New Faculty Q&A with Amanda Parkes, MD

Amanda Parkes, MD

Dr. Amanda ParkesAssistant Professor (CHS)
Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Hematology and Medical Oncology)
Joined the Department of Medicine as a faculty member: August, 2018

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I have a strong interest in medical education and am excited to educate and mentor trainees in my role as associate program director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. I’m also excited to further strengthen the division’s strong research footprint, with a particular interest in expanding clinical trial opportunities for sarcoma patients.
 
What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
I loved training at UW-Madison, where I completed both my undergraduate and medical degrees, and therefore was excited to return to Madison and UW.
 
What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I’m excited to work with such an accomplished group of providers and researchers to further cancer care. Even more exciting, however, is getting to know our amazing fellows and working with our dedicated fellowship team to continue to re-envision graduate medical education.
 
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love spending time with family and friends, enjoying being outside and re-exploring Madison.
 
Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
Remember everyone is a person with very unique interests, goals and talents.