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Captain J. Scott Parrish, a native of Babylon, New York,
graduated in 1982 cum laude from Villanova University with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He subsequently earned
his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1986 from the State University
of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse. Following the completion of an Internal Medicine
Internship at Naval Hospital Oakland, he served for two years as the Medical Officer/Radiation Health
Officer onboard USS Arkansas (CGN-41). He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Naval
Medical Center Oakland. Selected as the Chief of Residents he served on the teaching faculty at Oakland
for one year.
After the successful completion in 1996 of a three year fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care
Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego, he was assigned as staff physician. While serving as faculty
at Naval Medical Center San Diego, CAPT Parrish has held numerous positions including Chairman of
Critical Care Medicine, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit, Department Head of Pulmonary
Medicine, and Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Currently he is
the Associate Program Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship.
CAPT Parrish has deployed three times in support of the Pacific Partnership humanitarian missions.
During Pacific Partnership (PP) 2008 he served onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) as the Director of Medical
Services. Serving as the Director of Medical Operations and Planning for PP 2010 he deployed a second
time with the USNS Mercy. In 2011 and again in 2013 he returned to Vietnam to assist with US Navy
sponsored subject matter exchanges in the fields of Structural Heart Disease and Pulmonary Disease. His
third PP deployment was completed in 2014 when he was assigned as a member of the ADVON team
and as a Subject Matter Expert for the Vietnam and the Philippine phases of the mission. In addition to
these Pacific region humanitarian assignments he has deployed to the 37 th Military Teaching Hospital,
Accra, Ghana on five separate occasions as a visiting Faculty Member.
CAPT Parrish has served as a Principle Investigator for more than ten research projects. He has published
more than a dozen scientific articles and book chapters. He has served two terms as a Governor of the
American College of Chest Physicians. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American
College of Chest Physicians, and of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He is an Instructor,
Course Director, and National Course Consultant for the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Fundamental
Disaster Management and Fundamental Critical Care Support Courses. CAPT Parrish is a Clinical
Professor of Medicine at USUHS. He is triple board certified in the fields of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary
Disease, and Critical Care Medicine. He has been designated by his NMCSD peers as a Master Clinician.
In June 2016, Following the successful completion of 30 years of active duty, CAPT Parrish transitioned
to a full time position as a key Faculty Physician at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
CAPT Parrish’s military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), the US Public
Health Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous unit awards.


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