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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

Mark Parrish, M.D.

Mark Parrish, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics


Mark Parrish, M.D., is the chief of the division of Pediatric Cardiology. He specializes in the evaluation and medical treatment of children with heart disease or possible heart disease. For patients with complex congenital heart defects, he continues to see and help manage their care through their adult years as well.

The philosophy of the division of Pediatric Cardiology under Dr. Parrish’s leadership is to approach the care of these fragile patients using a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach that draws on the strengths of the multi-disciplinary faculty at UC Davis. This team-oriented approach draws on the expertise of nurses, dieticians, social workers, cardiothoracic surgeons and other subspecialists at UC Davis Medical Center during the entire the course of treatment, to develop the best possible treatment approach for each patient.

Dr. Parrish earned a medical degree at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed residency in general Pediatrics at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center (Portland), and specialty training in Pediatric Cardiology at Vanderbilt University (Nashville). He also has a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University (Boston). Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at UC Davis in 1989 as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, he was a faculty member and pediatric cardiologist at Vanderbilt University (Nashville) and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Dallas). Dr. Parrish is a member of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young of the American Heart Association, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a member of the Society for Pediatric Research.

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