Dr. Cecil L. Parker, Jr. Sickle Cell Disease Distinguished Endowed Lectureship

The Dr. Cecil L. Parker, Jr. Sickle Cell Disease Distinguished Endowed Lectureship was established in 2008 to support sickle cell education for patients, physicians and allied health professionals in Mobile and surrounding counties, in perpetuity. The University of South Alabama chose to name this endowment to honor Dr. Parker for his service to USA and for his extensive and lengthy medical career of caring for adult patients affected with sickle cell disease. In 1986, Dr. Parker started his private practice in Mobile in Internal Medicine. Shortly thereafter, he was named the Director of the USA Adult Sickle Cell Center and served in this position for nine years. Even after resigning his post as Director, Dr. Parker continues to support the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

The mission of the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center is to improve the lives of persons affected by sickle cell disease through state-of-the-art clinical care, clinical research and education.  The establishment of the endowment is a critical component in realizing the mission of the Center.  As a result, we have been able to assure the necessary educational outreach is and will always be in place to serve our patients and healthcare professionals.  Ultimately, a well-informed healthcare community translates to optimum patient care and outcomes. Over the past several years, the Dr. Cecil L. Parker, Jr. Sickle Cell Disease Distinguished Endowed Lectureship, which is a component of the annual University of South Alabama Sickle Cell Regional Conference, has provided a platform to educate and equip over 1,200 health care providers with the knowledge to effectively assess, manage and assist patients who are affected by sickle cell disease.

None of this would be possible without the grass roots community efforts of individual and corporate donors.  With the assistance of our supporters, we have raised over $130,000 to support our patients and their families as they struggle to cope with sickle cell disease.  There are not enough words to thank those that have supported the endowment.

As we look toward the future, it is imperative to offer increased support to our patients and to assure the healthcare community is well informed about the most current clinical practices available in the care of patients with sickle cell disease. Please consider how you might reinforce our efforts to improve the lives of those persons affected by sickle cell disease.  Join the USA faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to honor Dr. Parker by making a gift today to the Dr. Cecil L. Parker, Jr. Sickle Cell Disease Distinguished Endowed Lectureship.

All contributions are tax deductible. For more information please contact:

Racheal Banks 
Director, Health Sciences Development
300 Alumni Circle, Suite 211
Mobile, AL  36688 
(251) 460-7032

2011ConfGrpSicCell.jpg             (L to R) Dr. Jane S. Hankins and Dr. Cecil L. Parker, Jr.)

(L to R) Dr. Hamayun Imran; Dr. Felicia Wilson; Dr. Johnson Haynes, Jr.; Dr. Hafeez Siddiqui; Dr. Cecil L. Parker, Jr.; Karen Marlowe, PharmD; Marilyn Chancellor, Coordinator; Ardie Pack-Mabien, CRNP, and Dr. Jane S. Hankins

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