|Education & Medical Training:|
|University of Seville School of Medicine|
|Saint Louis University Hospital|
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|Raul O. Parra, MD, is a board certified urologic oncologist specializing in cancers of the bladder, kidney and prostate. Dr. Parra, who comes to the Holy Name Physician Network from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is one of the pioneers of minimally invasive surgery for urologic malignancies and performed the first laparoscopic removal for bladder cancer. He has been at the forefront of instituting many of the innovative laparoscopic and robotic procedures for prostate and kidney cancer used throughout the world today.|
At Holy Name, Dr. Parra will be Director of Urologic Oncology, as well as Medical Director of the Regional Cancer Center. He will work with Holy Name's senior leadership to develop and implement a transformative strategy and vision for the Cancer Center, a facility already recognized for clinical performance, high technical and safety standards, and compassionate patient care. He will oversee the Center's comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and support services, including medical and radiation oncology and clinical research trials.
In practice for more than 30 years, Dr. Parra had been on staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering since 2008. Prior to that, he was Chief of Urology at both St. Louis University Medical Center and Mayo Clinic–Jacksonville, Director of Urologic Oncology at Oregon Health and Science University, and Chief of Urology at Cooper University Hospital/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also held academic appointments as Professor of Urology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Saint Louis University, the Mayo Clinical Medical School, Oregon Health and Science University and Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.
Dr. Parra has contributed hundreds of articles to peer–reviewed journals; he has written books, book chapters and reviews, and has participated in numerous symposiums and conferences nationally and abroad as a visiting professor. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology, a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology.
After earning his medical doctorate from the University of Seville Medical School in Spain, Dr. Parra completed residency programs at Bronx Lebanon Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Saint Louis University in Missouri, and a fellowship at the Roswell Park Memorial Urologic Oncology Institute in Buffalo.
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