Parker (right) has changed his outfit, but not his concern for the
welfare of children. As a research fellow in the Surgical
Research Labs at Children's until 2001, he studied disease and
how to stop it; as a captain in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division,
currently stationed in Afghanistan, he has seen first-hand the plight
of the region's children and wanted to do something about it.
He contacted friends and colleagues around the country—including
here at Children's—asking for help in creating kits filled with
basic hygiene items and medications so the Afghan children he sees
every day don’t die from preventable diseases. Parker’s request
drew an outpouring of support, including several thousand dollars
from Children's, and the kits recently began reaching children in
need. Capt. Parker will once again become Dr. Parker when he returns
to the States this fall as a professor in Harvard's Division
of Health Sciences and Technology.