Faculty Profile

William Parker
Section of Pulmonary / Critical Care
Instructor of Medicine (Part-Time)

Academic Interests

Dr. Parker’s research focuses on deceased donor organ allocation for transplantation. His current work includes determining the impact of allocation rules and geographic competition on patient outcomes and the treatment practices of transplant centers. Dr. Parker’s overall goal is to apply advanced data science methods such as deep learning and simulation modeling to organ allocation, designing systems that efficiently and fairly allocate these scarce health care resources to the patients most in need.

Clinical Interests

Organ transplantation, critical care, clinical medical ethics, health care delivery systems.


  • Parker WF, Anderson AS, Hedeker D, Huang ES, Garrity ER Jr, Siegler M, Churpek MM. Geographic Variation in the Treatment of US Adult Heart Transplant Candidates. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. April 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2018.02.030
  • Parker WF, Garrity ER Jr, Fedson S, Churpek MM. Trends in the Use of Inotropes to List Adult Heart Transplant Candidates at Status 1A. Circulation: Heart Failure, 2017 December;10(12):e004483. doi.org/10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.117.004483
  • Parker WF, Garrity ER Jr, Fedson S, Churpek MM. Potential impact of a shock requirement on adult heart allocation. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2017 Sept; 36(9) 1013-1016. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.05.015
  • Parker WF, Thistlethwaite JR, Ross LF. Kidney Donor Profile Index Does Not Accurately Predict the Performance of Kidney Transplants from Pediatric Donors. Transplantation. 2016 Nov;100(11):2471-2478. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000001028
  • Parker WF, Ross LF, Thistlethwaite JR, Gallo AE. Impact of the Kidney Allocation System on Young Pediatric Recipients. Clinical Transplantation. February 2018. doi: 10.1111/ctr.13223
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  • BA, 2008, Williams College, Physics
  • MD, 2012, Pritzer School of Medicine, Univeersity of Chicago, Medicine
  • Residency, 2015, University of Chicago, Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2015, University of Chicago, Medical Ethics
  • MS, 2018, University of Chicago, Public Health Sciences, Public Health
  • Fellowship, 2019, University of Chicago, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine