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Philip V. Parry, MD

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A career in medicine was something I considered from an early age. My father was a physician so that played a role in inspiring me to pursue a medical career. Choosing to become a neurosurgeon, however, was little more happenstance.

I enjoy sailing and I used to sail a lot on a boat called the Synapse. A synapse is the connection between two neurons, which are the building blocks of the brain and central nervous system. The boat was owned by neurosurgeon and over time, shadowing him, I became interested in this field.

Hurricane Katrina helped to fortify my decision.

While I was in school at Tulane, Hurricane Katrina hit. The school had to be closed (for only the second time in its history) and we were relocated to the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, for about 10 and a half months. During the time I was there, doing grand rounds reinvigorated my decision to pursue neurosurgery.

I served in the United States Air Force and completed an internship and residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which is among the top ranked hospitals in the field. That exposed me to a lot of cutting edge research, education and training in the care of patients with traumatic brain injury.

The majority of practice now involves degenerative conditions and I have a special interest in spine surgery using minimally invasive techniques. I am a fellowship trained neuroendovascular surgeon specializing in treatment of vascular pathologies of the brain and spinal cord through the femoral artery. The procedure involves navigating a micocatheter (thin tube) through the vascular system, guiding it to the affected blood vessels for treatment. This leading-edge technique allows us to take care of aneurysms and other vascular issues without requiring a larger incision.

I balance this training and experience with a highly professional and highly compassionate nature and I believe these characteristics are what most patients look for when someone is going to perform a high risk procedure on their body and when life or death are involved. And nothing is more satisfying than to see my patients satisfied with the results of their surgery. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my wife and our three (soon to be four) children and I enjoy hiking outdoors, sailing and traveling.


1860 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 230
Fairfield, California

Medical degree, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Masters of Science, Human Genetics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Bachelor of Science with Honors, Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
Professional Memberships:

  • Distinguished Alumnus Visiting Professor- University of Pittsburgh, 2017
  • Copeland Award for Cranial Research, 2009 & 2010
  • Rudolph Matas Surgical Society Future Surgical Leadership Award, 2006
Languages Spoken:

  • English

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