Dr. Parris, a native of St Lucia, graduated from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree in 1968. After completing a rotating internship at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas and his residency at the University of the West Indies, he immigrated to the United States and did a residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt where he became a Professor of Anesthesiology and taught for 23 years. During this time, he published extensively on the Anesthetic management of many complex disease processes. Dr. Parris single-handedly developed a protocol for the Anesthetic management of Systemic Mastocytosis. His recommendations have been adopted worldwide and have significantly reduced the morbidity and mortality associated with Systemic Mastocytosis.
After developing an early interest in pain management, Dr. Parris became a founding member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American College of Pain Medicine, the American Board of Pain Medicine and the Tennessee Pain Society. He also founded the Vanderbilt Pain Control Center in 1982 and served as its Medical Director from 1982 to 1997.
Dr. Parris is an author of three textbooks, 28 book chapters, 81 refereed publications and 147 abstracts.back