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Alden Parsons, M.D.

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Medical School

University of North Carolina School of Medicine


UNC Hospitals, Department of Internal Medicine

UNC Hospitals, Department of Surgery


UNC Hospitals, Department of Surgery


UNC Hospitals, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery

Yale-New Haven Hospital, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery

Professional Experience

Clinical Instructor, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Houston, Texas

Clinical Specialists, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Clinical Care
Houston, Texas

Honors and Awards

Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Resident Research Award

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical/Translational Research Award

Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award

Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society

Alden Parsons, M.D.

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Professional Memberships

Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

American College of Chest Physicians

Personal Interests

Family, music, running, tennis, soccer and gardening


Publications by Dr. Parsons

MD Wilkerson, X Yin, KA Hoadley, Y Liu, M Hayward, CR Miller, S Randell, M Socinksi, AM Parsons, W Funkhouser, LThorne, P Bernard, CM Perou, D. N Hayes, Lung squamous cell carcinoma expression subtypes are reproducible, clinically-important, and similar to different cell types.  Submitted, JAMA, 2009.

AM Parsons, EK Ennis, BC Yankaskas, LA Parker, WB Hyslop, FC Detterbeck, Helical CT Inaccuracy in the Detection of Pulmonary Metastases:  Can it be Improved? Annals of Thoracic Surgey, 84(6):1830-6, December 2007. 

HW Yim, RJC Slebos, SH Randell, DM Umbach, AM Parsons, MP Rivera, FC Detterbeck, JA Taylor, Smoking is associated with increased telomerase activity in short-term cultures of human bronchial epithelial cells, Cancer Letters 246(1-2):24-33, Feb 2007.

NC Christie, AM Parsons, and KE Behrns, Metastatic Hepatic Paraganglioma Six Years After Carotid Body Tumor ResectionClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 4(10): A24, October 2006.

AM Parsons and FC Detterbeck, Of Buffaloes, Horshoes and Having No ConnectionsAnnals of Thoracic Surgery 80(4): 1521-3, October 2005.

RJC Slebos, E Livanos, HW Yim, SH Randell, AM Parsons, FC Detterbeck, MP Rivera, JA Taylor, Chromosomal abnormalities in bronchial epithelium from smokers, non-smokers and lung cancer patientsCancer Genet Cytogenet. 159(2):137-42, June 2005.

AM Parsons, FC Detterbeck and LA Parker, Accuracy of Helical CT in the Detection of Pulmonary Metastases:  Is Intraoperative Palpation Still Necessary? Annals of Thoracic Surgey,78(6):1910-8; discussion 1910-8, December 2004.

FC Detterbeck and AM Parsons, Tumors of the Thymus, Annals of Thoracic Surgery 77:1860-9, May 2004.

AM Parsons and FC Detterbeck,  Multifocal Right Atrial Myxoma and Pulmonary EmbolismAnnals of Thoracic Surgery 75:1323-4, April 2003

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