Nathan Parker, DO - Physician and Surgeon, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Portland, OR

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Physician and Surgeon

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Provider Bio

Dr. Nathan Parker is an OB/GYN physician and surgeon at Women's Healthcare Associates in Portland, Oregon. His primary hospital affiliation is Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, but he is also able to perform scheduled gynecologic surgery at Providence Portland Medical Center.

From the Provider

“My approach to medicine is one grounded by the understanding that health is more than merely the absence of disease. I thrive in a setting where we can create a safe space for patients to articulate their needs shame free and support the body's natural processes whenever possible. And, when medical interventions are necessary, it's a privilege to sit down and provide patient education not only on the paths forward but the rationale behind these options.”

About the Provider

Dr. Parker found his way to medicine after completing jazz studies major in college where he found he had the capacity to help people in different and broader ways. Strong female role models and advocates for women’s health abound in his family, which is one of the reasons he is drawn to the field of OB/GYN. He is a robotics-trained minimally invasive surgeon and enjoys using his skills in gynecologic surgery to treat a variety of issues, such as heavy menstrual bleeding, fibroids, gynecologic tumors, pelvic pain, precancerous lesions and ovarian cysts.

In addition to surgery, Dr. Parker really enjoys the continuity of care that can span a lifetime in this profession. He loves the full spectrum of obstetrics and gynecology and enjoys working with people across their lives—from adolescents to geriatric patients—on topics ranging from safe sex and STI prevention, to preconception and pregnancy options counseling, to managing menopausal changes. He also approaches helping people with chronic pelvic pain in a unique way using his osteopathic training to consider muscular, skeletal, and fascial causes and treatments. Wellness and preventative care are personal passions, and Dr. Parker brings his own experience with movement and nutrition as therapy in working with his patients to help them achieve their wellness goals.

In addition to advocating for his patients and their decisions every day, Dr. Parker has also participated in broader advocacy on issues related to reproductive healthcare access and women’s health. When he’s not working, he enjoys all things outdoors—hiking, biking, kayaking, soccer, rock climbing—as well as the food, wine and music offerings of the Pacific Northwest.

Education

  • Residency:

    Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 2021

  • Medical School:

    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2017

  • Undergraduate Degree:

    Bachelor of Music, Trumpet Performance - Jazz Studies, Elmhurst College, 2011

  • Post-Baccalaureate:

    Pre-medicine, Elmhurst College, 2012

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