives of the UAMS Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program in Northwest Arkansas as determined by the program director, Michael Macechko, M.D.

“My wife and I have loved living and raising our family in Northwest Arkansas and have been inspired by the example set by Dr. Parker and his devotion to medical education,” Ronald Brimberry said. “It is our hope that this fund in honor of Dr. Parker will recognize his significant impact on countless students, residents and patients that he taught and cared for during his 45-year professional career in academic family medicine.”

Brimberry is a graduate of the UAMS College of Medicine’s class of 1981. Following his residency training in family medicine at UAMS, he completed an academic fellowship and joined the faculty of the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. An associate professor, he currently serves as the associate program director for the UAMS Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program.

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