As strategic advisor, Parker provides leadership, strategic vision, and oversight for the Institute’s theme leaders, principal investigators, projects, and staff. Prior to joining IIAD, Parker served as Vice President for Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Texas A&M Health Science Center. He also served Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Defense and was responsible for program oversight throughout the Department of Defense and integration with interagency and international partners.
Parker also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a position he assumed in 2005. In this role, Parker provided leadership in coordinating DHHS-wide efforts with respect to preparedness for and response to public health and medical emergencies, and served as a focal point for operational and policy coordination with the White House, other federal departments, Congress, state and local officials, private sector leaders, and international authorities responsible for emergency medical preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from acts of terrorism and other public health emergencies. Parker also served at DHS from April 2004 to July 2005 and was a 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the highest annual recognition for senior executive service personnel.
Parker has 26 years of distinguished active U.S. Army service, serving multiple roles including: Assistant Deputy for Research and Development, Director for the Medical Chemical and Biological Defense Research Program, and Deputy Director for the Combat Casualty Research Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He is a former Commander and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
Parker graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine in 1976 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine the following year. He holds a Doctorate in Physiology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a Master of Science in Resourcing the National Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.