Envision Physician Services' Rebecca Parker is working to expand access to care

(Jon Shaw)

Rebecca Parker, M.D., Chief Medical Affairs Officer, Envision Physician Services

Age: 50

Education: She earned a bachelor's in chemistry and her medical degree from Northwestern University. 

About her: As chief medical affairs officer for Envision Physician Services, a multispecialty medical group comprising more than 25,000 clinicians across nearly 1,800 clinical departments in facilities nationwide, she provides multispecialty, high-level physician executive leadership on a wide range of clinical issues and state- and federal- level advocacy efforts, as well as leadership development and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is also past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, a position she held from October 2016-October 2017.

In the last year especially, she has made significant contributions that have impacted the healthcare system. From a clinical perspective, she chaired the Envision Opioid Task Force, which develops and champions interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the opioid epidemic, one of the most significant public health emergencies of our time. In this role, she brought together physician leaders from six different specialties to form opioid work groups that collaborate to drive material change at scale.

First job: During freshman year at Northwestern, she worked for Saga Food Service in Elder Hall.

Accomplishment she’s most proud of: "Professionally, I’m most proud of the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative I spearheaded at the American College of Emergency Physicians as president. It was a leap of faith to make D&I a priority, and the impact it made was far more than I dreamed it would be. Through that experience, I’ve pioneered additional D&I initiatives at Envision Physician Services and within the broader emergency medicine community."

Problem she’s most passionate about trying to solve: "I am most passionate about protecting access to care for emergency patients and preserving the safety net that our nation’s emergency physicians provide."

Book she recommends: “The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader,” by James C. Hunter. For fun, she also recommends “Wishful Drinking,” by Carrie Fisher.

Advice she’d give her younger self: "Don’t worry so much about mistakes or failures because you will learn a lot from them. I work hard to impart that same sentiment to the young physicians I mentor."

What she’d do with her career if it wasn’t this: "If I weren’t in medicine, I’d be interested in a career as a trumpet player and/or music educator."

Envision Physician Services' Rebecca Parker is working to expand access to care

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