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John T. Parker, MD For an appointment call: 425.775.6651
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Head & Neck
Care Center:Puget Sound Ear, Nose & Throat
- Swedish Mill Creek
John T. Parker, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist. For nearly 30 years he has practiced general otolaryngology offering his patients high-quality, patient-focused care, covering all aspects of otolaryngology. His areas of clinical focus include the treatment of nasal and sinus disease, diagnosis and treatment of head and neck masses, surgical treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, and treatment of ear disease and hearing loss.
In 2017, Dr. Parker became the first physician in Washington State to offer Inspire treatment to patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The Inspire device is a fully implantable nerve stimulator which works to prevent airway obstruction during sleep. The device has proven to be a highly successful, well tolerated, elegant treatment for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Parker is the most experienced Inspire surgeon in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Parker practiced in Fort Collins, Colorado, before moving to Washington State. He volunteers with the Oregon and Western Washington Chapter of Healing the Children through mission trips to Guatemala, where he provides ear surgery and tonsillectomies to children in need.Print Full Bio
BA, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary and Affiliated Hospitals, Chicago, IL
American Board of Otolaryngology
Volunteer, Healing the Children, Oregon and Western Washington Chapter
Member, Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology
C.A.R.E. Award for exemplary patient care
University of Illinois Department of Otolaryngology – head and neck surgery — Resident Research Award
Edmonds Center for Outpatient Surgery
Swedish Medical Center
The Inspire® upper airway stimulation system works by implanting a small device under your skin. The device is placed in an outpatient procedure at our ASC, with no overnight stay involved. Once implanted, the device works by delivering minute electrical impulses to selected nerves innervating the tongue musculature to keep the airway open during sleep. You receive a remote control to activate the device during sleep and inactivate it while awake. Studies have shown the treatment to be highly effective in preventing airway obstruction and to be well tolerated by users. Over 1,600 patients throughout the United States have received Inspire implants.
Dr. Parker, who is board certified in otolaryngology, is the first physician in the state of Washington trained to offer Inspire therapy. Proliance is proud to be among the first to offer this treatment.
How Inspire Therapy Works
Inspire therapy is a breakthrough obstructive sleep apnea treatment option now offered at IMS. While you’re sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath you take. Based on your unique breathing patters, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to remain open during sleep.