Dr. Parkinson is the Senior Medical Director overseeing employer health and productivity strategies for UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners. He is also Principal of P3 Health (Prevention, Performance, Productivity) engaging employers and organizations to increase value in health and health care. Dr. Parkinson is also Past President of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
He formerly was Executive Vice President, Chief Health and Medical Officer of Lumenos, a pioneer of consumer-directed health plans and a subsidiary of Wellpoint. A retired Air Force colonel, he served as associate director of medical programs and resources in the Office of the Surgeon General where he was responsible for policy and planning for over 2 million beneficiaries, 70 facilities and a $4 billion budget. He served on the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Care Purchasing Institute assisting employers to purchase higher quality care.
Dr. Parkinson was Vice Chair of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and a member of the Residency Review Committee. Other appointments included the Institute of Medicine Committee reviewing NASA employee health programs, and as faculty for the 14-cities Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Aligning Forces for Quality” project.
He currently serves on the External Advisory Committee of the NIOSH-funded U of Iowa Center for Workforce Excellence. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Medical Quality.
Dr. Parkinson is the recipient of many awards. He received his AB from Cornell University, MD from George Washington University, family practice training at the UCLA and his MPH, preventive medicine residency and chief residency at Johns Hopkins.