John S. Parker, M.D., FACS, FCCP

Assistant Surgeon General for Force Protection, U.S. Army (RET)

Summary Background: Dr. Parker is a physician and just retired after seven years as member and Chairman of the National Preparedness and Response Science Board – also known as the National Biodefense Science Board. He is a cardio-thoracic surgeon and a retired Major General from the Army. His 39 years in the Army saw him practice surgery, teach and manage very large healthcare and research institutions. He is an associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services School of Medicine. He served as the Assistant Surgeon General of the Army.

Dr. Parker has broad experience in managing or being significantly involved in disasters such as Chernobyl, Beirut bombing, USS Stark incident, Amerithrax (Senate office building exposure to Anthrax) and the Berlin Disco Bombing. His last assignment in the Army was as Commanding General of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick. Following retirement he worked for SAIC – now Leidos supporting work for WMD defense and significant work in the Biological threat reduction area.

Specialties: Health policy and economics, health information technology, corporate governance, healthcare consulting, chairing national science boards.

Select Previous Experience:

  • Commanding General, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and Installation, U.S. Army, CEO: Medical coordinator for the DoD medical program in the Midwest
  • U.S. Army Personnel Command, Chief of U.S. Army Medical Corps Branch: Directed the career development and assignments of 5,500 Army medical doctors
  • Original member of the CHCS – Operational Test and Evaluation Review Group


  • Georgetown University Medical School, M.D.
  • Residencies in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center – board-certified in each discipline.
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces, M.B.A. equivalent
  • Washington and Jeffer¬son College, B.A., Premedical