Lifestyle & Wellness

As a veteran internist and medical management leader, Dr. Rich Parker has directly or indirectly cared for thousands of patients for over 25 years.  During that time, he lectured and wrote about many health and healthcare topics.  He has particular interest in stress and how it affects us.  Accordingly, he writes and speaks about stress to many professional and lay audiences: 

Stress & Stress Management

  1. Why stress exists
  2. How stress affects people physiologically and emotionally
  3. Different types of stress
  4. Actions you can take to reduce stress and improve the quality of your life

In his 90-minute presentation and discussion, Dr. Parker uses real-world examples and humor to bring home the topic to all participants and there is ample time for Q&A.

For those who are interested, a follow-up program for smaller groups to delve into individual experiences with stress can be arranged.  For more information or to schedule Dr. Parker to speak with your organization, please contact him directly.  Your company, organization, college or professional group may benefit from sponsoring this presentation.  See Contact …

Having served as the medical consultant for the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Dr. Parker also has interest, experience and expertise in a wide range of mental health topics.

"A fascinating outlook at the importance of managing stress. Dr. Parker's presentation was engaging and varied and he is knowledgeable."
Anonymous participant at a Massachusetts Medical Society presentation
"Dr. Parker provides us with a worthwhile and practical approach for integrating stress management into our overall healthcare and well-being. Thank you, Dr Parker."
Herbert Benson, MD
Mind Body Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Director Emeritus
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
"Dr. Rich Parker's presentation about stress management was insightful and thought-provoking.  Chronic stress is common among medical professionals. At best, it can lead to poor job satisfaction and at worst, significant health consequences.  He explains the biology of stress and makes practical suggestions about what we can do to take better care of ourselves and improve our situation."
Tom Isaac, MD
Atrius Health and a participant at a Massachusetts Medical Society presentation
Boston, MA

End-of-Life Care & Issues
Another topic of great interest to Dr. Parker is the array of issues and choices associated with the end-of-life.  Whether the questions or debates are about how much care, for how long, and/or what exactly the quality of life for this individual will be, Americans are well-known for their widely divergent ways of handling (or not handling) decisions that come with the end-of-life.  Having practiced internal medicine for 27 years, Dr. Parker often assisted his patients and their families with the difficult but necessary choices around end-of-life care, palliative care and hospice.  He lectures frequently on these and related topics.

PDFSince Dr. Parker published "Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Reflections after 12 Years of Practice" in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2002, this article has been widely used as a guide for doctors in training and in established practice on how to better deliver high-quality, end-of-life care.

For more information on this topic or to schedule Dr. Parker to speak with your organization, please contact him directly.  This engaging and provocative talk can help bring visibility and helpful perspectives to people in a wide variety of settings.  See Contact …

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