I have been practicing Internal Medicine since 1981, when I graduated from medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Internal Medicine involves the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of adults.
Since 2003, I have been a member of the clinical faculty at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. For the first 17 years of my career, I was an office-based primary care physician. I continue to practice medicine full-time, for the last eight years as a hospitalist in the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. Hospitalists diagnose and treat patients in the hospital setting only.
In a typical day, I might see heart attacks, strokes, out-of-control diabetes (both types 1 and 2), pneumonia, skin infections, broken hips, chest or abdominal pain, severe high blood pressure, kidney failure, and urinary tract infections.
In 2008, my first book, The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer, was published by Vanguard Press. The book has a chapter on adaptation of the AdvancedMediterranean Diet for people with type 2 diabetes, but it is not a comprehensive approach to nutritional issues affecting people with diabetes.
I am absolutely convinced that better diet and lifestyle choices can help individuals live longer, healthier lives.
Steve Parker, M.D. April 24, 2009