2021 Top Doctor: Brittane Parker, M.D.

Editorial StaffMay 5, 2021
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Hospital Medicine

Med School/Year Graduated: Medical College of Wisconsin/2013

Years in Practice: 5

What does a hospitalist do, in layman’s terms?

A hospitalist is a physician that specializes in caring for adult patients in a hospital setting. This is a broad specialty where physicians treat various complex diseases in very ill patients.

How does your training as an internal medicine doctor inform your current work?

Internal medicine is a discipline that focuses on the integration of many complex organ systems of the human body. Internists help patients prevent disease as well as minimize the complications of existing conditions. As a hospitalist, this training is extremely valuable as I rely on this foundation and clinical experience to diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses.

As a Banner University Medical Center resident, you won the award for “The Physician I Would Most Like to Care for Me if I Was a Patient.” How did it feel to be awarded that honor?

The award is very special and humbling to me because my peers trusted me enough to be their physician. My goal has always been to treat each person as an individual and as if they were my own family. As a Christian, my faith and commitment to serve my fellow man is foundational to my approach to patient care.

What do movies and TV shows about hospitals get wrong?

One of the biggest misconceptions is that diagnosing a patient’s condition, their treatment and recovery time occurs within 24 to 48 hours. This is seen on many medical dramas but is rarely the case. The human body is complex, and healing
takes time.

What was the last book you read?

I am finishing The Education of An Idealist by the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. She details her own immigration to the U.S. and the life events that led her to a career in foreign policy. Her life’s journey and work in diplomacy are fascinating.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?

I play co-ed softball in two leagues here in Phoenix. It is the ultimate stress reliever for me, and I am looking forward to playing again when the COVID-19 pandemic has abated.

What are you watching on Netflix these days?

I like British detective shows such as Lewis, Father Brown and Endeavour. They’re often slow, but I enjoy a good mystery.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

A university professor teaching biochemistry. This was my undergraduate degree, and I have always had a passion for education.

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