“He taught so much about pediatric ophthalmology to so many of us, that many here are here because of him.”
—Spencer P. Thornton, MD, outgoing president of ASCRS
When Marshall Parks began his residency at Illinois’ Great Lakes Naval Hospital after serving in World War II, he was dismayed at the lack of interest among his colleagues in treating children. Ophthalmology was then primarily a geriatric specialty. His contributions to understanding and treating amblyopia and strabismus earned him world-renown as he almost single-handedly created the subspecialty field of pediatric ophthalmology. He helped to build up the reputation of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he trained many of the world’s pediatric ophthalmologists. He practiced in Washington, D.C., and in Dallas, Texas.